Sometimes even unnoticed, liquid wax makes its way onto the carpet. A candle quickly falls over, or the wax slowly drips from the Christmas tree onto the good flooring: how annoying. After all, carpet cannot simply be put in the washing machine. So what to do to remove the stain?
Let the wax harden first
Contrary to what you might think, you should not treat a wax stain on the carpet immediately. Intuitively, most people tend to want to remove the stain immediately to prevent worse damage. But mostly, this is just what makes things worse.
Let the still warm and liquid wax harden first and do not rub around on the stain – this will only get the stain deeper into the carpet fabric, and a little mishap quickly becomes a serious problem.
Take it easy. Do not force the wax out of the carpet by force. This only leaves unnecessarily ugly marks, which are usually even less beautiful than the wax itself. Coarse candle wax can sometimes be easily removed with your fingers, and the remaining crumbs can be vacuumed up.
There are two different methods to choose from, as already mentioned, to get rid of the remaining wax stain: either with heat or cold. A combination of both variants usually leads to the desired result.
The more robust the carpet material on which the wax stains are, the easier it is to remove them.
Do not pull out any fibers
Scratching the wax out of the carpet by force often leaves more ugly marks of the wax itself. Therefore, it is essential to act carefully and carefully. If coarse candle wax can already be loosened with your fingers, remove it. The vacuum cleaner can easily pick up tiny crumbs. Then you have two options to tackle the remaining wax stain: either cold or warm. Usually, a combination of both leads to success.
Use the iron to remove candle wax from the carpet
- Lightly dampen the wool around the wax stain using a spray bottle.
- Place an old kitchen towel, kitchen paper, blotting paper, or a coffee filter on the wax stain.
- Set the iron to medium temperature (not too hot!)
- Now iron with the iron through the cloth/filter over the candle wax.
- Use new areas of the cloth/filter with each pass.
- The heat of the iron liquefies the wax, which is then absorbed by the cloth/filter gradually.
Cleaning with nylon
If none of these methods appeals to you, then try a nylon stocking. Put on a work glove and rub vigorously over the wax stain with a crumpled nylon stocking. As is well known, friction generates heat. And this melts the wax, which is also sucked up by the stocking. Do not be too timid, because you have to rub vigorously to get the wax liquid, whose melting temperature is 40 degrees.
Remove candle wax using cold
- Let the wax cool completely and solidify
- Place ice cubes, a pack of frozen beans or a cold pack on the wax stain (ice spray can also be used)
- Let the ice soak in for a while and then remove it
- Reach for the wax stain from underneath the carpet and bend the carpet slightly – the wax stain breaks apart
- Use the vacuum cleaner to vacuum the small pieces of wax off the carpet.
- If there are still wax residues adhering to the fiber, it is advisable to remove them “warm” using an iron and kitchen towel.
To rest spots of wax to deal with, you can make another attempt with benzine. But first, test your carpet for its colorfastness in an inconspicuous area to avoid unpleasant surprises.
White spirit removes wax stains from plastic carpets, from wool and other natural fiber coverings and velvet or high pile carpets.
Repeat the cleaning process several times until the stain has completely disappeared. Finally, clean your carpet with some mild liquid detergent and lukewarm water.
Put the carpet in the dry cleaner
Candles come in all imaginable colors. Colored wax, for example, from the red advent candle, drips onto the carpet, can sometimes leave shadows on it forever. With rubbers that stick firmly to the floor, your hands remain tied. Portable carpets, on the other hand, can be brought to a dry carpet cleaning facility. The effort is worth it because the professionals usually manage to remove the colored wax completely.
Note: For older carpets that have not been cleaned for a long time, the final cleaning with a steam cleaner is highly recommended! If cleaning is only carried out selectively here, loosened dirt particles from other stains will surely create ugly edges after drying.