Have you ever owned a candle? How about a carpet? If you’ve owned and used both at the same time, you know what happens when wax accidentally drips onto your carpet. A wax stain is possibly one of the hardest to actually remove. As a skilled carpet cleaner in the Flora Vista area, we put together an easy 7 step guide to remove wax from your carpets.
Step 1: Find and Gather these Materials
Everything you need is possibly in your home already, and all of them are easy to find at a local grocery store or market.
- a bag of ice
- a towel
- a butter knife
- an iron
- a brown paper bag
- carpet cleaner
- a second towel
- a vacuum
Once you have everything gathered, you can get started on step 2.
Step 2: Get the Wax Frozen
Freezing wax will stop it from seeping deeper into the carpet. It will also allow you to remove the wax from the carpet in larger portions at a time.
To get it frozen, all you need to do is place the bag of ice over the wax, covering it completely. Wait for a few minutes until the wax is as cold as possible. To protect your carpet from getting wet, feel free to use a towel to cover the bag of ice.
Step 3: Pull Out the Butter Knife and Start Scraping
Now that the wax is perfectly solid, it is time to scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Remember that you might not be able to get it all removed in this step. Use your butter knife to lift the wax, separating it from the carpet. Removing the majority of the wax now will decrease the chances of remaining wax later. Once you have removed as much of the wax as possible it is time to move on to Step 4.
Step 4: Heat Up the Remaining Wax
Once you’ve removed as much of the wax as possible (it should be the majority), we are ready to reheat the wax in order to remove the remnants. Turn your iron on to a low temperature. Having the iron too hot will cause your carpet fibers to melt. For the best results possible you should avoid using a steam setting as well.
Place the brown paper bag over the remaining wax and rub the iron over the brown paper bag. The wax will melt and stick to the brown paper bag, leaving very few remnants on your carpet!
Step 5: Clean Up the Carpet
The wax should be completely gone now. But don’t be surprised if there is a bit of a mess left behind. It is best to bring out your carpet cleaning products and second towel. Blot the stain until it is removed from the carpet.
Step 6: Pull Out the Vacuum
Now you are just about done! Wait for the carpet to dry completely in order to pick up the most remnants and avoid making your vacuum smell. Your vacuum will also help to remove any remaining wax fragments.
Step 7: Call in a Professional Carpet Cleaner
Some stains are going to require professional help. This is especially true if the wax has been sitting in the carpet for a while. Lucky for you, the team here at San Juan County Chem-Dry has years of experience in the carpet stain removal industry. If we can’t get it out, then nobody can. Give us a call today to remove the carpet stains from your home. We even offer a carpet protectant that can keep your carpets safe from future stains.