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How to Remove Candle Wax From Velvet Fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

Velvet is a fabric often used to make a party dress or semi-formal top. It is also used to cover luxurious pillows and sofas. Because it's a relatively expensive fabric, you won't want to have to replace it if it's ruined. Candles drips sometimes seem unavoidable. Fortunately, candle wax drips and spills do not mean a favourite item of clothing or fancy pillow is ruined because you can remove candle wax from velvet.

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Smooth the velvet fabric. If the wax is fresh, be careful not to spread warm wax any farther.

Place a brown paper bag or paper towels on top of the dripped wax.

Set your steam iron on high. A temperature of 73.9 degrees C will melt most candle waxes. Gently iron back and forth over the paper. Keep the iron in motion to avoid any burns. As the paper soaks up the wax, replace it with fresh paper until the wax is removed from the velvet fabric.


To avoid drips in the first place, don't put lit candles in drafts. Use candle holders with wide enough brims to catch dripping wax. Use the best quality candles; candles with fewer additives tend to drip less. Pure beeswax drips very little.


Keep the iron in motion and check frequently while removing wax to avoid burning fabric or paper.

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Things You'll Need

  • Steam iron
  • Paper bag or paper towels

About the Author

Samantha Hanly is an organic vegetable gardener, greenhouse gardener and home canner. She grows a substantial portion of her family's food every year. After receiving her bachelor's degree, Hanly embarked on a career teaching dramatic arts, arts and crafts, and languages. She became a professional writer in 2000, writing curricula for use in classrooms and libraries.

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