Candles are often used to decorate a room. Some, like the Scentsy Wax bars, are used to add fragrance to your home. Sometimes the candle wax drips on the carpet… and voila! Now there is only one thing to do: removing the candle wax.
Many websites show how you can remove candle wax from carpets with the help of an iron. But what if you do not have an iron at home?
In this article we teach you how to remove candle wax from carpet without an iron.
How to Remove Candle Wax from Carpet Without an Iron
Step 1: Freeze the candle wax
After finding the remains of candle wax on a carpet, don’t tear them off right away.
- First, put ice cubes (4-5 pieces) in a plastic bag.
- Apply them to the carpet that has wax on it.
- Hold out until the wax has completely hardened.
- Remove the frozen candle wax with a knife (blunt side).
- Then, remove the wax crumbs with a vacuum cleaner.
Note: The first stage of cooling wax with ice can be skipped if the wax hit the surface of the carpet a long time ago (the wax is completely hardened). However, this process is not unnecessary if the room is warm or hot.
Step 2: Melt the remaining candle wax
- Now take a very absorbent cloth and cover the area where the wax was.
- Next, take a spoon and heat it from below with a lighter. Basically, you can use matches, but there is a risk that they will fall on the carpet product and burn it. The spoon should be heated for 10 seconds.
- Then place the spoon where the rest of the wax is and wiggle it a little. The candle wax begins to melt and the fabric absorbs the moisture. This process must be repeated until the remains of the wax are completely absorbed by the fabric.
Removing the candle wax usually leaves a dark, greasy stain that can be removed.
Step 3: Treat greasy wax stains with alcohol
Now to remove the greasy stain after removing the candle wax, do the following:
- Dip a cotton swab in alcohol and go over the greasy wax stain.
- Dry the alcohol with a dry cloth.
- If there are still stains, repeat the process.
Note: Don’t pour alcohol on the carpet, the carpet will peel off!
Besides alcohol, the greasy wax stains can also be removed with other solvents:
- Vinegar mixed with salt and baking soda in equal parts. For consistency, it should be a homogeneous paste – you just need to apply it to the stain and wait for it to dry, then brush it off with a brush along with the wax stain!
- For a light-colored carpet, mix turpentine with ammonia and apply with a sponge, then hold for half an hour before removing.
- If all else fails, use mineral spirit, kerosene, acetone, or refined gasoline. Apply with a cotton swab and wipe the stain – but first test on the part of the carpet that, if anything goes wrong, isn’t a shame as the solvent can burn out the paint! Then just scrub the carpet.
However, do not use thinner, as it will only get worse.
Either take your carpet outside or open all the windows. With all that chemicals, you won’t feel good at all! And when you’ve cleaned the carpet, ventilate it anyway.
If you are working with a high pile carpet, try to clean only the top layers. In general, it is better to entrust a carpet made of natural fur to professionals so that you do not have to change it later – it is more expensive.
Now that you know how to remove wax from carpet without an iron, this problem will no longer surprise you in the future. Do not forget to share the article on social media if you found it useful.