If you’ve ever spilled wax on a carpet, you’re not alone. Immediately after it happens, you’re probably thinking to yourself that there is no way you’ll ever be able to get it out.
Fortunately, learning how to get wax out of carpet is much easier than you think. Maybe you went to move a burning candle, and some of the wax found its way onto the carpet. All you can do now is clean it up.
You’ve probably tried cutting, soaking or scraping the wax from the carpet and found these techniques to be highly ineffective. The good news is that there is a gentler, simpler and much faster way to clean up the wax. In fact, there are a few different techniques that you can use.
Iron and Paper Towel Method
This method for removing wax from carpeting is so simple that it almost doesn’t even need explaining. All you need to do is place the paper towel over the wax, turn on the iron and move it gently over the wax. You’ll want to make sure the iron is heated with a setting that is appropriate for carpet fibers.
You don’t want to start a fire. The carpet used in an industrial building is likely to have plastic or polyester coating on the fibers, so you definitely don’t want to use the iron’s hottest setting.
Place the iron on the wax as it’s heating up. You’ll want to lift the iron and check it about once every 15 seconds. It’s easy to see if the wax is being cleaned up because it will soak into the paper towel.
All you need to do is continue this process until all of the wax has been soaked into the towel. That was really simple! However, not everyone has an iron or wants to use this method, so you can read below if you want to use a different technique.
The Scraping Technique
First, you’ll want to remove as much of the candle wax as possible by scraping it with a dull knife. The carpet will slowly come off of the carpet fibers. Grab a plastic bag and fill it with ice.
Place the bag onto the wax and allow it to freeze the wax for a few minutes. Next, continue scraping the wax until it’s all broken apart. You can use a vacuum and attachment to suck up all of the pieces when you’re done. It’s important to make sure all of the wax has been removed.
If you don’t want to use a paper towel, you can use a brown paper bag instead. Also, if the wax is colored, you can use some rubbing alcohol and a rag to remove the coloring. It’s also a good idea to clean the area with some standard carpet cleaner after you’re finished.
Make sure you clean up all of the tiny crumbs leftover from scraping if you chose to use the freezing method as opposed to the iron method. These are two of the simplest ways to remove candle wax from a carpet.