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How to get wax out of carpet

Candles can fill your home with delightful aromas but what to do if any wax gets spilt? Use these tips to help you successfully get wax out of carpet.


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Key steps

  1. When removing candle wax, act fast. To freeze the stain, use a bag filled with water and ice to press on top. The wax will be much easier to remove when frozen.
  2.  If you choose to iron over the area with a tea towel, be sure not to let the iron come into direct contact with the carpet. 
  3. Always keep an eye on your candles to prevent too much wax spilling onto the carpet in the first place. 

Any interior designer will know that there’s no better way to set the mood than by lighting a few candles. From scented tealights to statement pillars and floating centrepieces, no occasion would be complete without the light of their warm glow. However, removing candle wax is a lot easier said than done, and learning how to clean candle wax is as essential to keeping your home stylish as the design of the room itself.

Avoid getting water onto wax if you’ve spilled it on the carpet – moisture will make it more difficult to remove.

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Removing candle wax

Why is candle wax so hard to remove? Candles are so brilliant at softening the mood that they also have the unfortunate tendency of softening themselves, which inevitably leads to wax spillage. Whilst melted wax may look rather beautiful on your candlesticks, once it melts into your carpet, wax can be more than tricky to remove – and a whole lot less appealing to the eye.

But don’t panic. If you act fast, then things don’t have to be so gloomy. Whether you’re at home with a loved one or hosting a dinner party for friends, here’s how to remove candle wax from your carpet without removing that all-important atmosphere:


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How to remove candle wax from carpet

  • Dig out a thick plastic bag and fill with water to check for any holes and leaks. Supermarket shoppers are fine to use, but it’s important the bag is fully waterproof, as any moisture will make the wax harder to remove. A re-sealable plastic bag is best. Fill the bag with ice and press on top of the stain to harden.
  • Once frozen, scrape off as much of the wax as you can with a blunt knife. Take care when using the knife and remember to scrape away from your body.
  • Place a clean towel or few squares of kitchen paper on the stain and gently run over with a warm iron so that the paper absorbs the remaining wax. Don’t let the iron come into contact with the carpet and make sure it doesn’t get too hot as this could cause additional burning disasters!
  • Carefully sponge the stain with a commercial carpet cleaner, being careful to wear gloves and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. When applying any cleaning product for the first time, it is worth testing on a small, inconspicuous area of the same material first.
  • For the final finish, spray a touch of scented carpet freshener to the affected area, after having tested it on a small inconspicuous area first.

Spilled something else on your carpet? We've got you covered for that, too.

So, that’s five simple steps to keep your carpet in tip-top condition – because even if you’ve ruined the mood, you don’t have to ruin your carpet. Time to turn down the lights and turn up the atmosphere.

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