Some times I can be really careless and forgetful, from leaving behind my wallet to forgetting to bring my glasses. To my greatest horror, this morning I realised my biggest yet carelessness – leaving the Easter candle on my car seat. Having parked my car under the hot sun yesterday, the entire candle stick melted onto the car seat which is made of fabric. It covers almost the entire right seat.
I freaked out! Being an OCD, I can’t just stand to see a huge blot of oily wax stain on my brand new car seat. Minutes after making a post on Facebook, Victor and Alicia suggested that I use the ‘iron method’ to remove the wax. So I tried what they recommended:
Step 1: Scrap of excess wax
I used the blunt side of the butter knife to scrap off the wax, this is so not to damage the fabric and to prevent the wax from melting further onto the fabric during the ironing stage.
Step 2: Remove scraps
Next, I took out the vacuum cleaner and suck away all the wax scrapings since it is almost impossible to use a brush or by hand.
Step 3: Place paper towel/serviette
After making sure there’s no wax scrapings left on the cushion, I place the serviette on the affected areas. You’ll need a lot of serviettes for this purpose.
Step 4: Iron
Instead of using brown paper, I make do with the newletter paper. I laid it over the serviette and started ironing on it, this allows the wax to melt again and be absorbed into the serviette. I repeated the process a number of times in the same area to heat all the wax into the serviette. The iron was set to medium heat.
Step 6: Clean with dishwasher
Most candles are made from waste cooking oil. Even though most of the wax could be melted and absorbed by the serviette, there was still oil residue on the cushion. Not able to take out the cushion cover, I mixed a few drops of dishwasher in the warm water and blot on the area gently with a sponge to remove the residue. Then I dabbed with warm water to remove the dishwasher.
Hola! After one hour of cleaning this is how my car seat looks like. Almost as good as new but the white oil mark is still quite noticeable. I’m still not very satisfied with my work, will get some dry cleaning solvent to clean off the faint white marks or probably send it for a cushion wash.
Instead of sending my car for an expensive treatment, I spent less than 20 bucks and one hour to remove the wax. Bought an extension cord (RM12.90), a packet of serviette (RM1.10) and new sponge (RM3.00).