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How to remove wax from your carpet

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We know mishaps can happen relatively often on your carpet, including spilled wax from a candle. What do you do to solve the problem? First of all, do not panic. Here are easy to follow steps for removing wax from carpet.

Step 1: Collect your Materials 

Ensure you have all the necessary materials to tackle the task of removing wax from the carpet. To do so, you will need:

  • a bag of ice 
  • a towel 
  • a butter knife 
  • an iron 
  • a brown paper bag 
  • carpet cleaner 
  • a second towel
  • a vacuum 

With any accident on the carpet, it’s better to fix the situation sooner than later. This will significantly increase your chances of getting wax out entirely with no damage to your home’s carpet. If you don’t have any of these materials, we recommend adding them to your next shopping list. This will allow you always to be prepared for potential accidents on your carpet.

Step 2: Freeze the Wax 

Wax is a lot easier to remove when it is in a solid form. Freezing the spilled wax will stop it from further melting into the carpet and will allow you to remove the wax from the carpet in larger portions at a time.

Take your bag of ice and place it entirely over the spilled wax. Wait for a few minutes until the wax is as cold as possible. To protect your carpet from getting wet, feel free to use a towel to cover the bag of ice.  

Step 3: Scrape the Wax 

Now that the wax is frozen solid, it is time to scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Use your butter knife to lift the wax, separating it from the carpet. Removing the majority of the wax now will decrease the chances of remaining wax later. Once you have removed as much of the wax as possible, it is time to move onto Step 4.

Step 4: Heat the Wax to Remove 

Wait… Reheat the wax again? Yes, now that most of the wax is gone, we are ready to reheat the wax to remove the remnants. Turn your iron on to a low temperature. Be extremely careful that your iron is not too hot that it damages your carpet! For best results, avoid using a steam setting as well.

Instead of direct application to your carpet and the spilled wax, place the brown paper bag over the remaining wax and rub the iron over the brown paper bag. The wax will melt and stick to the brown paper bag, leaving tiny remnants on your carpet.  

Step 5: Clean the Carpet 

Amazingly, now the wax should be practically removed from your carpet! There is most likely still a small mess though, so it is best to bring out your carpet cleaning products and second towel. Blot the stain until it is removed from the carpet.  

Step 6: Vacuum the Carpet 

Once you’ve cleaned the carpet the best you can, wait for the area to dry and begin to vacuum any other remnants of wax. 

Step 7: Seek Professional Assistance  

To achieve the best results in removing wax from your carpet, seek professional assistance from a carpet cleaner like Van’s Chem-Dry. While DIY solutions like this exist for removing spilled wax from a carpet, nothing replaces the effective power of Chem-Dry carpet stain removal. We stand by our motto – “If we can’t get it out. No one can.” Our carpet cleaning uses 80% less water than traditional steam cleaners in Sacramento, allowing your carpets to dry in just a few hours! We also use green-certified solutions to ensure a clean, safe environment for everyone in the family, including your pets.

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If it has been a while since you have had your home’s or business’s carpets professionally cleaned, reach out to us today to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to discuss your situation and even give a free price estimate! Check out our services page to view our other provided services to get started towards a drier, cleaner, and healthier home today.

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