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Follow These Steps to Get Candle Wax Out of Your Carpet

Burning candles with wax drips.

Many of us love decorating our homes with candles of all shapes and sizes, but there’s no denying that they can get messy at times. Candle wax often melts down the side, dripping onto tabletops, desktops, and even the floor in the process. It’s a huge pain to clean up, especially once the wax has hardened and set.

If you’ve had a wax spill over your candle holder and onto your carpet, you might have despaired of ever getting it out. Fortunately, there are a few easy steps you can follow to clear the wax right out, even if it’s really stuck in your rug or carpet.

Keep in mind, too, that as with any stains, the sooner you clean them up, the better. The longer a stain sits, the harder it is to get out.

Scwhousi Decorative Iron Candle Holder Set

Grabbing this set of candle plates to catch rogue wax can also go a long way toward preventing the mess in the first place.

First, grab a waterproof plastic bag, completely fill it with ice, and place it on top of the wax stain. Leave the bag in place until the wax has frozen, while making sure that that it doesn’t leak or drip water onto the stain.

Once the wax is frozen, scrape off as much of itas you’re able using a knife or a similar flat, hard surface, spread a clean terry cloth or brown paper bag over the stain, and run a warm (but not too hot) iron over it so the fabric or paper absorbs the wax. You may have to repeat this step a few times to get it all out.

Finally, remove the cloth or bag and go over the stained spot with either some sort of cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol to get rid of any leftover wax debris or dirt.

Your rug or carpet may smell odd due to the heated wax, so feel free to go over it with some air freshener or carpet freshener once you’ve finished.

Meghan Herlihy Meghan Herlihy
Meghan Herlihy is a full-time writer for LifeSavvy and How-To Geek and has written across a wide variety of topics, genres, and formats, including radio talk shows, local sports journalism, and creative original fiction. She received her bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master's in writing from Johns Hopkins University. When she's not writing, you're most likely to find her reading a book, petting every dog within eyesight, and indulging in her love of travel. Read Full Bio »
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