17 died in the UK in house fires caused by candles in 2001 (the most
recent stats available at www.odpm.gov.uk)
There have been only 3 firework fatalities between 1997 and 2002
(Guess who's the only one in the office back at work today, and is
Never place the iron directly onto a material which doesn't have a ironing
label and you are unsure of. Although brown paper is the traditional remedy
it's much better to use kitchen paper these days. Put it on both sides of
the speaker material and use the lowest iron setting. Candle wax melts at a
low point. Change the paper a few times to make sure you blot it all.
Had a similar problem with our speakers when the missus put a candle on one
and it dripped right down the front of it.
I popped off the cover and held it under the hot tap which melted the wax
enough to wash it away sucessfully.
( a little light brushing was required to agitate the more stuborn bits )
Depends on the quality of the 'wax'. I doubt that it will be beeswax so will
be any one of a variety of solid paraffins or stearin.
The melting point isn't important, as others have suggested use an iron with
paper between the sole plate and the item. But start on a very low
temperature setting on the iron and only slowly raise it.
Recently I spilled tallow all over the landing carpet and found that
unprinted newspaper was extremely effective in absorbing the tallow. Some
brown papers are glazed, you need an untreated paper for best effect. It
might even be a good idea to use more than one layer, removing the lower one
as it absorbs the wax.
Wax softens at water boiling pount, but warm washing won't shift it.
I'd suggest first of all soaking in a warm organic solvent - white
spirit may indeed work well, followed by dropping in a basin of
detergent of some sort.
If the covers can't be removed for washing, try gently dabbing with
absorbent paper and cellulose thinners.
SWMBO lit one of those hideous multi dipped and carved American
decorative candles in a saucer on the hearth, (as per the
instructions) it was about 10" tall. Unwisely we left it burning
unattended and at some stage when it had burnt well down the side
melted through and released about a pound of melted wax which
overwhelmed the saucer and spilled onto the new carpet. :-(
I got it off completely by softening it with a hair dryer and
mechanically scraping it off, then I used a heavy organic solvent (so
it didn't just evaporate immediately) alternating with a steam cleaner
to keep the wax liquid. When I'd got all I could off by doing that I
used a lighter organic solvent to remove what was left inc. last
traces of the heavy solvent.
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