What You’ll Need
- Bag of ice or ice pack
- Butter knife
- Iron or hair dryer
- Paper towel, brown paper bag, or terry cloth towel
- Carpet cleaner or rubbing alcohol
Step 1: Freeze the wax
First things first: It’s important to remove candle wax from your carpet as soon as you notice it. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to clean the wax stain. Start by placing a plastic bag of ice or an ice pack on top of the spot. Allow the wax to freeze for about 10 minutes, making sure that the wax isn’t getting wet from your ice pack. Moisture will only make the stain tougher to remove.
Step 2: Scrape off the wax
Once the wax is frozen, use a butter knife to scrape as much of the wax as you can off of the carpet. Don’t be too rough with the carpet, as you don’t want to cut the threads. Vacuum up the pieces you scraped off and then continue on to step 3.
Step 3: Heat and absorb the wax
Place a paper towel, brown paper bag, or white terry cloth towel on top of the remaining wax stain. Heat up your iron to the lowest setting, turn off the steam function, and run a clean iron over the towel to heat the wax. Make sure to keep the iron constantly in motion and avoid the temptation to turn up the heat level—you don’t want to accidentally burn the paper or your carpet! Once you start to see the towel absorbing the wax, reposition it over the wax stain so that a clean area can absorb more wax. Repeat this step until all of the wax is gone.
If you want to avoid running an iron over your carpet, a hair dryer can also be used to heat the wax. Simply blow hot air onto the wax stain until it’s warm, then firmly press a paper towel, brown paper bag, or white terry cloth towel onto the stain to absorb the wax.
Step 4: Clean the carpet
Last but not least, go over the stained area with a carpet cleaning solution. For pesky colored candle wax, wet a white terry cloth towel with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and gently dab the stain until the color is removed. Be careful not to rub the solution into the carpet as this could hurt the fragile fibers. Once your carpet has dried, run a vacuum over the area to return the natural texture to your carpet. And voilà! You’re ready to host your next dinner party.