How to Get Candle Wax out of Carpet
Spilling wax on carpet is a scary but manageable problem we’re here to help you solve. Whether you’ve made the mistake of transporting a live-burning candle or accidentally knocked a side table sending hot wax flying, it happens and there’s no need to panic. Reference the following easy-to-use guide on how to remove candle wax from carpet if you find yourself in this scenario!
What You’ll Need
- A handheld clothing iron
- A long piece of a paper bag or packing paper
- An old hand towel or rag
How to Get Dried Candle Wax Out of Carpet
- Let the wax completely dry and set your iron to a medium setting with no steam.
- Cover the spill with a long piece of kraft paper. It’s best to use a piece of paper that’s four or five times the length of the stain, since you’ll be pulling it long-ways.
- Place paper on top of the stain and press the iron into the spot with the paper acting as a buffer layer. Hold for a second or two to make sure the wax melts.
- Set the hand towel adjacent to the paper, so that when you slide the paper in a left to right motion, the wax ends up on the towel and not the carpet.
- Keeping the iron in the same spot, over the spill, drag the piece of paper from left to right onto the towel. This should pick up all the wax from the fibers of the carpet and leave it on the towel rather than another part of the carpet.
Preventing Candle Accidents
- Anyone who’s dealt with spilled wax knows that while it’s not the end of the world, it’s best to practice prevention when you’re burning candles. Be sure to follow these tips to prevent wax from spilling:
- Never carry a burning candle from one place to another. Wait until the candle is where you want it to be before lighting it.
- Let your candles fully cool off and harden completely before moving them around the room. Resist the urge to throw away liquid wax melts before they’ve cooled completely.
- If you have children or pets, only burn candles or wax melts on surfaces that are safely out of reach, such as on a high shelf or mantel.
With these tips and suggestions, you’ll be able to burn your favorite aromatic candles and fragrant wax melts safely without worrying about spills or accidents. Happy burning!