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Removing a Red Candle Wax Stain from Carpet

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A burning red pillar candle.
In addition to removing the wax itself, melted red wax can also leave a pigment stain on your carpet that you will need to remove. This is a guide about removing red candle wax stain from carpet.


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By 3 found this helpful
January 8, 2005

I spilled red candle wax on my cream carpet. I got up as much as I could, but the red stain is still there. I am afraid to try the iron & bag method to remove it because I have heard heat sets the stain. Does anyone know how to remove it? Please help!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 30, 20051 found this helpful
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My son spilled over a large red candle today and this worked for me!

Scrape off and loosen by scraping with a spoon as much as possible.

Apply "Goof Off" and rub/brush in until wax seems dissolved.( A dark residue seemed to be left)

Make a paste with "Oxiclean" and hot water. Brush/rub in. Then I used my carper cleaner with hot water only and went over the stain several times to scrub and rinse. The whole stain disappeared after all these steps. The only drawback is the house smells from the fumes of the "Goof Off" for a while! Try burning more candles to reduce the odor!

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 1, 20070 found this helpful
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My son just spilled a red I mean very red candle all over my tan almost white carpet let alone in a brand new home. So I panicked for a minute got on line and found the whole idea of using an iron and paper towel. I did and it worked although there is a bit of a pink stain so I then took the hair dryer and held it to the pink and took a paper towel and got more out.

There was still a little tinge so I grabbed Dawn and vinegar and I scrubbed with that I mean scrubbed and I think now that it is gone. Looks like it but I was also looking at the same spot for an hour.

But the iron method is great, very quick and easy it is just the actual dye that colors the candle.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 6, 20080 found this helpful
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I had red candle dye on a off white carpet. I tried the iron but it must have been to hot - it set in the color. Then I used "GOO GONE" and rubbed it with a clean white cloth. Rub hard for a while but it worked.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 30, 20080 found this helpful
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There are two parts to this, the wax, + the red dye in the wax. A warm iron and paper towel gets wax out, about 90% of it. Then remove the rest of the wax with mild solvent like Goof Off. Don't rub hard- that wears carpet fibers. Rub with fingers or SMOOTH back of metal spoon-never a rough terry cloth. Then remove red dye w 2 C HOT water + 1 Tablespoon clear blue dish soap, work in, then soak up w 3 paper towels pressed with a med hot iron. Press hard + long, change towels as they soak color. Last resort: color-safe bleach diluted to 1/4 the strength given in the instructions for use in laundry. Rinse well w water in carpet steamer.

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August 8, 20110 found this helpful
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I never post messages in forums, but felt compelled to share my results for others like myself who found this site in desperate need of advice. I dropped about 2 cups of fully melted, red candle wax on cream colored carpet. I didn't have paper towels in the house and was afraid the stains would set by the time I bought some.

I used white rags and a steam iron - it worked wonders! I sprayed the remaining stains with Oxiclean carpet solution and also dabbed Oxiclean laundry detergent directly on the stains. I was very lucky to have both on hand. I followed this up with several minutes of scrubbing with the carpet cleaner and the stains are gone! There is still a faint trace in some areas if I look closely, but this was a fast, free and effective solution!

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January 15, 20050 found this helpful

I asked my Mom, because I was a notorious clutz with candle wax back when I lived at home, and she said to take a large metal serving spoon and stick it in the freezer. Wait about 30 minutes and then use it to "scoop" off the wax. Best of luck to you.

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May 28, 20060 found this helpful

Use paper towels and a warm iron. Place the towels over the waxy areas and apply iron. Paper towels will ablsorb the wax. You will have to test iron temperatures.

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December 25, 20060 found this helpful




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By guest (Guest Post)
January 9, 20070 found this helpful

First heat up your iron and lay down two paper towels folded in half - set the iron on a steam setting and go over the spot several times and you will see the paper towel becoming discolored! in about two minutes and continuios strokes with the steamy iron your wax will be removed from the carpet! Really works great!

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 8, 20070 found this helpful

wow! the steam and paper towels is the ticket! i could not believe it! super A+++ Thank you!

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 18, 20080 found this helpful

I had a horrible wax spill in my front room. The neighbor told me to take a brown lunch bag and an iron, heat up the iron and slowly go over the paper bag. The iron heats it up and the bag pulls the wax up.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 1, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, I'm from Mexico and I´m very thankful for the tip it really worked for me.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 25, 20090 found this helpful

Call an IICRC certified carpet company in you area and they can fix it without scrubing or mixing several products together which could have an adverse affect on your carpet. Most of the home remedies I've read will cause you more trouble.

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December 24, 20150 found this helpful

Totally worked! It's Christmas eve and tons of people coming over to see my new house.

Thank you!!!!!

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By 0 found this helpful
November 6, 2011

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.

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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July 23, 20090 found this helpful

How can I get red candle wax out of my carpet?

Jennifer from IN


Removing Candle Wax from Carpet

I would go with a brown paper bag rather than the paper towel, which has a lower burn factor. Start with the iron on LOW. Easier to error on the side of safety.

Son #1 did not listen to entire instructions after the candle tipped on their new carpet. He called again for "WHAT DID YOU SAY?", after he forgot the paper and just ironed the carpet. Nice iron mark! (02/03/2009)

By TandT Grandma

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

don't know what happened but carpet is burnt or black and red wax is same,so no this didn't help.

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