How Do I Get Wax Out of My Carpet?

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Wax on the carpet? Yikes! We know what you’re thinking: “Better pull it up and throw it out, huh? Just look at it. Ruined.” Fortunately, that’s a bit of an overreaction.

Sure, dripping candle wax on your carpet can make you lose hope, but you don’t have to put up with the stain, start moving furniture around, or even consider a replacement. Instead, you can salvage your carpet from what seems like a hopeless situation with nothing more than everyday items and a few tricks of the trade.

We’re carpet-cleaning experts, so we can let you know exactly what to do.

Gather Your Equipment

First off, you’ll need to gather the tools of the trade, and you’ll probably be able to find them around the house already.

Simply collect:

  • A butter knife

  • A vacuum cleaner

  • An iron

  • A white cotton towel

  • Heavy duty carpet cleaner

Got it all? Great! Now just follow three easy steps.

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1. Scrape Away the Hardened Wax

Use your butter knife the scrape the hardened wax loose from the carpet fibers. Make sure you’re gentle at first, especially with Berber carpets. Going too rough may fray the loops. After you’re done, simply vacuum up the loose wax.

2. Iron the Carpet

Yup, iron the carpet. Take your white cotton towel, damped it slightly, then fold it in half and place it carefully over the affected area. Next, set your iron on high and press it down on the towel for around 10 seconds. The heat of the iron should draw out the wax from the carpet and into the towel. You can go for up to 30 seconds if you need to, but it’s best to start low. Repeat until wax is gone, remembering to rewet the towel if it dries out.

3. Add Carpet Cleaner

Finally, spray your carpet cleaner onto the stain and scrub it in. Once that’s done, dab the area dry with a clean towel, then let the area air-dry. You and your carpet cleaner may need to go a few rounds with light-colored carpets to get the stain out completely. If the stain does not completely disappear, you might consider steam cleaning. It works more effectively than using carpet shampoo.

Contact Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs for Advice and Assistance

Having supplied carpets across Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton since 1957, all of us at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs know the tricks of the trade, and we’re more than happy to let you in on how to get wax out of carpet. Contact us today to learn more.


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