Candles are a really great addition to your home emergency kit. They can be used when there are blackouts or countless other ways in everyday life. Then you discover wax on your carpet or rugs afterward. If you use candles, you should know how to remove wax from your carpets.
The process of removing wax drips might keep you from having those candlelight parties. Good thing you don't have to worry about those anymore because we are going to tell you how to tackle the problem so that you can get your rug spotless and wax-free.
Keep on reading to learn about the materials you need and the easy steps to follow.
Materials that You Need
Here are the steps that you can follow to remove wax out of a carpet. Keep in mind that you can also tweak some things depending on the current situation of your carpet.
- 1Make Sure to Freeze the WaxGet an ice pack or a bag of ice and place it on the wax drip. You don’t want to get the wax wet, so it is best to wrap the pack or the bag with a towel first.
- 2Scrape the Wax OffWait for the wax to freeze. Once it is frozen, you can then take your knife and remove as much wax as possible. It’s possible that you can remove everything. If it all came off in one go, you can then proceed to step four.
- 3Prepare the Area and Iron Out the StainTake out your paper bag, terry cloth towel, or paper towel and put that on the wax. Next, prepare your iron and set it to the proper setting for your carpet type. Make sure that it is not too hot or it might melt the carpet fibers. Further, do not use the steam setting. After the iron heats, press it slowly around the towel or bag that you used. The wax should get absorbed by the bag or towel. Move the towel or rag around and keep on repeating the process until everything is removed.
- 4If there are still bits of wax left or even dye stains, a commercial carpet cleaner will take care of that. If you do not have a carpet cleaner, rubbing alcohol can also work. After that, you can blot using a clean cloth.
- 5You can then restore the texture of the carpet by using a vacuum. All you have to do is to attach an upholstery brush attachment. You are done!
The main thing with removing wax out of a carpet is to first cool it. This cooling method will break down the simple properties in wax and will also stop it from penetrating your carpet fibers even more. At the same time, the wax will clump up so that you can get it out in just one go.
After cleaning, it's important to absorb whatever is left by the use of heat. This might sound counterproductive, but what you are really getting rid of is the moisture that the wax produced. When you do all of the steps correctly, you might just find yourself holding candlelight parties all the time!