At Chem-Dry of Wilson, we understand that stains, spills, and other accidents can happen on your carpet, especially during the most unexpected moments. We’ve seen and dealt with some of the worst carpet stains from berries, soda, juice, blood, candy, nail polish, coffee, honey, red juice or punch, jelly, mud, lipstick, ketchup, marker, rust, throw-up, urine, wine, and many other sources. But what about a spilled candle leaving wax on your carpet? Can your carpet be salvaged or does spilled wax cause irreversible damage?
Luckily, there is a way to save your carpets from a spilled candle. This month, we want to share with you some tips on what you can do to best clean up your carpet after this type of mishap.
Step 1: Collect your Materials
Get the shopping list ready. To effectively remove wax from your carpet, you’ll need to have some items in stock.
- a bag of ice
- a towel
- a butter knife
- an iron
- a brown paper bag
- carpet cleaner
- a second towel
- a vacuum
Now that you have your supplies ready, you are prepared to tackle and resolve the spilled wax in your carpets.
Step 2: Freeze the Wax
Freezing the wax will be essential for removing a good amount of the wax. The wax will bond together and allow you to remove a significant amount.
To freeze the spilled wax, place a bag of ice over it, ensuring that the wax is entirely covered. It should take just a few minutes for the wax to solidify and become cold. It is also a good idea to include a towel in the process by using it to cover your carpet, preventing it from becoming wet and causing further damage.
Step 3: Scrape the Wax
By now, the wax should be frozen solid. You may begin attempting to scrape off as much of the wax as possible with a butter knife. Use the butter knife to lift the wax from the carpet and to begin the extraction process. The more wax that you can successfully remove during this step will permit you to successfully remove a greater amount of wax in the following steps. Once you have removed as much of the wax as possible from your carpet, it is time to proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Heat the Wax to Remove
Now that you have successfully removed a good portion of the wax by freezing it, it is time to apply the exact opposite measures to remove even more wax. Yes, we mean you will reheat the wax on your carpet to remove the lingering remnants. To do this, grab an iron and set it at a low temperature. To prevent damage to your carpet, it is very important to ensure that the temperature of the iron is not too hot. For even better results, try to avoid utilizing the steam setting.
Take your brown paper bad and cover the rest of the wax. Once the bag is securely over the rest of the wax, run the iron over it. Amazingly, the wax will melt but stick to the paper bag, instead of melting back into the carpet. This will most likely remove all, if not leave behind a little, of the remaining remnants of wax.
Step 5: Clean the Carpet
After re-heating the wax, the wax should practically be removed from the carpet. Now you are ready to clean the carpet. Most likely there will still be somewhat of a mess from the wax, so now is the time to bring out your carpet cleaning products and a second towel. Once you have applied the cleaning solutions to the affected area, use the towel to blot the stain until it is gone from your carpet.
Step 6: Vacuum the Carpet
Wait for the affected area to dry after you have completed the cleaning process. Once the area is dry, you can begin to use a vacuum over the carpet to remove the remaining wax pieces.
Step 7: Seek Professional Assistance
To maximize your best results at complete wax removal from your carpet, it is always a great idea to invite professional help from a carpet cleaner like Chem-Dry of Wilson. Professional stain removal will ensure that all of the wax gets completely removed and that your carpets will be as if nothing previously happened. While these DIY tips can help remove wax from your carpet, nothing beats the power of carpet cleaning from Chem-Dry of Wilson.
Carpet Stain Removal in Wilson County
Chem-Dry of Wilson has proudly served Wilson, Elm City, Black Creek, Lucama, Stantonsburg, Saratoga, and the surrounding areas for many years. We have provided homeowners with one of the best carpet cleaning services that’s geared towards making your carpets drier, cleaner, and healthier. See what makes us one of the preferred carpet cleaners in the area by checking out recent reviews from our customers. Contact us today for more information and to receive a free price quote.