The best method for wax removal from cloth items
is to place the item on a flat surface, place a brown paper
bag, paper towel, or ink blotter over the wax, then press
with a warm iron. You should keep the iron moving to
Take extra care with man-made
fibers since an iron that is too hot can destroy some of
If the item is to be cleaned by laundering, you should
use an alternate method for wax removal. Run hot water
from a faucet or pour boiling water through the spotted
area of the cloth. As the wax melts, it is washed out of
the cloth by the heat and force of the water.
Never use this method for items that are dry cleaned.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF
OTHER EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLY ITEMS
In addition to linens, hangings, and vestments, you
will need to know how to clean and maintain other
ecclesiastical items such as candlesticks and candle
followers, communion ware, chapel equipment, and
Candlesticks and Candle Followers
Remove wax from candlesticks and candle
followers with tissue paper or soft paper products while
the wax is still warm. To remove hard, dried wax, run
hot water over the item to melt the wax, then wipe the
item with a paper towel or soft cloth. Do not attempt to
scrape the wax, or remove it with steel wool as this will
scratch the finish.
To remove wax from wood, gently rub the area with
a plastic scratch pad until the wax is removed. Again,
take care not to rub hard since softwoods scar easily and
the finish may be damaged. You may also use the warm
iron method (except on laminates), but you must
exercise care since light woods will show burns easily.
Requirements concerning disposal or storage of
excess communion elements and cleaning communion
ware vary according to each faith groups requirements
or chaplains preference. Consult with your chaplain
regarding requirements for handling communion ware
and communion elements. Since traditions and church
laws vary among faith groups, write down specific
instructions for handling, caring, cleaning, and disposal
of communion ware and communion elements for each
faith group you support. You must understand the faith
groups or chaplains requirements in this regard and
you must follow their instructions carefully.
THE INDIVIDUAL CUP SET There are several
different kinds of cups used with the individual cup set.
They come in disposable, glass, or hard plastic form. No
matter what type you use, you should account for them.
Accounting for them will help you make certain none
will be left in the RMF after a service.
Many RMFs use inexpensive disposable cups. This
makes cleaning up an easy task. The used cups are
simply collected, washed thoroughly, and thrown away.
Glass and hard plastic cups are also used. Since these
are costly, you need to take additional care. Take the
trays to the sink and wash them as soon as possible so
that the wine or juice used in the service does not dry in
the cups. Prepare warm soapy water for cups and trays.
Remove the cups from the trays, then wash and rinse
both the cups and the trays. You must use care with glass
cups so that they will not chip or break. A plastic dish
pan in the sink or a rubber mat in the bottom of the sink
will help keep the glasses from breaking. Do not place
too many glass cups in the sink at once. You may dry
the cups with a clean towel or simply permit the cups to
drain dry. Towel dry the trays to prevent water spotting.
A device is available that fastens on top of the tray and
holds all the glasses in the tray while you wash and rinse
a whole tray at once.
Never attempt to wash any kind of individual
communion cup in an electric dishwasher as this may
result in broken or melted cups in the bottom of the
SPECIAL HANDLING REQUIREMENTS
FOR COMMUNION ELEMENTS. Orthodox,
some Protestant faith groups, and Roman Catholics
believe that the communion elements, bread and wine,
become the actual body and blood of Jesus when
consecrated during a Eucharistic service. Therefore,
you should consider the bread and wine to be very sacred
items. Know your chaplains requirements for handling
any consecrated element, as well as the vessels that
contain them, especially those that are kept following
the liturgy, mass, or service.
As an RP, you will not normally be concerned with
the disposal of consecrated elements following the