Removing Melted Candle Wax From Carpets

October 29, 2020



Candles play an important role in our lives, especially this time of the year and while we love the glow and scents of our candles, accidents can happen with the melted wax of candles ruining rugs and carpets. But there is hope with a couple of methods to get that wax out of your carpet.  Most important when wax first meets carpet is to slow the spread of the melted mess. You can do this by placing a bag of ice cubes or an ice pack wrapped with a thin white towel (to keep the wax from getting wet) on top of the wax. This will help to harden the wax and keep it from seeping further into the carpet fibers. Once the wax has solidified, use a dull object—such as a butter knife—to gently scrape off as much wax as possible. You can vacuum up wax residue as you scrape it away from the carpet. Next, grab a white cloth and blot the remaining color with a diluted solution of one ounce clear dish soap and 12 ounces water. Work from the outer edges toward the center of the stain to avoid making a bigger mess or spreading the stain. Once it’s dry, the last step is to vacuum the affected area where the candle wax was spilled. This simply ensures you remove all remaining residue. Another method is to re-melt the wax using a hair dryer or an iron. Start by placing a paper towel on top of the spilled wax. This is an essential step, as the paper towel will work to absorb the wax as it melts from the heat. Turn an iron on medium-high and move it back and forth across the towel. (You can also use a blow dryer on high heat, holding it a few inches from the carpet and moving it back and forth over the area.) Heat the area for 10 to 30 seconds. As you heat, the paper towel will absorb the wax. If your paper towel becomes saturated, but there’s still more mess to clean, swap it out for a new one. Don’t forget to watch your heat level as you go—high heat can melt sensitive carpet fabrics, such as synthetic olefin. If your carpet is made of wool, opt for a hair dryer over an iron to avoid damaging the carpet with too much direct heat.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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