How to Get Candle Wax Out of Carpet: The Homeowner's Guide

How to Get Candle Wax Out of Carpet: 4 Simple Step Tutorial

Dec 25, 2023
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No matter how careful you are, accidents are unavoidable. It would be better to learn how to get candle wax out of carpet and other annoying stains so that you can take care of the problem more efficiently.

Candles can be a great decoration but can also create stains on your carpet

Candles can be a great decoration but can also create stains on your carpet

Worry not since this tutorial post is super simple and easy to follow, anyone can understand this helpful guide after reading this post.

Here is a glance at what you can get in each section:

  • How to get candle wax out of carpet
  • How to get slime out of carpet
  • How to clean vomit from carpet

Frequently asked Questions about candle wax on the carpet.

Let’s get started!

How to get candle wax out of carpet

There are two forms of candle wax: the liquid one and the solid one. You can clean both of these forms easily with things around the house. That is why I’m certain anyone can learn this tutorial after reading this post.

First of all, let’s grab the tools we’ll need for this task:

  • For the cold method: A bag of ice/an ice pack/a frozen vegetable packet… (you get the idea: find something cold that won’t melt into a pond of water while using).
  • For the hot method: An iron or a hair dryer (depending on which one you have access to at the moment, or the tool that you feel comfortable using most.
  • Anything to wipe the stain: paper towel, terry-cloth towel, or brown paper bag.
  • Carpet cleaner or rubbing alcohol to get the stain completely off your carpet.
  • An old plastic card, a butter knife, or other dull knife for safely scrapping the candle wax without damaging the carpet.
  • A vacuum cleaner: Size doesn’t matter, as long as it has a modest suction power and is suitable for use on carpets.

Let’s learn how to get candle wax out of a carpet with the cold method first:

  • Step 1: Freeze the candle wax

Press the frozen thing (A bag of ice/an ice pack/a frozen vegetable packet…) that you get onto the candle wax spot. You can wrap a towel around the frozen thing to prevent it from dripping water on your carpet (and reduce the coldness of your hand).

Wait a little bit for the candle wax to completely harden so that it is easier to pick out from the carpet fiber.

  • Step 2: Scrape the candle wax off

Use an old plastic card or a dull knife (a butter knife for example) to scrap the candle wax off your carpet. Start from the edges and slowly lift it up bit by bit. Do not do this too violently or you will damage the carpet fiber.

A butter knife can not only help you prepare your breakfast but also comes in handy with scrapping candle wax on the carpet

A butter knife can not only help you prepare your breakfast but also comes in handy with scrapping candle wax on the carpet

Try to get as much candle wax off the carpet as possible. Don’t worry if you accidentally break the wax into smaller pieces. There will be a solution to this problem in the next step.

  • Step 3: Vacuum the rest of the candle wax residue

Once most of the candle wax is removed, use a vacuum cleaner to collect all the residue that is left behind. This is also a good chance to remove other debris that is stuck to the carpet under the wax.

Just make sure the vacuum cleaner you use is compatible with carpets. If you don’t know which model is suitable, visit the vacuum cleaner topic from TheKingLive to get a list of top vacuum cleaners you should get for cleaning carpets.

  • Step 4: Clean the carpet

If you can still see some of the candle wax remaining on the carpet, use a carpet cleaner or rubbing alcohol to blot them off with a towel.

And that is everything you need to know on how to remove candle wax from carpet - the cold method.

Here is the step-by-step guide for removing candle wax on carpets with the hot method:

  • Step 1: Melt the candle wax

Place a paper towel, a terry-cloth towel, or a brown paper bag on the candle wax. Then, use the iron or your hair dryer to slowly heat the spot up. The candle wax will melt away and soak into the towel.

Make sure you set the machine on low heat to prevent burning your carpet fiber. If you use an iron, all you need is to press it firmly on the stain. If you use a hair dryer, use the towel to blot the stain out (be careful of the heat! Wear protective gloves to make sure your hands won’t get burnt in the process).

If you don’t feel comfortable using an iron to remove candle wax on the carpet, you can always replace it with your hair dryer

If you don’t feel comfortable using an iron to remove candle wax on the carpet, you can always replace it with your hair dryer

  • Step 2: Clean the carpet

This method may spread the candle wax stain to more areas of your carpet, so it is important to clean the carpet with cleaners of rubbing alcohol to completely get the wax off.

You can finish things off by drying the spot and vacuum it to remove any residue after the process. It is recommended to wash your carpet by using a carpet cleaning machine, which you can find on TheKingLive with the tag: best carpet cleaning machine.

And that’s it! There are only two steps in how to get candle wax out of carpet with the hot method.

How to get slime out of carpet

Slime is an even more annoying stain that your kids love to play with. So there is a high chance that it will end up on your carpet after the playtime. Let’s learn how to get slime out of carpet:

  • Step 1: Scrape off the excess slime

Use a spoon or a butter knife to gently scrape the excess slime on your carpet. Work slowly and extremely gently to prevent pressing the slime further onto your carpet which makes it harder to remove later.

  • Step 2: Make the dissolve solution

Mix one part of water with two parts of white vinegar in a spray bottle to create the dissolved solution for the slime on your carpet. Shake the spray bottle to combine the two ingredients completely.

  • Step 3: Spray the slime

Spray the freshly made dissolved solution onto the slime spot and wait for five to ten minutes so it can activate. Keep an eye on the spot so that you can spray more solution in case the slime does not break down to liquid fully. Adding some rubbing alcohol can speed up the process.

  • Step 4: Blot up the stain

Use a clean towel to blot the stain and excess solution off your carpet. It would be easier if you use a white towel so that you can see how much slime you have removed and stop when there is no more color soaking into the towel. Let the spot dry and finish things off by vacuuming the spot.

With this tutorial in your pocket, I’m sure slime is no longer a threat to your carpets from this day on.

How to clean vomit from carpet

There are countless reasons that can make a person vomit. And it will be worse if someone (or yourself) vomits on the carpet. Let’s learn how to clean vomit from carpet without hassle with this tutorial below:

  • Step 1: Scrape off the excess vomit

Use a spoon to scrape off as much excess vomit as possible from your carpet. If there are dry vomit bits, use a vacuum cleaner to try to remove them.

  • Step 2: Apply baking soda

Apply baking soda by sprinkling it on the spot. It will help absorb the remaining stain and get rid of the unpleasant odor. Wait from 15 to 30 minutes and then vacuum the baking soda up.

Using baking soda is an efficient way to clean vomit stains on your carpet

Using baking soda is an efficient way to clean vomit stains on your carpet

  • Step 3: Make the cleaning solution

Add 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing soap, a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a cup of warm water in a container and mix it well. Use a sponge to gently blot the spot until the stain is completely gone. Remember not to rub to prevent embedding the vomit deeper into your carpet.

  • Step 4: Clean the carpet

Use another sponge to rinse the spot with cold water or a carpet cleaner and let it air dry. Then, you can fluff the carpet with your fingertips to return the flawless look to it.

Vomit on the carpet is an accident that no one wants to make. So knowing this tutorial will help you deal with this problem efficiently when it happens and leave no trace.

Conclusion

I’m sure this tutorial on how to take candle wax out of carpet and other annoying stains in 4 easy steps can be a lifesaver when one of these accidents happens to your carpet.

To learn more helpful tips and tricks about home care, don’t forget to visit TheKingLive website. There are more interesting topics and informative posts for you to explore with the purpose of making your life better every day. So don’t forget to check them out!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • 01. Do candles stain carpet?
  • Burning candles, especially scented ones, can stain your carpet. Besides the wax that drips on your carpet, they create tiny particles of soot that become airborne, which accumulate on cooler surfaces over time, And that is how candles create noticeable stains on your carpet.

  • 02. What is the easiest way to remove candle wax?
  • Both the hot method and cold method are easy to do, so it is not easy to debate which one is easier. It depends on the tools you have at the moment, and how comfortable you are with each method. Although I can’t tell which way is the easiest, I'm sure both are easy enough for anyone to do.

  • 03. Does vinegar dissolve candle wax?
  • Yes, vinegar can dissolve candle wax as long as you know the correct way to make a solution with it. And I have the recipe prepared for you in the post above. So it is safe to use vinegar to remove candle wax on your carpet.  

  • 04. How do you get hardened candle wax out of fabric?
  • This one is as easy as how to remove candle wax from carpet with the cold method. In this case, you don’t have to freeze the wax first, just try to scrape it out slowly. 

    It is not recommended to use the hot method since it can smear the stain even more on the fabric and make it harder to remove, especially your clothes because they tend to be much thinner than a carpet. 

  • 05. Does WD 40 remove candle wax from carpet?
  • WD 40 is a very good solution for removing wax from the carpet. However since people usually want to try a method that is natural to prevent damaging the carpet, I did not list it in the tutorial below. But if you want to learn how to use WD 40 to remove candle wax from a carpet, here are the steps:

    • • Try to scrape the wax off your carpet. The more the better, but you don’t have to get almost all of them out in this step.
    • • Spray WD 40 on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes so that the solution can activate.
    • • Once the spot is dry, use a clean sponge to wipe the stain off.

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