So you set the mood, got some nice candles going and some how managed to get candle wax on your carpet. Don't fret! Removing candle wax from carpets is an easy task that requires a few easy to find house hold items and a little time!
Follow these 5 easy steps to remove candle wax from your carpet! (pictures included)
1. "Mise En Place" - A French culinary phrase which means "To Gather" or "Putting In Place"
First things first, prepare your area and have everything nearby and handy so that you're not scrambling around back and forth.
- A butter knife or spoon
- A cloth towel or rag (preferably one that you do not care for)
- A Ziplock bag with ice and a paper towel
- An iron or hair dryer
- Carpet cleaner
2. Scrape off the wax
If you live in a cold area, you may not need to use the bag of ice to harden the wax, but if the wax is not 100% solid, then wrap the Ziplock bag of ice in a paper towel (so the wax and carpet do not get wet) and press the ice against the affected area for 30 to 60 seconds. This will harden the wax and allow for easier removal from the wax fibers. Now use your your butter knife or spoon to remove as much wax as possible. Repeat as many times as necessary (depending on how much wax you spilled).
3. Vacuum The Carpet
Vacuum up pieces or flakes of the hardened wax that easily came off.
4. Heat the Wax
Now that you scraped away as much wax as possible, lay your rag over the affected area and proceed to heat the area with your hair dryer (on high heat) or Iron (on low heat) for short periods of time. Keeping your iron on low heat will keep your carpet fibers from melting and DO NOT APPLY DIRECT HEAT FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME! Also do not use a steam setting, everyone knows that water and oil/wax do not mix. Apply for 10 seconds on and then 10 seconds off for a few intervals.
5. Clean the Carpet
Now that the wax is gone, you may have fragrance oil or dye stains to deal with. Apply your favorite carpet cleaner, follow the instructions given by your carpet cleaning product and dab or rub off any residue.
And that's it! you may repeat a couple more times for some stubborn wax, but if done property the first time, you should only need to do this process once!
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