In all honesty, candle wax and carpet (or rugs, for that matter) just don’t pair well together; if one interacts with the other, a mess is bound to occur.
Now, we’re not saying that you can’t enjoy the relaxing glow of flickering candlelight in yourcarpeted home – that’s not realistic at all! However, if a little bit (or a lot) of candle wax gets on your carpet – and trust us, that is a very realistic scenario – you should keep this trick up your sleeve: read on to learn how to remove candle wax from carpet the quick, easy, and stress free way!
How to Remove Candle Wax from Carpet: 3-Step Method
Thanks to this super handy three step tutorial, removing candle wax from carpet has never been quicker or easier! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be stain-free in no time.
Step #1: Scrape the Surface
Once the wax is full dry, use a butter knife to scrape the surface: the goal is to scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Discard the large chunks of candle wax into the trash can, and wipe the knife down with a dry cloth in-between scrapes.
Note: All of that scraping action will probably leave the tips of the carpet fibers looking a little frizzy and frayed. To correct this issue, simply grab a pair of scissors (make sure the blades are clean and sharp), open them and lay the blades flat on the carpet. Gently pivot the blades so that they trim and shave the excess fuzz.
Before moving on to step two, vacuum the surface to ensure the area is clean and free of wax and carpet fiber fuzz.
Step #2: Heat Things Up
Once you’ve removed the large chunks of wax and trimmed the frizz, it’s time to grab a clothes ironand heat things up! Firstly, fold a clean and damp white cloth (yes, the cloth MUST be white) in half and use it to cover the wax-stained area. With your clothes iron set on “high” press it over the damp white cloth for 10 seconds.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wait a minute! Wouldn’t this just melt the wax further into my carpet?” While that logic does make sense, that’s simply not the case. The heat from your clothes iron draws the wax out of the carpet and into the damp cloth.
If after 10 seconds of applying heat you notice that the wax is still there, that’s okay! Go ahead and repeat the process until the wax disappears. Should your white cloth become dry during the process, get it wet again. Additionally, if you notice that the cloth has become completely saturated with wax, toss it and grab a new one to finish the job.
Step #3: Remove Stains
Chances are, that candle wax also left behind quite the stain. To send those stains packing, simply spray your go-to carpet stain removal product on the stain and use a spoon to scrub (in circular motions) the cleaner into the stain.
Use a clean and dry white cloth (yep, it’s still important that the cloth is white) to blot the cleaner and stained area, then allow the carpet to air-dry. Note: Until completely dry, the stain will appear slightly darker than the rest of your carpet, but that’s totally normal! Also, if you’re dealing with spilled candle wax on light colored carpet, it may be necessary to repeat this process several times.
Stain Won’t Budget?
Lots of factors determine just how stubborn a candle wax stain might be, including wax color, carpet color, stain size, etc. If you’ve followed every step above, but still can’t seem to get the candle wax out of your carpet, it’s time to throw in the towel (literally), and contact a local carpet cleaning professional. When calling, be sure to explain the stain in detail, and let them know that you’ve already attempted to clean the stain yourself.