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How To Get Wax Out Of Carpet

How to get wax out of carpet.


Spilled candle wax can pose a cleaning challenge as it drips, hardens, and adheres to carpet fibers. Fortunately, you can easily remove candle wax from your carpet without the need for a hair dryer or risking your favorite white terry cloth towel. These methods will ensure your carpet looks its best, even after a candle wax mishap.


Method 1

Step 1: Scrape off all the wax.

Step 2: Cover the affected area with brown Kraft paper or butcher paper.

Step 3: Apply warm iron until the remaining wax is absorbed. Be sure the paper is large enough to cover the stained area. Take care not to touch the iron on the carpet, as the fiber might melt.

Step 4: Change paper or rotate to a clean area and repeat the same steps until all wax material is absorbed.


Method 2

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spills with a paper towel.

Step 2: Freeze with ice cubes.

Step 3: Shatter with a blunt object like the back of a large spoon.

Step 4: Vacuum-dried wax chips away before they melt.


Cleaning Solutions to have on hand:

1. Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2. Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3. Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4. Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is it easy to get wax out of carpet?

While getting candle wax out of carpet may be time-consuming, it can be done with the methods provided above. As long as you act promptly and follow the right methods, getting wax out of carpet is generally manageable.


Will removing candle wax leave a stain?

Following the proper removal methods to remove candle wax from carpet should minimize the chances of a noticeable stain. If you notice any residual stains, use a carpet stain remover to gently clean the affected area.


Can I use a hairdryer instead of an iron to remove wax residue?

While a hair dryer can be used to soften the spilled candle wax, it's not as effective as an iron. The high heat level that comes from an iron helps to melt and lift the wax, making it easier to remove.


No matter how you’ve ended up with candle wax in your carpet, these methods are sure to provide you with ways to safely remove wax spills. By following the instructions above to clean candle wax stains, you can rest assured that your carpet will be free from damage and stains.


*Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines for instructions on cleaning a candle wax stain or any other type of stain. Failure to follow these carpet stain removal guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Carpet One Floor & Home retailer.


Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25a Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating spilled wax or any other stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.


For more stain removal tips, check out our carpet stain removal guide.


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