A Night of Romance Gone Wrong: How to Get Candle Wax Out of Carpeting
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Whether our intention is to set a romantic mood, unwind alone or simply make our pad smell a little fresher, we always enjoy the warm, flattering, ambiance-boosting light candles give. Well, almost always. If they spill their wax on a plush rug or patch of carpet, they’re nothing but a buzzkill that can turn ‘let’s get it on’ into how do I get it off? Don’t worry, though, we did the research for you—simply refer to this guide on how to get candle wax out of carpet should you ever find yourself in this sticky situation.

What You'll Need

Fortunately, very few supplies are needed to remove minor candle wax stains from carpet. Here’s the shortlist of tools you’ll need to have in your arsenal:

  • Ice cubes
  • A blunt instrument for wax removal—a dull knife will work (think, cheese or butter), as will the edge of a metal spoon
  • Paper towels
  • An iron
  • Carpet cleaner

How to Get Candle Wax Out of Carpet

Getting candle wax out of carpet can be tricky—and depending on the amount of wax that was spilled and the specific kind of carpeting you have, you might even want to consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service to do the job to avoid any risk of damage to your plush flooring. However, before you bring in the big guns to repair the damage done by a candlelit dinner gone wrong, you should definitely try this easy DIY hack, courtesy of the professionals at the American Cleaning Institute (ACI). For most minor wax spills it works like a charm and, best of all, it requires no solvents (a cleaning solution that’s best left to the professionals). Now that you’ve gathered your materials, you’re ready to begin.

1. Cool the stain

PSA: Do not try to remove wax from carpet until it has hardened—you’ll just end up smearing the stuff around and embedding it further in the pile of your carpet. Per the ACI, “you need [the wax] to harden so you can remove any excess.” OK...but what if in your frustrated and panicked state you don’t have the patience to watch wax dry? Glad you asked! The cleaning pros say you can “speed this process up by putting an ice cube in a bag and gently applying it to the stain.” Done.

2. Scrape it off

Once the wax has cooled and solidified, find yourself a dull knife and start chipping away at the eyesore. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard, though. The idea is to remove the thickest bits of wax—you know, the ones that don’t protest too much—without damaging the fibers of the carpet with aggressive scraping.

3. Warm what’s left

It might sound odd,  but the ACI says your next move is to heat the wax back up because this allows you to transfer the wax from your carpet to another surface. According to the experts, the best way to go about this is to lay a piece of paper towel over the problem area and use a warm iron to press the paper towel into the stain. Repeat the process with clean sheets until the wax no longer transfers to the paper towel.

4. Clean the carpet

Congrats, you’re in the home stretch now. The final step in the ACI’s wax removal process is to use a carpet cleaner of your choice in accordance with the product’s label to blot and dab away the last traces of the candle debacle from your carpet. Note: For good measure, pass a vacuum over the area once the (former) stain is dry, as this will pick up any remaining debris.

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