Spilt Candle Wax On Your Expensive Carpet?

Tips From A Carpet Cleaning Service On How To Remove Candle Wax

Carpeting is made of tiny, absorbent fibers and most are easy to clean. A wax spill, however, hardens from a melted liquid to a greasy, solid mass, sticking tightly to the fibers of the carpet. To totally remove wax from a carpet, you need to be quick to scrape away and vacuum any large clumps. A warm iron and brown paper will soak up any remains. To avoid tearing or staining, use low heat and treat carefully. However, should any of these tips not work, then it is recommended you call in a professional carpet cleaning service for help.

Scrape larger dry lumps of hardened wax using a butter knife. This work well, but you can use anything that has a clean, dull blade to remove the hardened wax. While you scrape, be careful not to cut into the fibers. If the wax is soft, use ice to harden it, thus enabling you to scrape it of. Use a vacuum to remove debris.

Put a clean paper bag over the wax. Adjust the iron to warm, with the steam turned off. Run the iron over the cloth until the wax has melted. A hair dryer can be used to remove wax from carpet.

Once the wax is melted, it should stick to the bag. When you lift the paper off, the wax should come away with it. Repeat this using a fresh paper bag to remove any remaining wax on the carpet.

Things to Consider
Any professional carpet cleaning service will tell you never to put the iron up too hot. If the wax is colored, the heat could cause the dye to stain your carpet. A carpet made of synthetic fibers will also melt under an iron, giving you an even bigger problem. Don’t touch the carpet directly with the iron as it will leave scorch marks.

Never use a newspaper or other ink printed materials, because the ink will be transferred to your carpet.

Treating Stains
Should the wax stain the carpet, dampen a cloth with a spot cleaner. Follow the instructions on the label; it will tell you to blot the stain with a cloth, and try not to over saturate the area. Make sure it won’t damage your carpet by testing the cleaner on a part of the carpet you won’t see.

Or should you prefer a natural spot remover, try one of the following, mild laundry detergent, mild dishwashing detergent, laundry stain remover, or vinegar. As with the commercial stain remover, test a part of the carpet before blotting it. Avoid putting chemicals on natural fiber carpets.

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