A Step-by-Step Guide on Removing Wax Stains From Your Carpet

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Candles can create a warm and intimate atmosphere, but when they drip onto the carpet, wax is hard to get out. Luckily, you can tackle the problem using a few materials you can find around the house and some methodical steps. As long as you act fast, you can get your rug looking like new again. Consider the following wax removal tips!

Step 1: Get All Materials Together

The first thing you need to do is gather all the materials needed to get the wax off your carpet. Most of these materials can be easily found in your home, or just buy them from your local grocery or department store:

  • Paper towels
  • Iron
  • Butter knife (or any knife with a dull edge)
  • Oxygen-based stain remover

Step 2: Try to Get the Wax Off with a Butter Knife

If there is only a small amount of wax, your first instinct may be to scrape at it with the back of a butter knife. While this is an OK solution, depending on the plasticity of the wax, it may not work, and you will have to resort to the next step. If you have a small amount, use a butter knife to scrape at the wax.

However, before you even try getting off the wax with a butter knife, make sure that you let the wax fully solidify first. This will make removal much easier and help reduce the spread of any coloured wax that you use for dyeing.

Step 3: Remove the Wax

Once the wax has hardened, scrape the hard wax away with a dull knife. If there is still some remaining wax after initial removal, place a dishtowel underneath the garment to help soak up the remaining traces of wax. Then, put two dry paper towels on top of any remaining wax. Place a warm iron on low-medium heat and press lightly while moving the iron around so that it heats no single spot too long. Replace the paper towels as needed and change their positions as you go so that they absorb all of the melted wax without spreading the stain.

Step 4: Treat the Stain

Get your oxygen-based stain remover and use it to lift the stains from the carpet. This simple DIY method can be used anywhere to treat stains on clothing or carpets. Pour a small amount of the stain remover onto the paper towel and then apply to the stained carpet. Let the foam sit for a minute or two before blotting it up with additional paper towels. You will be able to see the stain lifting immediately.

Step 5: Repeat Previous Steps if Needed

If you still have wax staining your carpet, you may have to repeat Steps 3 and 4 if the stain is particularly bad. In this case, you might also want to place some paper towels under the garment then wait for the wax to harden again. Scrape off any wax that you see, then place another layer of paper towels over the wax and iron as before.


Cleaning wax off a carpet can be a little messy and time-consuming. However, it’s important to remember that sometimes things happen, and when they do, be prepared and handle your problems as soon as possible. Always keep your materials close by and follow these steps to have your carpet looking like new in no time.

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