Friday, May 11, 2012

Out Damned Spot! Out I Say! Removing Candle Wax from Carpet

For my birthday last year, my sister gave me a Scentsy type of wickless candle. I absolutely love the look of the container and the amazing scent it puts off.
Well, for my daughter's first communion, I moved it to my formal living room (off the hardwood and onto a carpeted spot) because I thought it looked nicer. Little did I think about what would happen if it spilled. This is what happens..you have beautiful green melted wax all over cream colored carpet.
Initially, the first reaction is to wipe it up. NO! Believe me, leave it alone and let it dry. I know it is hard to stand back and stare at dark colored wax on your carpet, but believe me, do it.

Once it sat for a day, I tried to tackle it with a butter knife. I thought "how hard could it be to scrape off the wax?" Very hard. In fact it doesn't work.
 
Then I thought a hot steam clean might do the trick...nope that didn't do a thing but leave my carpet damp.

I had heard about using your iron to remove wax, but I honestly thought it would set the stain into the carpet. You know what you were taught about stains on clothes...never use heat or it won't come out. That is what I worried about with this. If I put heat on it, then my carpet would be stained green.

But after exhausting my limited options and watching a few YouTube videos, I pulled out my iron. I started by setting the iron on low (again hoping to avoid staining). I placed paper towel over the wax and then put the iron on the paper towel. This did not work!
 
So, I held my breath, turned the heat on my iron up to the medium-high cotton setting (with no steam) and ironed away on top of the paper towel.
I made sure to do two things frequently: I changed the paper towel (so that the wax wasn't put back into the carpet) and I wiped the bottom of the iron with an old dishtowel (so I wouldn't ruin my iron).
In the areas where the wax had gone down into the carpet, I used the tip of the iron to get between the carpet fibers.
I was and still am shocked at how well this worked. It did take some time (about an hour), so you will need to be patient, but there is absolutely no stain left on the carpet. This method was a great way to get wax out of carpet.

Here is my before and after. (They were taken a few hours apart...so different lighting :))

Have any of you had this fun experience and found other techniques that work?

Note: I do recommend spot testing the iron on your carpet to make sure you don't melt or damage your carpet with the heat. Also, I cannot guarantee that other waxes will not stain. I am overjoyed mine didn't.

Up next in Out Damned Spot! Out I Say! - the best way to clean a stained stainless steel sink. If it is called stainless steel...why does it stain so easily?

Have a great weekend.
Stephanie

34 comments:

  1. I had this happen once - red wax on cream carpet. I used an iron and a brown paper bag and it did the trick wonderfully.

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  2. Oh my gosh! I never thought of how you would get wax out of carpet - luckily I've never had a spill (watch, I just jinxed myself!)
    Thanks for sharing - obviously not a fix I'd come to on my own :)

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  3. Using a iron and a brown paper bag works perfectly and only takes a few minutes to get the entire stain up, it leaves no reminder that it ever happened. just make sure to keep moving the bag as the wax comes up.

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  4. Years ago I had a huge deep red 3 wick candle. It sat on a decorative plate on the coffe table in the living room. One cold winter day I had it burning for sveral hours. I had gone into the kichen to start dinner and when I stepped back into the living room a hole had appeared in the side and my pale, pale blue carpet had a huge puddle of red wax sitting on my carpet. After letting it set for a full day I used the brown paper bag and iron method to clean it up. It works so well that no one could tell there had been disaster. Now I only buy white candles, LOL

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  5. At my church (where we use candles often) we use dampened old towels and irons to remove beeswax from the carpet. It works wonders.

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  6. I wonder if this will work for my sons shirt. My daughter spilled Scentsy wax all over one of his favorite shirts.

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    1. Hi Angie,

      Please let me know if it does work and I can share it with all my readers. I would love to know!
      Thanks,
      Stephanie

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  7. I heard it does work on shirts too, but its success depends on the texture of the clothes. You could also use hair dryer or boiling water with old cotton shirts. Just be careful with how you apply it, so it won’t damage the material.

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  8. This was my family's tradition on Christmas Day. My dad was a preacher, and we always had a candlelight service on Christmas Eve. So on Christmas day, after a wonderful meal, we got out several old irons, headed to the church and cleaned up the carpet spots where the wax dripped. It actually became a fun family tradition!

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  10. You don’t have to wait for a day for it to dry. You can apply ice cubes to harden it, so it will be brittle enough to scrape off. Anyway, it’s great that you’ve found a method that works right for you. Have a good day!

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  14. If the wax on your carpet is colored then stain could remain after removing the wax. In order to remove the stain you could use 3% Hydrogen peroxide. You do not have to rinse out after that.

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  22. HURRAY !!! You know how we have these great candle warmers, so you can melt the scent and not have to light the candle, well my dog ran passed the cord a knocked a fully melted 6 oz. candle onto the carpet !!UGH !! he is fine but my carpet wasn't, at least a foot long and wide wax spill, Thank you sooo much !!!! The paper bags soaked up most of the wax and I use some cotton towels to soak up the excess, you can barely tell now !!! Woooooo Hooooo! I thought it was a lost cause !! THANX AGAIN : )

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