Have you ever used a wax based candle only to find that the wax has begun to discolor your carpets, furniture and other items?
This happens because the wax, being light, can easily penetrate through to the surface and migrate to other areas of your house. However, this does not have to be the case.
Candles, especially those with a strong scent, such as vanilla or almond, can leave a strong residue of wax on your carpets—they are one of the most common culprits in causing this.
There are two methods you can use to remove candle wax from your carpet: residue and furniture polish. Residue is a way of removing the wax from your carpets without having to scrub the wax off by yourself.
You can just simply sprinkle the fabric with a teaspoon of baking soda and then dab the stain with a dry clean cloth.
If that doesn’t work, you can try using a solution of water and dishwashing liquid. If that doesn’t work, you can try rubbing the wax with a paste made of baking soda and dishwashing liquid as well.
You can safely remove candle wax from carpet without damaging the surface.
Other ways to remove candle wax from carpet
Sometimes it can be hard to clean out the wax from your candle. Candle wax is one of those things that you never want to get on your hands, but as it dries it begins to build up on your carpet. So, how do you remove it?
Here are a few simple steps you can try to remove candle wax from your carpet.
1. Use a butter knife to scrape out as much wax as possible
One of the best ways to clean a wax spill is to use a butter knife – a knife that is sturdy enough to scrape out the wax without damaging the carpet fibers.
Many people fail to realize the importance of using a knife for this task, as they are often too afraid to use a sharp utensil on their precious carpet.
In the worst case scenario, the knife will damage the carpet, but with a little practice, a butter knife can be used to remove wax safely from a carpet.
2. Using a wet cloth
If the wax stays, then you should use a wet cloth to remove it from the carpet. You do not need to use an expensive carpet cleaner, just a clean cloth.
In fact, it is better to remove the wax in some places as it can cause damage if left on too long. The key to doing this is to use a wet cloth, not paper towels or other types of towels, as they will leave fibers behind that can cause problems later.
3. Using a carpet stain remover
If you ever experience candle wax stains on your carpet, you don’t have to worry since you can use a carpet stain remover to remove candle wax stains from carpet.
The great thing is that there are many stain removers available on the market today, and they can be used to remove stains and other tough stains from your carpet.
If you live in an area where candles are frequently lit, you should invest in a carpet stain remover to remove candle wax from carpet.
4. Cotton ball
You can also use a cotton ball with water and rub it into the wax while it is still on the carpet. Use a dry cotton ball and some paper towels.
These methods are good for small messes and small carpet.
Once the wax is all gone, you can begin the process of cleaning up your carpet. You have a few options for getting rid of the wax. You can use the vacuum to suck up everything including the wax and debris.
You can use a wet sponge to wipe it up. You can use a broom or brush with a little water to brush it up. Or, you can use a scrubbing brush.
Before you scrub, use an iron on the highest setting and just pass it over the area where you will be cleaning.
Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she’s not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.