Getting wax out of anything can be difficult. It’s worse with wax on carpets, since the wax dries on the fabric. However, with the proper method, it can come out. This article takes you through the steps of removing candle wax from your carpet.
Whether it’s a family celebration or a cozy dinner for two, scented designer candles are used as decoration pieces for most of these occasions. There is one problem though, we often find that the wax drippings from the candles tend to cause unsightly stains on our carpets, tablecloths, and upholstery. Carpets are especially troublesome, as the hot wax ends up drying on the fabric.
Tips to Remove Candle Wax from a Carpet
Scratch out as much wax as possible from the carpet using a slightly sharp object such as a butter knife or a spoon.
Once the excess wax has been removed, you will notice that there is still some stubborn wax which is sticking to the carpet. Place some ice cubes on the remaining wax for about five minutes. Ice cubes will help harden the wax, and thus the stubborn wax can be removed with the knife.
Take an old newspaper and place it over the wax. Take an iron, set it on low, and place it on the newspaper. This will help to melt the wax and it will stick to the paper. Repeat this process a few times by changing the paper until all the wax comes off.
Now that the wax has been removed, it is time to remove wax stains from the carpet. These stains are caused by the dyes used in the wax. To remove stains, apply rubbing alcohol on the area. Place a white paper towel over the stain to blot out the excess alcohol and wax stain.
Repeat Step 4 a few times, using fresh and clean paper towels. Dot this until the entire stain is wiped off and there are no more stains that appear on the paper towel.
Clean the area with a mild soap and plain water solution. Dry the area that has been cleaned as soon as possible. Use a fan or a blow dryer so that there is no more staining.
Remember to be very gentle with the carpet to avoid causing any kind of damage.