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eBay sellers who buy used clothing from thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment stores often have to deal with minor repairs or stain removal to get the highest selling price for their item. Sometimes the stain is grease, dirt, paint, marker, or candle wax. Of all stain removal situations, candle wax is actually the easiest to deal with.

1. Hard wax is easiest to remove. Put the item in the freezer for about an hour so the wax hardens, Then gently scrape the hardened wax away with a butter knife, taking care not to rip or pull the fabric.

2. If the wax is imbedded deep into a textured fabric, like a thick wool sweater, place a paper towel over the area and run a hot iron over it. The wax will melt enough to stick to the paper towel.

3. If the wax leaves behind a grease stain, use a stain remover like Shout to pretreat the stain. (Do not use stain-pretreatments on silk or other fine fabrics - this could make the stain worse.)

4. After the stain remover has set into the garment, rub the area with a small amount of liquid detergent. You can also use a paste made from a powdered detergent mixed with water.

5. Wash the item in the washing machine according to the label instructions.

For fine garments that must be dry cleaned only, consult a dry cleaner. Depending on how much you paid for the item and the estimated selling price, dry cleaning may be a good investment. For example, a high end mens suit or a woman's silk dress.

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