Candles are a beautiful and relaxing accessory to every home interior. They are festive, romantic and provide us with soft light and warmth to our winter evenings at home. Unfortunately, when you spill candle wax on the carpet or onto the upholstery, the result is a sticky mess, which seems almost impossible to get off the textile. Fortunately, candle wax stains are rather easy to clean if you know how to remove them. Today we are sharing with you this tested, 5-step method for cleaning candle wax stains from your carpets and upholstery.
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How to Deal with Candle Wax Stains on Carpets?
The best thing is you won’t need any particular cleaning products to remove melted wax stains. However, you will need:
- Bag of ice (optional)
- Butter knife / Spatula
- Iron or a hairdryer
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean cloths
- Paper wipes
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1. Let the candle wax to harden
Before beginning to clean the stain from the melted candle, wait until it hardens completely. Use a bag of ice if you want to speed up the process. Never try to clean the wax if it isn’t a solid piece. Otherwise, you can burn yourself and spread the stain, making it more difficult to remove from the carpet or upholstery.
2. Scrape the excess candle wax
Use a dull knife or a plastic spatula to scrape off as much of the solid substance as you can. Never use sharp blades when removing wax from textile items because you will damage the fibres.
3. Remove the leftover wax using iron
With some carpets and upholsteries, it is enough just to scrape off the hardened wax. Still, most of the times you will have to iron the area to remove all the remaining wax. Lay a few sheets of paper towel onto the stained area. Set your iron at the lowest possible temperature and run it over the paper towels. There’s no need to use the steam. The remaining wax will melt and get stuck onto to the paper. Iron the spot until you notice the paper towels have absorbed all of the candle wax.
Alternative solution: If you don’t have an iron you can use a hairdryer. After placing the paper sheets run the dryer to melt the wax and gently press the paper until you absorb all of the liquefied wax.
4. Clean the candle dye from your carpet or upholstery
Some candles are artificially coloured in various shades. If there is dye on the carpet, you can clean it with rubbing alcohol after removing the solid wax. Get a dry cloth, dip it in rubbing alcohol and gently blot the area until you clean the colouring.
Alternative solution: If you don’t have rubbing alcohol handy you can use carpet or upholstery stain removal product. Follow the instructions on the bottle to avoid colour bleeding and damage the fibres of your furniture or carpet.
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5. Dry the spot
If you use rubbing alcohol to remove the stain, there is no need to rinse the area. If the outside temperatures allow it, open a window and let the wet stain to air dry – the alcohol will evaporate. Otherwise, you can use a hairdryer or to run the air conditioner in the room.
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