If you like having candles in your home, then you know how cumbersome it is when the candle wax gets stuck on anything. This situation worsens when it gets on the carpet since removing it becomes a delicate job that not everyone has the patience for. If you have found yourself in such a situation, then you need to understand the chemical composition of wax. This allows you to understand better how to remove it.
Wax is not water or even oil soluble. This means that it cannot be removed using some of the standard stain removal techniques, you know. However, this doesn’t mean that you should throw away the carpet when it catches wax. The following guide will explain everything you need to know about wax stains and how to remove them from your carpet.
How to remove wax from carpet
To remove wax entirely from the carpet is only possible when you work with heat. This means you either have to melt it or freeze it for the best result. It can be a difficult task to do, but with the following guide, you may complete the job fast enough.
Before you start to remove wax from the carpets, you must get rid of most of it, and that is only done by scraping off the excess. Depending on your type of carpet, you can even use your hands to pull off the larger pieces of wax. However, it would be best if you were very careful when doing this.
To scrape off wax from the carpet, you only require one main thing; a butter knife or use the handle of a spoon. Be keen on how you scrape off the wax since, in some cases, you may end up doing more harm than good. Start by using the knife to push off the wax from the base of the carpet. This ensures that you don’t end up pulling the fibers making them shaggy and untidy.
It would be best if you were more careful with high pile carpets since it is easy to make it fluffy, which will lead to shedding. Repeat this process until you get rid of most of the wax. At this point, you can leave it and go to the next step.
This is one of the most effective ways of removing wax since it allows you to get rid of the whole thing. It is essential that when using this method, don’t get the stain wet as this will make your job more difficult. The following are what you need:
- An ice pack or frozen food in a Ziploc bag.
- Butter knife or spoon
- Piece of cloth
- Vacuum cleaner
The idea when using this method is to freeze the wax as much as possible. This then makes it easier to remove than when using a butter knife alone. Place a piece of cloth on top of the wax stain then place the ice pack on top. The fabric acts as a buffer, so the spot doesn’t get wet, making the removal harder.
Allow this to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the wax is fully frozen. When removing the piece of cloth, if it froze well, it may get some of the wax out. Use the butter knife to remove the rest of the resin by scrapping slowly on it. If you find some difficultly in doing this, you can place the icepack on it again and repeat until you are satisfied by the results. Use the vacuum cleaner to get rid of the remaining pieces of wax.
Of all the methods of removing wax, this is the best since it gets rid of pretty much the entire stain. However, it would be best if you were careful when doing this since it is easy for you to make a huge mess, and this may cause a simple task more difficult for no reason. For this, you will require:
- A brown bag
- Iron box
- Rubbing alcohol
Start by placing the brown bag on top of the wax stain then setting the iron box to medium-low heat. Use the iron to heat the spot slowly until you start seeing the wax appearing on the paper. Continue ironing on it until you see that most of it has appeared on the covering. When you realize that you aren’t getting more stains on the bag, lift it off the carpet, and the wax should be on the paper.
If you realize that the stain is still on the carpet, repeat the process until you get rid of all of the wax from the carpet. If you stop getting the results that you were, once you notice the stain has stopped sticking on the paper, allow it to cool before you lift then carefully remove it when it is cold. This will ensure that it will get rid of the remaining stains without damaging the carpet.
Once you are satisfied with the results, take a piece of cloth, wet it using the rubbing alcohol, and blot the stain if the candle wax was colored. Do this slowly and repeat the process until you have removed all the color from the carpet.
If you don’t have an iron box, you can also use a hair drier on the hot setting, in the same way, using a brown paper. However, you may also use the drier to melt the wax then quickly blot using the brown form while still hot and lift off the solid wax from the fiber. This can only be used in some cases, and it is not advisable to use it when the wax is colored since it may make the stain harder to remove.
How to remove the colored wax stain from carpet
When removing wax, it is not automatic that the color will come off as well. In most cases, the stain seeps through the fibers leaving your carpet with an unsightly hue, which is why you need to remove the spot as well. Using rubbing alcohol, as mentioned above, is one of the most effective methods. However, it is not the only one, and depending on the color, you may not get all of it. This is why we have the following ways of removing candle wax color from carpets.
Vinegar is a superpower in cleaning around the home. You can use it alone or using other ingredients to make it more potent. One of the best ways to remove the leftover color from the carpet without causing further damage. In this case, you will need the following:
- Baking soda
- Piece of dry cloth
Pour some baking soda directly on the stain them wet it using vinegar. The chemical reaction is excellent since it agitates the spot. Allow this mixture to sit for at least ten minutes then start blotting using the dry piece of cloth. It is essential to do this slowly and not by rubbing since this will spread the color, and you may end up doubling your work. Once the stain is out of the carpet, blot using another piece of cloth or paper towel to remove the extra moisture or vacuum to finish.
Other than using it with vinegar, baking soda alone is excellent for getting rid of colored stains. Baking soda is perfect for this because it is a powerful stain remover and it does well when blotting colors. The following are the requirements for using baking soda:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A spray bottle
- Warm water
- Paper towels/ piece of cloth
Put some of the warm water in a spray bottle and wet the area with the stain. Pour some baking soda on the stain and leave it for at least ten minutes. The baking soda will bolt the water as well as the color from the carpet. This may not happen in one try, so be ready to repeat the process a few more times. If the stain is tougher to remove, then you may use hydrogen peroxide. If you don’t have baking soda handy, you can use salt in place of it. The idea is to have something that will soak up the color.
Pour baking soda on the stain, then add some hydrogen peroxide and allow this to sit for about 10 minutes. Use a piece of cloth to blot the area, and this should get you better results. Once you are satisfied with the color removal, use a dry piece of cloth or paper towel to dry it. Remember not to rub the carpet; use patting movements since it is more effective and will eliminate all the moisture.
Since wax is not soluble, it may be challenging to get the stain from your carpet. in this case, it will cost you, even more, when you get professionals to clean the area. However, the above guide should enable you to eliminate the stain without too much fussing about it. The best part is that you can combine all three methods of removing the spot. However, if you want instant results, then the melting way is the best one.