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How To Get Candle Wax Out Of Carpet

Updated on October 12, 2011


Have you ever lit a candle under a dark night to try and relax? I know I have and it is magical it is very tantalizing and mystical. Then one day my cat decided to get a little too close to the melted candle wax and it tipped over onto my carpet. Good thing I was paying attention otherwise would have probably burnt my house down. Lo and behold there is now candle wax in my carpet it is quite frustrating because it instantly attaches itself. Even worse is if the candles have different dyes from the color of the carpet it then seems to bleed.


So to start with the processes of getting candle wax out of your carpet first try to scrape as much as you can from the carpet by using a small spoon. Then when you have succeeded in getting as much out as you can take an Ice cube from the freezer. Then leave it on the wax for several minutes this will help harden the wax even more and will allow it to be broken up and able to scrape some more out of the fibers.

Of course at this point is most likely getting smaller and smaller and may hardly be even noticeable any longer. But, if you’re obsessive like me it just has to come out because I’ll know it is there. So to start by getting the rest out cover the spot with a brown lunch bag or brown paper bag then get the iron out. Yes I said iron so be careful it’s hot and you do not want to burn your carpet. Place the iron over the brown paper bag and allow the iron to heat the additional wax which will slowly liquefy it. The brown paper bag acts as the medium and the wax will continue to stick to it just swap out as many paper bags as you need to remove the rest. Ta Da no need to buy new carpet for candle wax spills

To get the rest of the candle wax out of the carpet, cover the spot with a clean brown paper bag, and place a clothes iron on it, set on low. This liquefies the wax and lets it transfer to the paper. Use a new paper bag as often as necessary until you get all of the wax. This can take some time.

Wax Dyes in the Carpet

When you are dealing with the colored type candles sometimes the above steps work very well but you also get sometimes the leftovers so here are a couple of other things you can try. If it is a warmer color carpet brown or neutral sometimes rubbing alcohol from the local store can get it out. Always check to make sure it’s the clear and not the iodine alcohol.

Also take a white cloth that is a rag or one you will not wear any longer and use the wetted towel to help dab some of the content out of the rug. The alcohol should allow the transfer of the dyes to the cloth.

When finished with the removal process always rinse the spot with water and dab the excess out of the way with a dry sponge or towel and let dry. The quicker it dries the better the results and prevention of the stain from reaching the innards of the carpet.

If you have any additional tips on carpet cleaning I would love to hear them please leave your comments below and let me know how it worked for you!


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  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Great, helpful hub

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    8 years ago

    Thank you for this! Will be useful!


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