A romantic dinner for two is set complete with roses, soft music, and candles. Nothing could possibly spoil the moment – Except a slight bump on the table, which sends the candles spilling to the floor. Luckily, there’s no fire. But, that candle wax sure did leave one heck of a mess on your carpet. Now the night is completely ruined! Or is it?
For now, all you need to do is fill a Ziploc bag full of ice and place it on the wax. Then, sit down and enjoy the rest of your meal. Let the ice work it’s magic while you finish your romantic dinner. If you’re dinner is exceptionally lengthy, you may want to replace the bag of ice if it begins to melt.
Using ice is, without a doubt, the simplest way to get wax out of carpet. The wax begins to harden beneath the cold ice, which will make it easier to remove. The absolute worst thing you can do with spilled candle wax is immediately try to rub it out of the carpet. If you’ve ever tried it, you know it doesn’t work. In fact, it makes a much bigger mess! But, by freezing the wax before trying to remove it, you can lift the candle wax out of carpet fibers with no problem.
How to get wax out of carpet
Once the wax has frozen and is nice and firm, follow these steps to remove it from the carpet:
1. Get a butter knife and scrape away as much of the wax as possible. Don’t rub! Gently lift at the edges to pull it away from the carpet. If the wax is still soft, replace the bag of ice until it hardens.
2. Once the large pieces of wax have been removed, vacuum the area with a small attachment. Again, don’t rub the area. Simply use the vacuum to lift away any remnants.
3. Use a medium bristled brush and press it into the carpet fibers. The wax that is remaining should attach itself to the bristles each time you push. Be sure to clean off the brush after each application. Continue until there is no remaining residue.
4. Place a brown paper bag on top of the wax and rub a medium-temperature iron over the bag. This will cause the wax to be absorbed into the bag. As wax is transferred, replace the bag with a new one. Continue ironing until wax no longer transfers.
5. Vacuum the carpet once more. If there is a stain left behind, treat the carpet with a quality stain remover.
That’s all there is to it! Once the wax has hardened, the entire process of getting candle wax out of carpet will take less than 15 minutes. Now, you can get on the rest of your evening and not have to worry about the mess in the morning.
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Source: Personal experience