Wax on microfiber sofa

Dave Y

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Just got a call from a client with a 4"x3" wax spot on the arm and various smaller drips on a microfiber sofa.

I told her it was likely irreversible due to the fibers affinity for oily spots and that most microfibers are flocked. So, I can't use any solvents..

Any suggestions?
 

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The microfiber will be more sensitive to heat than most carpet. The white towel or brown paper bag with heat works well, but very careful on how much heat.

For excessive amounts of wax, begin by using a freeze spray as used for gum. Freeze the wax and scrape or chip off as much as possible before going to the heat method.

For colored dyes left after the above steps have been completed, try StainZONE.
 

Dave Y

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I was going to brown bag it and use a steamer. I would never use an iron due to it's low melting point.

I know that even with the best efforts the spot will always look darker than the rest of the fabric.( The wax will change the light reflection + the oil affinity.

Was wondering if isopropyl alcohol will cut the wax. Since it won't harm the backing or melt the face fabric.
 

Dave Y

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Update:

The wax spot was much larger than mentioned. There was a 8'x7" dark brown wax spot on the microfiber sofa's arm and a 14"x 18" splattered area.

I was able to resolve the problem 100%

I melted the wax with my Black & decker wallpaper stripper steamer. Then I wiped off most of the melted wax with some heavy duty paper shop towels. I removed the remaining wax with some isopropyl alcohol gentle agitation with my fingertips and more wiping with the towels.


The client was amazed!!!!!!