Burning candles in your home can make it smell good and provide some ambience. Scented candles and candle warmers have become more and more popular and the holidays are a great time to do it to but what happens when this wax get on your carpet? What happens if it’s red or green?! It can be very hard to get wax out of carpet but with the right tools and little know-how you can be successful at getting it out.
Tools Needed to Get Wax Out of Carpet
• Credit card or a hard piece of plastic
• Vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment
• Clean white cloths and paper bags
Steps to Remove Candle Wax from Carpet
1. The first step is to pick up as much of the wax as you can with the card or piece of plastic. Do it gently so you don’t damage the carpet fibers and keep doing this until you can’t remove anymore wax. If you put some ice in a plastic bag and place it on top of the wax it will make it harder easier to remove.
2. Use the vacuum cleaner to clean up as much of the loose wax and do this until you’re no longer picking up any wax.
3. After you’ve removed as much wax as possible it’s time to melt the wax, so it will be easier to remove. Removing any residue will be easier by turning the wax onto its liquid form. Place a paper bag in top of the wax and use an iron on it. Just make sure you don’t leave the iron on the spot for too long. You don’t want to burn it! Turn the steam setting off and keep the temperature low. Keep checking and stop when the wax has melted. Move the bag around to a clean area so more wax will be absorbed.
4. Once the wax is gone you may still have a stain left behind. Make a cleaning solution of 8 parts water and 1 part ammonia. Soak a white rag with the solution and start blotting the stain. Do not rub. You will make the stain worse or damage the carpet fibers. Keep blotting until you no longer see color transferring to the cloth.
5. If you’re lucky the stain should be gone. If not, cover the stain with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 3 parts water. Allow the paste to dry and then vacuum it. This paste is good at absorbing color and you can repeat as needed.
6. The last step will be to rinse the area with cold water and extract it with towels or a shop vac if you have one. After you’ve absorbed as much water as possible lay a clean white towel over the spot and place a heavy object on top of it. Leave it there until it’s completely dry and vacuum.