February 22, 2008

Wax on, wax off

I watched The Karate Kid for the first time last weekend and I kid you not . . . it was awful. My husband thinks it's the greatest movie ever made, and I had to keep myself from audibly booing and hissing. Bad acting? Check. Horrible script? Check. Lame soundtrack? Double check. I think maybe it's because I waited until I was 29 to see it for the first time, but honestly, I don't see what the draw is.

Anyway, this post isn't about the Karate Kid. It's literally about wax.

So, I was so excited about tonight. Kyle didn't have to be anywhere, I didn't have anything to work on. So we ordered pizza and were going to watch the first disc of the first season of Damages. I should have known it was too good to be true.

I have this little wax warmer thing that I put these wax discs in to melt and make my house smell yummy. It sits on the ledge of the half-wall between my kitchen and living room. As I was reaching over the ledge to grab something . . . while holding Jack . . . he reached out and grabbed the dish full of hot wax and flung it everywhere.

It was a total disaster.

It was all over my clothes and face. Luckily, only a few specks seemed to hit Jack's face and the rest landed on his pajamas (which I'm pretty sure are ruined). I took this picture thinking that it was the worst of it, but when I turned around, I realized how bad it actually was. It made it all the way over to our couch . . . it is all over the cushions and armrest as well as on the clean laundry that was sitting on our sofa.

I can get the wax off of the walls and carpet by putting a towel on the wax and running a hot iron over it. Unfortunately, when I tried that on the microfiber sofa, the spots got darker and larger. Ugh. We shouldn't be allowed to have nice things.

So, if anyone has advice for getting orange wax out of cream microfiber, I'm open to suggestions. But right now I'm going to go and try to get these big clumps of wax out of my hair.


Minnie said...

I don't have a tried and true method, but I know those Mr. Cl*an Magic Erasers work on a microfiber couch with food stains.

I LOLed at "We should never be allowed to have nice things." That's a regular saying in this house.

Good luck, and look at the bright side, the couch will smell nice.

Anonymous said...

You had NEVER seen Karate Kid?!?! Oh Sara, well, no wonder you thought it was horrible. You have to remember cinematography (sp?) was much different in the early 80's. I agree with Kyle....in it's day, it was an awesome movie! I agree with you....that to view it now, for the first time....would be quite a let down! :)

Sara Neufeld said...

That stinks! Uuuhh, I know the feeling. We had a candle overflow and run all over the wall and stuff below it. I have never totally gotten it out of our textured wall. I guess if I sat there with a toothbrush, I don't know, we have a chair in front of it right now. ;)

Anonymous said...

Try Goo Gone...you can get it in a spray bottle at Walmart. It is wonderful, you can use it on anything. It cleans up wax, tar, oil, tags off of picture frames and you can use it on fabric as well. I use it all the time on Jordan's clothing. If you can't find it let me know and I will send you some.

Kyle Luke said...

GOO GONE?! I have a bottle of that . . . I had never even considered using that! I'm going to try it right now!

Xander said...

I am just catching up on your blog - so much illness in our house has kept me from my regular blog reading!!

I too just saw Karate Kid for the first time last month! (you win though - I was 27 when seeing it for the first time - not 29).

I can see why our peers, who were all in gradeschool when it came out were enthralled with it. But I agree - as a 27 year old I wasn't that impressed! At least I know where all the quotes come from now!

Miss you :)