How to Remove Wax From Carpet in 3 Steps

A pro shares his method on how to remove wax

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Candle wax accidentally dripped on a plush carpet may look like a hopeless mess, but with a cool head, a hot iron, and a few tricks of the trade, you can make a big wax mess disappear.

Materials Required

  • Heavy duty carpet cleaner

Project step-by-step (3)

Step 1

How to get wax out of carpet: Scrape, dampen and spray

The first step in how to clean up wax is to scrape off any hardened wax

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Scrape the wax loose with a butter knife (be gentle with Berber carpets; the loops fray easily). Vacuum up the loose wax and scrape off any remaining wax chunks.

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Step 2

Iron the carpet

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Dampen a white cotton towel, fold it in half and place it over the wax. Press an iron set on “high” over the towel for 10 seconds. The heat will draw the wax out of the carpet and into the towel. Repeat until the wax is gone (you may have to hold the iron in place for up to 30 seconds). If the towel dries out, rewet it, and if it becomes loaded with wax, grab another one.

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