How to Remove Candle Wax from Your Carpet the Right Way

December 24, 2010

Although the idea of actually living by candle light only is not an appealing thought,  most of us like the look (and often the smell) of a few candles scattered around the house. Accidentally spilling candle wax on your nice carpet however is not such a pleasant thing. There are ways though that you can remove candle wax from carpeting however without damaging it beyond all repair. Here’s how:

  1. Wait for the wax to cool and harden before you do a thing. Keep people and pets away from the area to avoid them accidentally making it worse.
  2. After a while you can try going over the spilled wax with an ice cube to harden it even more. Just don’t get the area too wet.
  3. Carefully use a butter knife to remove as much of the top layer of the now hardened wax as you can. Careful is the key word here though, don’t pull or rip at the carpet as you are likely to cause even more damage that way.
  4. After you have removed as much of the wax by hand as you can, find a brown paper grocery bag (one without colored inks, or turned inside out) and cut it into reasonably sized strips, big enough to cover the wax stain.
  5. Turn on your iron and let it heat itself up to one of it’s higher settings.
  6. Place one of the pieces of brown paper over the wax stain and then cover it with an old (but clean) rag or towel.
  7. Run the hot iron carefully over the towel and paper, taking care not to iron any nearby exposed carpet itself. This motion causes the wax to melt once more but this time it will cling to the paper bag.
  8. Pull up the piece of grocery bag and you should see the wax transferred to it. The process may have to be repeated several times before all the wax is out of your carpet though.

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