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Get candle wax out of your rug or carpet in 5 easy DIY steps
If you're one of those people who keep a candle burning in their living room all the time or if you love hosting dinner parties with wine and cheese, then you've probably had to deal with wax on your carpet at some point. It happens more often than you'd think, so it's good to know how to take care of it correctly. We are about to show you how to get wax out of your carpet using things that are probably sitting around your house right now, so read on!
- Cover the wax with a paper towel.
The paper towel will absorb some of the wax and prevent it from spreading out. It will also help keep any remaining residual wax from sticking to your carpet or rug, making cleanup much easier.
- Lay an ice-cold iron on top of the paper towel.
The next step is to lay an ice-cold iron on top of the paper towel. Make sure to turn off the iron before placing it on top of your wax-stained carpet. Leave the iron in place for about 10 minutes, then scrape up all remaining wax with a butter knife or spoon.
- Spray the wax with WD-40.
The spray will help loosen the wax so you can remove it with a dry cloth or sponge. You may need to do this several times, but it will save you time and effort in the long run.
- Scrape up as much of the wax as you can.
A dull knife, spoon or spatula will work best for this task. If there's a lot of wax splattered around your carpet, go ahead and get it out now before proceeding with the next steps.
- Rub the remaining stain with a cloth and carpet shampoo.
Once you have removed as much of the wax as possible, place a white cloth over the stain and rub it gently. This will help to remove any remaining wax in the carpet fibers.
Next, apply a generous amount of carpet shampoo on the stained area and let sit for an hour or two before rinsing with water. If your carpet is still slightly damp after rinsing, blot it dry with another clean towel rather than applying direct heat from a hair dryer or similar device; otherwise, you may cause additional damage.
Things to remember when removing a stain from a rug
- Do it fast
- Blot up all excess spill with paper towels
- Do not rub
- Apply antidotes as shown on a list with a clean dry cloth, working from the edge to the center
- Do not soak
- Pat with paper towels
- Dry with fan or hair blower
- Restore pile with clothes brush
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