How To Remove Wax Stains From Carpeting

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Whether candle wax dripped or a crayon was stepped on and ground into the carpet fibers, the waxy stain may seem almost impossible to remove. Fortunately, your carpet can likely be saved with proper cleaning, even if it is light in color and the wax is dark. The following guide will walk you through the process of proper removal.

Step 1: Loosen the wax

The wax is rarely fully absorbed into the carpet fibers, especially if you have a synthetic carpet. Instead, the bulk of it sits on top the carpet. Scrap the edge of a spoon or a butter knife over the wax in one direction, then vacuum up the loose pieces. Now scrape again perpendicular to the first direction to loosen even more wax, and then vacuum a second time. This should remove any wax that wasn't absorbed into the fibers.

Step 2: Grab your iron

Heat is the next step to remove the wax. For this, you will need a white cotton rag – skip synthetics, they will melt. An old white cotton sock with holes or without a mate will work well for this step, or you can use a torn white t-shirt that is otherwise ready for the trash.

Dampen the rag with water and lay it over the waxy spot. Heat the iron to the high setting and hold the iron in place on top of the rag, positioning it above the stain. Hold it for no more than a half-minute at a time, and then dampen the rag again and reposition it so a fresh spot is on top of the wax. Repeat with the iron. Do this until all of the wax has been removed from the carpet and transferred to the rag.

Step 3: Remove any remaining dye

Although the wax is gone, some of the tint from the dye may remain in the carpet – especially if you have light-colored carpet. Apply your carpet cleaner of choice to the stain and work it into the carpet fibers. Allow it to set for a few minutes, or as directed on the cleaner label, and then blot it up with a clean, wet cloth. Allow it to dry and then repeat the process as necessary until the stain is gone.

Sometimes wax stains can be persistent, but they still aren't usually permanent. In this case, contact a carpet cleaning contractor such as Conscientious Carpet Care for more help.

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