How to Get Wax Out of Carpet
If your wax warmer drips as you unplug it, candle wax gets on a rug or your kid colors really far outside the lines, you may be left wondering how to remove wax from your carpet. Luckily, getting wax out of carpeting can be quick and relatively easy. Here’s a step-by-step guide for removing wax from a carpet using tools you may have at home.
Things to Consider When Removing Wax From Carpet
Your first instinct may be to wipe the spot off the carpet, but rubbing the wax may actually push it deeper into the carpet, advises Better Homes and Gardens. Vigorous scraping or blotting may also damage the carpet’s fibers.
Better Homes and Gardens also recommends following the manufacturer’s instructions on cleaning your carpet and, if necessary, only using cleaning products designed for your type of carpet.
Methods to Remove Wax From Carpet
These are the three basic methods for removing wax from carpet, according to BobVila.com and Better Homes and Gardens.
Scrape the Wax
BobVila.com suggests starting with this basic approach that requires just a butter knife (or similar object with a thin, blunt edge) and a vacuum cleaner. Let the wax harden, if applicable, then take a butter knife or a similar object with a blunt edge and carefully scrape away the wax. Be gentle as you scrape, says Better Homes and Gardens, so that you do not damage the carpet. Then vacuum up the pieces of wax. If this method does not work, BobVila.com recommends moving on to one of the methods described below.
Using an iron, paper bags and a white kitchen towel, you may be able to melt the wax out of the carpet. Place a brown paper bag on top of the wax stain, recommends DIY Network. Using an iron on the no-steam cotton setting, gently iron the bag. The wax should melt and stick to the bag. As the wax melts and sticks to the bag, move the bag so that a clean part is over the wax on the carpet. This will help ensure more wax is absorbed into the bag. (Be careful not to leave the iron on the paper bag or the carpet for too long as both may burn.) If the stain is large, you may need to use more than one bag. You may also be able to keep the wax on the bag from getting onto a clean portion of the carpet, DIY Network suggests, by having a white kitchen towel nearby. As you work your way across the stain, put the towel under the used part of the bag.
Ice the Wax
If you’re icing wax out of the carpet, you’ll need an ice pack, a vacuum, white kitchen towels and a carpet cleaner. According to Better Homes and Gardens, place an ice pack on top of the wax until the wax hardens. Then break up the wax using your fingers, and vacuum it up. Next, treat the area with a cleaner designed for your type of carpet. Always test an inconspicuous spot first and carefully follow the instructions provided with the cleaner, recommends Better Homes and Gardens. Finally, dab the area with a damp towel to remove excess cleaner and blot dry with a towel.
Help keep your carpeted floor looking good as new with these quick and simple cleaning methods for removing wax from the carpet.