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How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« on: Feb 25, 2011, 03:17:33 PM »
Hi ladies

I wander if you can assist. I recently had candle wax spilt over my bran new leather shoes and i am most upset. I have since looked online to see any remedies that may work. I have come across advice such as putting your shoe in the freezer for half an hour and then scrapping of the wax. To getting a paper towel and putting this between shoe and iron, and it is supposed to glean of the wax.

My ? is has anyone tried any of these remedies? or any oter useful tried and tested remedies would be much appreciated so salvage my shoe!!

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #1 on: Feb 25, 2011, 03:20:32 PM »
I've done those things on cloth items, never shoes. You do have to freeze the wax so it can be scraped and I suspect there will be a spot or scratch marks left on your shoe. Maybe a shoe repair shop has a better idea of getting the wax out  - as well as retouching your shoe to look like new.

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #2 on: Feb 25, 2011, 03:25:03 PM »
I've got the residue of candle wax out of things with margarine, I suppose you would have to use a mild washing up liquid to remove the margarine from the leather afterwards, but that is not so problematic as wax.

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #3 on: Feb 26, 2011, 01:39:03 AM »
my my someone was having fun! but what was your new leather shoe doing.... oh, never mind.

wax melts, and at a lower temperature than water boils, so...
depending on the part of the shoe you could use an iron over any form of absorbant layer ... linen is best (think linen pillowcase), but newspaper will work. its not as absorbant so will take longer. use very thick layers, whatever you use, so iron does not scortch shoe

also just letting it set and then flaking off would probably work

In fact, I've cleaned wax of my doc martins that way in the past, with no stain left behind

not that I've ever used my precious docs....
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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #4 on: Feb 26, 2011, 01:48:45 AM »
To be able to give you the proper advice regarding your damaged shoe, it is imperative, first, that you tell me, in minute detail, exactly what you were doing, and with whom, to cause this damage - supported by photographic evidence from all possible angles.

Without this information I cannot guarantee that any advice I might give wouldn't cause further irreparable damage.

 :P ;) :P

Seriously - I would try putting shoe in freezer, and then gently picking off the frozen wax, and then try to heat up any residue and mop of with a paper towel.  Of course you could always try putting shoe in microwave to melt the wax if no metal on shoe - but don't take my word for that as I have an unfortunate history when it comes to microwave incidents.
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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #5 on: Feb 26, 2011, 02:10:56 AM »
Do you have or know anyone who has a steam cleaner? They are amazing at getting wax off things, even carpets.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 26, 2011, 11:02:24 AM »
I'm now less interested in hearing about how to get candle wax of a brand new leather shoe and more interested in the exploits of Farnam's DMs and Juicy Crone's unfortunate microwave incidents. Please divulge! I hope the handy hints help with the wax removal.
« Last Edit: Feb 26, 2011, 11:04:08 AM by Dystopianna »

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #7 on: Feb 26, 2011, 11:18:03 AM »
Given shoes tend to have metal in them microwaves are NOT a good idea..... They also cannot be used to revive hamsters that froze to death the previous night

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 26, 2011, 12:04:32 PM »
^ Or dry off kittens that got wet in the rain. They also cannot be dried out by the use of tumble dryers. You could try using a hair dryer on a low heat. Animals may object to this, however.

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #9 on: Feb 26, 2011, 01:43:06 PM »
Microwaves are also not an alternative to tumble dryers when it comes to drying knickers - if you put them on High for 20 minutes they WILL catch fire  :-[
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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #10 on: Feb 26, 2011, 01:49:37 PM »
It depends on the type of wax + type of shoe leather you're dealing with, but since shoe polish is often made from wax and turpentine or white spirit, turps or white spirit alone might dissolve and lift the last remaining residue.  On the other hand, it might also leave a stain, so handle with care + don't attempt on shoes with a nubuck finish.

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #11 on: Feb 26, 2011, 02:06:23 PM »
To be able to give you the proper advice regarding your damaged shoe, it is imperative, first, that you tell me, in minute detail, exactly what you were doing, and with whom, to cause this damage - supported by photographic evidence from all possible angles.

Without this information I cannot guarantee that any advice I might give wouldn't cause further irreparable damage.

 :P ;) :P

Seriously - I would try putting shoe in freezer, and then gently picking off the frozen wax, and then try to heat up any residue and mop of with a paper towel.  Of course you could always try putting shoe in microwave to melt the wax if no metal on shoe - but don't take my word for that as I have an unfortunate history when it comes to microwave incidents.

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Digressing...

Many thanks for your suggestions. I think i shall try the freezer idea, in the first instance and take it from there. However probably a silly ? do i put the shoe in a plastic bag? if so how long do i leave in freezer? would you suggest metal/plastic object to scrap off residue?
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« Reply #12 on: Feb 26, 2011, 06:02:16 PM »
I'd like to raise an objection Sassy one. Whilst I admit my mind is often in far away places and sometimes even in the gutter, I made no suggestions as to what you might've been doing when you very unfortunately dropped candle wax on your brand new shoe. I thought you were more than likely carrying a scented candle into the sitting room to make it smell lovely and that you'd just come in from work, or somewhere you'd had to look respectable. I imagined you cat or another pet had got under your feet and you momentarily stumbled, thus spilling the newly melting wax onto said shoe. I defy anyone to prove anything different. You know though, one would hope it was a slightly more exciting turn of events but in my experience these things usually happen in the most mundane of situations. By the way, are you anywhere near close to getting wax off your shoe? I think a photo of  said shoe is appropriate here, even if photos aren't allowed. A link would be ok. Or you could delete it when we've all had a chance to look at the poor shoe in question via a picture.

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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #13 on: Feb 26, 2011, 09:23:26 PM »
It depends on the type of wax + type of shoe leather you're dealing with, but since shoe polish is often made from wax and turpentine or white spirit, turps or white spirit alone might dissolve and lift the last remaining residue.  On the other hand, it might also leave a stain, so handle with care + don't attempt on shoes with a nubuck finish.

That.  If not, a little heat with a paper towel (very cool iron for very little time), although that will leave a slight mark.
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Re: How to get candle wax off from leather shoe!
« Reply #14 on: Apr 01, 2011, 12:12:47 AM »
Unfortunately the freezer method did not work :(. I kept it in for about 1.5 hours but sadly wax still remains on shoe. Will have to consider taking to shoe maker for more specliased ideas.. I hope.
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