Cleaning Candle Wax Messes

Candle wax on the carpet can be a MESS! We are coming up on the time of year, and no matter whether you live in Little River or the Little Apple, we all seem to burn candles to warm up the house or to create a festive mood.  However, doesn’t it always seem that there’s a spill of wax…and then what?  So many of those spills will happen on the carpet.  How does one remove the wax safely and cleanly, especially when removing the colored wax?

The following method is safe for all carpet types and materials.

You Will Need

1. Butter knife or any knife with a dull blade

2. Vacuum with a hose attachment or hand-held vacuum

3. Clean white cloth, white paper towels, or brown paper bags

4. Iron

5. Rubbing Alcohol

6. Spray bottle with water

7. Sponge

8. Heavy-weight

How to Remove Candle Wax Stains?

Candle wax spills can be a nightmare to deal with, especially when they happen on your carpet. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you remove candle wax stains, along with additional tips for cleaning up candle wax messes.

1. Gently scrape hardened wax with a butter knife to remove as much as possible. If the wax is still soft, rub it with an ice cube to harden it and then scrape it away.

2. Vacuum away any small bits of wax that you have scraped off.

3. Preheat the iron to the lowest setting with NO STEAM.

4. Place white cloth/paper towel/brown paper bag over the wax. Be sure not to use brown paper bags with words printed on them as they will transfer to your carpet, leaving you with another, more difficult stain to remove.

5. Gently press the tip of the warm iron over the waxy area until it melts and adheres to the cloth/towel/bag. Keep the iron moving in circular motions to keep from scorching the area.

6. When the wax has been absorbed, lift the cloth/towel/bag from the carpet.

7. Repeat as necessary, with a clean cloth each time, until no wax remains.

8. If dye from the candle remains in your carpet, you will need to tackle that stain next.

9. Place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the spot. Be careful not to allow the alcohol to absorb deeply into the carpet as it can loosen the glue that holds the fibers in place.

10. Blot with a clean white cloth to remove. Repeat until the dye no longer appears on your carpet or shows on the cloth when blotted.

11. Sponge with water to rinse the area.

12. Blot again until dry.

13. Cover the stain with a clean cloth or stack of paper towels and put heavy weights on top (heavy books, etc.)

14. Leave set for several hours or overnight to absorb any remaining liquid.

15. Remove weights and towels and let the area dry thoroughly.

16. Vacuum to return fibers to normal texture.

Additional Tips For Cleaning Candle Wax Mess

1. Be careful not to let the iron touch the carpet, as it may scorch the fibers.

2. If wax residue still remains, use a dab of dry-cleaning solvent and blot to remove it. Be careful to use only a small amount so it does not damage the carpet backing.

3. Prevent more wax spills by buying quality candles. Petroleum candles tend to drop more and contain dyes that are difficult to remove.

4. Oriental rugs should be cleaned with caution. If your rug is an antique, silk, or part silk, contact a professional to remove the stain.

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