A Quick and Easy Guide to Get Wax Out of the Carpet: Freezing or Melting is the KEY!
No matter how careful you are with your candles, dripping wax may still end up on your carpet.
And it doesn’t look great on my rugs. But I’m sure it doesn’t look appealing on yours, too.
The wax lumps look so weird on the area it landed on. Plus, it might damage carpet fibers if you leave it for too long.
I know the 2 easy methods to safely remove the wax and wax stains from your carpet.
Let’s get that wax off.
If you’re like me who lights a scented candle for ambiance, you’ll know a good candle can liven up the mood.
But when it drips down to your rugs, that’s a different story. Indeed, candle wax is designed to melt and then harden soon enough.
Don’t worry, you can easily remove wax from carpet with these effective steps.
For the first method, you’ll have need the following materials:
Step 1: Get a brown paper bag.
You know, the brown bags that you get from the grocery store. That will do.
Step 2: Place a paper towel inside the bag as an additional layer.
This will help absorb the wax more. Then, cover the waxed area with it.
Step 3: Take your flat iron and turn it on the flat iron.
Step 4: With the bag in place on top of the area with wax, press the iron on top of it for a few seconds.
Step 5: At this stage, you’ll notice that the bag absorbs the wax.
To get all the wax out, you’ll need to re-arrange the bag and pick a side with no wax yet (unsaturated part). Place it on top of the wax area. Repeat Step 4 – 5.
Step 6: Spray or apply rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub it on the affected area.
Then, get a clean part of the cloth (without alcohol) and place it above the area again.
Step 7: Lightly press the clothes iron on the cloth and let any dye from the wax seep into the cloth.
Step 8: Finish cleaning off the carpet by blotting carpet cleaning solution on a cloth over the area.
Even if both methods can get wax out of carpets, this one works better for fresh wax.
So, for this second method, prepare the following materials:
Step 1: Get a bag of ice cubes and place them on top of the wax area.
This is very important to place the ice cubes in a bag before and not to apply them directly to the wax. Why? Because otherwise, they will melt. And as a result, it will just wet a large area on the carpet. Instead, you want the wax cold and hard, not too wet.
Step 2: Keep the bag of ice cubes on for at least five minutes.
Step 3: Then, scrape the wax with a butter knife. Here you can scrape as much wax as you can.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 if there are any lumps of wax or wax stains left.
Step 5: Use a towel or cloth with rubbing alcohol on the area to remove the remaining color or wax stain.
Step 6: Place a cloth over the stained area and press the steaming iron to help absorb the dye or remaining color.
Step 7: Spray a carpet cleaner solution on the area and blot off with a towel. For this step, you can use your own homemade carpet cleaning solution.
Step 8: Finally, vacuum the area after the process to return it to normal texture.
And that’s it!
If you get anxious by using iron on the carpet (especially if the carpet is a bit more expensive than usual), you can use a hairdryer. In fact, hairdryers are fine. Although it will take a while for it to heat and melt the wax, it will work fine after a few minutes of directly hovering it over the area.
If the colored part is from paint, you may do so. But do not apply heat on thinner as it may cause fire or damage your carpet further. Should you wish to remove dye from the wax, use the alcohol procedure mentioned above.
Ice packs are the ones readily available in most of our homes. And they require little to no protective gear when used. Regarding dry ice, it is alright as long as you handle it with care, you wouldn’t want to burn your hands by using dry ice wrongly. Dry ice’s only benefit is to leave little marks. But if you have an ice pack (or simply put ice in a plastic bag), that will do.
Follow the steps above to safely remove the candle wax from your carpet.
Now, tell me:
Let me know which works best by leaving a comment below.