Many people love the aroma that candles provide. The smell helps reduce stress and the soft light is relaxing. However, when hot wax spills on your carpets you may wonder how you will get the wax out. Sometimes wax can even leave behind a stain in the carpets. When you have wax that has melted into the carpet and possibly left a stain, Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share how to remove the wax and stain from your carpets.
Ice Wax on Carpet
When a melted candle tips over and wax spills all over the carpets, do not panic. Wax can be removed from the carpet. The first step is to let the wax cool and harden. When wax spills, leave it alone and gather the tools you will need to remove and clean the stain. You first step is to freeze the wax. Get a bag of ice and place it over the wax. While the ice freezes the wax, get the tools and cleaning materials such as:
• Two White Towels
• Butter Knife
• Brown Bag or Thick Paper
• Carpet Cleaner
How Do You Remove Candle Wax from Carpet with an Iron?
Freeze Wax – Your first step to removing the wax is to freeze it. Hopefully you already have ice over the wax which will cool and freeze it. This will make it much easier to get it off your carpets. Once the wax is frozen you will want to use the butter knife to scrape the wax off the top of the carpet. Do not dig out the wax that is below the carpets surface. Simply remove the wax on the top first. Remove the wax pieces as you go and discard them in the trash.
Remove Melted Wax with Iron – The next step is to remove the wax that melted into the carpet. Turn on your iron and let it heat up. Keep the iron on the lower heat setting to avoid damaging the carpet’s pile. With the brown paper bag or thick piece of paper in hand, place it over the wax. Gently run the iron over the paper bag. The wax will begin to melt onto the bag. You may need to move and adjust the paper bag as it absorbs the wax. You may find you need to use more than one bag to remove most of the wax out of the carpet. Repeat this process until most of the wax is out of the carpet. There may be some oily residue and pigment in the carpet, but that’s okay as the next step will clean the carpet.
Clean Carpet – Now it is time to clean the carpet. With your preferred carpet cleaner, apply the cleaner to the site. If you are using a commercial product, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are using a homemade cleaner, apply the cleaner and blot at the stain or residue. Using your white cleaning cloth, blot at the stain. Use the second cloth (dry) and press it down on the damp carpet to help absorb the moisture out of the carpet. Allow the carpet to dry and then vacuum the carpet to restore the carpet’s texture.