With the warmth and coziness of holiday decor, your carpets and rugs will likely come across some risk of being stained with candle wax. There’s no replacement of the feeling of being in a cozy home with lit candles burning bright – but wax can pose a danger to your pristine rugs. Here’s a guide from the rug cleaning experts at Aladdin on how to remove wax from your carpets or rugs.
What you will need:
- Credit card or other Scraping Tool
- Hose vacuum
- White cloths
- Plastic bag
- Paper bag
Removing Wax from Carpets
- First, remove the majority of the dry wax by scraping it away with a credit card or other firm scraping tool, being careful not to be so rough as to damage the fibers of the rug. Do it until you can’t remove any more wax. We recommend putting ice into a bag and putting it on top of the eax to harden it, making it easier to break it away.
- Vaccum as much of the loosened wax off the carpet, repeat the scraping, and vacuum again.
- Then melt the wax back into liquid so as to make it easier to remove the remainder. Put a paper bag over the wax, and place an iron on top of it – make sure not to leave it on too long to damage your rug. Keep it on the lowest setting, with no steam, and check frequently. Move the paper every couple seconds to a clean part of the bag to continue absorbing the liquid wax.
- After the majority of remaining wax is removed you might have some stain or residue on the rug. If so, place a solution of 8 parts water to 1 part ammonia on a white rag, and blot (not rub) the stain until no more color transfers onto the rag.
- If the stain is still there, make a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 3 parts water and cover the stain. When the paste is dry, vacuum it up, and do this until no more color absorbs into the baking soda.
- Then, rinse the area by pouring some cold water on it, and extracting it with a vacuum or towels. If your stain still remains, contact a professional rug and carpet cleaning service to fully remove it.