How to Get Wax Out of Carpet
Keeping every nook and cranny of your house clean is no picnic – whether you’re figuring out how to tile clean grout or getting to work cleaning those blinds. While these chores may be challenging, they have nothing to do with the Herculean effort that you must undertake to keep the carpet pristine around pets, children, and even yourself. This can mean focusing on how to remove coffee stains from the carpet or remove nail polish from your carpet after a day of spa at home. These are not exactly low-maintenance tasks. There are times when a spill seems so overwhelming that all you want to do is rip out your current carpet and find out exactly how much it will cost to install a new carpet.
That brings us to the dangers of dinner parties. What sets the tone better than candlelight? It adds the perfect ambience, but there are times when some of that mood lighting in the form of melted wax drips right onto the carpet. Getting spilled candle wax off your carpet may seem difficult, but luckily we’ve got you covered. This super easy four step process will help you get candle wax off your carpet using items you already have around the house. Read on for the list of materials you’ll need for this project and some insider tips on how to keep your carpet looking like new. There’s no point crying over spilled wax, after all.
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What you will need
- Bags of ice or ice packs
- Butter knife
- Iron or hair dryer
- Paper towel, brown paper bag or terry towel
- Carpet cleaner or alcohol
Step 1: freeze the wax
First things first, it’s important to remove candle wax from your carpet as soon as you notice it. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to clean the wax stain. First, put a plastic bag of ice or an ice pack on the spot. Let the wax freeze for about 10 minutes, being careful not to let the wax get wet from your ice pack. Moisture will only make it harder to remove the stain.
Step 2: scrape off wax
Once the wax is frozen, use a butter knife to scrape as much wax off the carpet as you can. Don’t be too rough with the carpet as you don’t want to cut the threads. Vacuum the scraped parts, then go to step 3.
Step 3: heat and absorb the wax
Place a paper towel, brown paper bag, or white terry towel on the remaining wax stain. Heat your iron on the lowest setting, turn off the steam function and run a clean iron over the towel to heat the wax. Make sure the iron is constantly on the move and avoid the temptation to turn up the heat – you don’t want to accidentally burn the paper or your carpet! Once you see the towel absorb the wax, position it over the wax stain to allow a clean area to absorb more wax. Repeat this step until all of the wax is gone.
If you want to avoid running an iron on your carpet, you can also use a hairdryer to heat the wax. Simply blow hot air on the wax stain until it is warm, then press a paper towel, brown paper bag, or white terry towel firmly onto the stain to absorb the wax.
Step 4: clean the carpet
Lastly, go over the stained area with a carpet cleaning solution. For annoying candle wax, moisten a white terry cloth with a little alcohol and gently dab the stain until the color is removed. Be careful not to rub the solution into the carpet as this could damage the fragile fibers. After your carpet has dried, run a vacuum over the area to restore the natural texture of your carpet. And voilà! You are ready to have your next dinner party.
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