Removing wax from carpet can be extremely difficult if you don't use the right method. With these tips, you will be able to remove the wax quickly and easily. This is a guide about removing candle wax from carpet.
Christopher Meyers does a great job of explaining how to get candle wax out of a carpet using and iron and a brown paper bag. Be sure to see the related videos for other carpet cleaning tips.
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I had the same thing happen. Take a brown paper grocery bag; cut it open so it's 1 sheet. Place over the wax. Using an iron on a low setting iron the bag over the wax area. Keep moving the bag until all the wax is gone. Then just throw the bag away!
Place a thick (grocery store type) dry paper bag on the carpet (make sure no inked logos etc. are on it because that ink can possibly transfer to the carpet - just cut those portions off of the bag) and use a clothes iron. The paper will soak up the candle wax but be careful to not have the heat of the iron so hot that it might melt the carpet if the carpet is of synthetic fibers (almost all are synthetic these days). Just keep ironing back and forth on the paper portion only while rearranging the bag to soak up more wax if needed. I was a landlord for many years and always did this instead of trying to make tenants who moved out pay to replace the carpet. There was only one time that their candle wax buildup was so bad that there was no way to salvage the carpet.
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Here are questions related to Removing Candle Wax from Carpet.
How does one get old wax off a carpet?
By Luana M.07/28/2011
Always did the warm iron and many paper towels,not just one.Use 3-4 at a time once it soaks up some of the then melted wax repeat the process. It really works,make sure you don't touch iron to carpet without paper towels. I have even used it on a speaker front where wax melted down, looked new again. Good luck!
How do I get candle wax off carpet?
By Angie from Belfast, N Ireland
How can you get wax out of the carpet?
Yep, listen to your last post. It works. Been there done that myself.
A small votive tipped over and candle wax dripped on a friend's white low-pile carpet. Unfortunately the candle was red. I think she can remove the wax, but she's afraid the red coloring will leave a stain on her carpet. Any tried-and-true remedies?
By Lois C.
I once had one of those large red candles drip all over a light gray carpet which would be similar to her problem. First, scrape off what you can with a table knife. Then get several brown paper bags or a roll of brown paper and lay a piece over the was. Take a dry iron and put it on the paper, leaving it just long enough for the wax to be aborbed by the paper. Keep changing/moving the paper till you have it all cleaned up. It takes a long time but eventually it does work. After you get all the wax up, clean as usual.
I spilled blue candle wax on my light carpet. I was able to get the wax up, but not the stain. I have tried just about everything! Please help.
By Trina from Loganville, GA
By T&T Grandma06/02/2010
Use a small amount of liquid oxi cleaner with a brush and gently swab it.
I removed wax with an iron and brown bag. Now the carpet is stiff feeling. How do you soften carpet again?
By Linda V
How do you get candle wax out of your carpet after trying a store bought solution and now it's smearing?
By tlf from Anchorage, AK
My son spilled a melted blue candle on our new tan carpet. How do I remove the wax stain?
Place an old towel over the wax stain, press with a hot iron. This worked very well for me. Also, I've heard putting ice of the spot will lift the wax. I'd place the ice in a freezer bag first.
How do you get candle wax out of carpet?
By Ruth from Cape, MO
My husband used to be a carpet cleaner, he said try WD-40.
How do I remove candle wax from carpet?
By Julie O from Raleigh, NC
Heat up your iron (set to NO steam). Pad up several sheets of paper towels and lay them over the wax. Place the hot iron on top of the paper towels, leaving it there for several seconds. Take the iron away and put it back on again to really heat the wax and soften it.
When you are certain the wax has melted from the heat of the iron, gently pull up the paper towels from the carpet. The melted wax should have transferred from the carpet to the paper towel, neatly and cleanly. Make have to repeat the procedure, but it works a treat! Good luck with it.
I need to know how to remove melted candle wax from my carpet. Your help is so appreciated.
By Helen B.
You can put a few layers of white paper towels over the wax or old white 'rags' without stains, and your iron on lowest heat setting, then iron over the wax repeatedly, moving the towels or placing new ones over, until the wax comes up.
Try testing an area of the carpet first, to make sure the iron won't melt the fibers.
I understand how to remove the candle wax from carpet, but what about the red stain? Is that gonna come up too? I panicked when I dropped the hot wax and tried to clean it and rubbed it, then I squirted Dawn dish soap all over it. And I haven't dared go back and try to clean it. What do I do? I'm scared because this isn't my house.
By Aurelia G
A candle melted on my carpet; any suggestions on how to get it up?
By Paulette E.
By Luana M.08/15/2011
Luana, San Diego
This happened to me. Live and learn. I was terrified. If you are, it will be fine. I took paper towels (several at a time) an iron, heated on medium/high setting. I took several paper towels laid on top of wax and put iron on it. As soon as you see the melted wax come onto the paper towel you get new one (use 3-4 at a time). Mine luckily was white wax but if you just continue to do this it will come up; when you see what looks like a wet spot on paper towel use new ones. If after wax is all up (and it will be) if it was a colored candle you need to then use a carpet spot cleaner and it should remove color if left. I believe once wax is up there shouldn't be anything left.I have never had colors like red, so it may leave discoloration. Once wax is up carpet looks like before! Good luck. Let me know if you were as surprised as I was!
How does one remove dried, hardened candle wax from a carpet?
By Luann D.
My daughter spilled an entire cinnamon red candle on her white carpet. I soaked up what I could, but now I don't know how to get the wax off and the stain. Any ideas?
Mean Green and hot water mixture. You can find it at family dollar. I washed and dried four crayons in with a load of jeans and I rewashed in hot water and about a cup of mean green and it removed every crayon mark!
How do I get wax out of carpet?
Blow dryer! I had that happen to me. Just use the blow dryer on it, get the wax up, then use a good carpet cleaner to get the stains out.
How do you get candle wax out of your carpet?
By Leigh from Flower Mound, TX
I had the same thing happen. Take a brown paper grocery bag; cut it open so it's 1 sheet. Place over the wax. Using an iron on a low setting iron the bag over the wax area. Keep moving the bag until all the wax is gone...then just throw the bag away!
I used paper towels to clean the dried wax up from the rug but the paper towel stuck to the rug. Please help!
By Ellie from Washington, DC
Take an iron and put it on the lowest heat setting. Run the iron over the area using a cloth rag as the "buffer". Increase the heat setting as needed. The wax and waxed paper should ultimately stick to the rag. Good luck on that!
I got some wax on my carpet. I tried wax paper and now it is worse. Does anyone know how to get the residue from wax paper off carpet?
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How do you remove candle wax from carpet?
Maria from Los Angeles
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By Sharon J
Keep using the iron while using new paper towels. I also had the wax deep into the shag. Just use your fingers to fluff the carpet fibers up each time and it will eventually come up. It may take a while but I think it work for you..it did for me. Good luck! (07/13/2005)
It took me a whole roll of paper towels and about 2 hours of careful ironing, but it came up! The candle was a dark mountain blue color and had a wonderful scent so it left a bit of a shadow on my carpet so I took some Resolve Dual action carpet cleaner and i was able to remove the stain almost in its entirety. All it looks like now is a tiny little shadow on my carpet which I can definitely live with.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP! This method is a life saver! (09/22/2005)
By kristy in miami
Yes, it should work but first I would try to scrape up as much as you can with a putty knife. When you have it down a little, you can try the iron and paper towels. You can also use newspaper over the paper towel but don't put them directly on the carpet or the ink from the newsprint might transfer.
Hopefully you can get it to come up with less than 744 rolls of towels. (09/28/2005)
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By Scott G
I spilled some blue candle wax on my living room carpet. How can I remove it?
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