Candles look beautiful in the home. They give off a warm glow that can really soften the look of a room and create ambiance.
However, what happens when your candle gets knocked over or drips wax onto your carpet?
Even if you catch the spill quickly, the mess can still be difficult to clean up. Let’s take a look at some of the different ways that you can remove candle wax from your carpet.
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Removing Wax from Carpet Using an Iron
- Heat your iron to a low heat setting and turn off the steam function. You don’t want to introduce any more moisture to the stained area.
- Place a brown paper bag over the wax stain, and make sure there isn’t any ink or writing on that part of the bag.
- You’re going to use your iron to gently apply heat in hopes of transferring the wax onto the bag.
- Never keep the iron in one place. Keep it moving slowly over the area. Check under the bag frequently to see if the wax is moving from the carpet to the bag’s surface.
- You may need to turn up the heat a little bit if you’re not seeing results but take your time gradually doing so.
- You may need to repeat this process a few times to get all of the wax up off your carpet. Ultimately, this is a really effective way to get rid of everything.
Removing Wax from Carpet Using a Hair Dryer
Your hair dryer can make your life easier by getting your hair dry after a shower or bath, but this handy tool can also be effectively used to remove wax from your carpet.
Most hair dryers blow out mild heat that’s just enough to remove the wax without damaging your carpet.
- You want to remove as much of the cooled wax as you can before applying any heat.
- Once you’ve done that, place a clean paper towel over the wax that’s remaining.
- Turn your hair dryer onto its highest heat setting and move it around the area of where the wax is while applying a little bit of pressure to the paper towel every few seconds.
- This process should heat the wax up and the paper towel should absorb it.
Removing Wax from Carpet without the Use of Heat
Heat has the potential to damage your carpet. If you apply too much heat at once, it can melt the individual fibers.
A method you can use that doesn’t require heat is freezing the wax. Make sure the wax is completely solidified before you try to clean it up.
If it’s still somewhat soft, hold some ice on the spot to get it totally hard.
Use a dull knife to scrape away as much of the hardened wax as you can. The goal is to get the bulk of the wax off so you can use another method to remove the rest of the residue.
Carpet cleaners may also be effective at removing wax. If you have an actual carpet shampooing machine, use that on the spot to see if some of the wax comes up.
The warm water in combination with the agitation from the shampooer might do the trick.
You can also try store bought products that can remove a variety of materials from your carpet.
Just make sure you read through the instructions carefully before applying it to your carpet. You don’t want to do more harm than good.
Can Baking Soda and Vinegar Get Wax Out of Carpet?
The combination of vinegar and baking soda can be used to remove any residual material left behind by a wax stain.
It’s not going to be ultra-effective when you’re trying to get up the bulk of the stain though.
Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on the wax stain. Let it sit there for a couple of minutes before proceeding.
Pour a small amount of vinegar on the stain and let everything fizz away. Leave the mixture on the stain until it stops bubbling.
This is a DIY cleaning agent that can be used to neutralize the area of the stain and get it clean.
You may want to spot test an area of carpet before applying vinegar. Vinegar has the potential to alter the color or sheen of your carpet.
Once you’re sure it’s safe, get to work removing the wax from your carpet.
Now that you have a few tricks up your sleeve, you can try to remove the stubborn wax that you have embedded in your carpet fibers.
Stick to one technique at a time, but feel free to progress to a different concept if what you’re doing isn’t working.
It can sometimes take a few tries to get the wax completely removed from your carpet.
Our site is not liable for any accidental harm to your carpet. Always remember to spot test new cleaning products before widespread use.
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