Sometimes it’s just inevitable. You’ve decorated your home beautifully with candles for the holidays and now you’ve discovered one or two wax spots on your carpet. What should you do now? Relax; it’s not a disaster. Candle wax can be removed if you follow these simple steps.
Pick as much wax as you can off the carpet. Once you can’t get anymore off chill the wax spot with some ice. (Put the ice in a plastic bag first). This will help harden the wax and will make it more likely for you to pick off a little bit more.
Get a paper bag. Lay it over the wax spot. Use a blow dryer or an iron on a low setting to melt the wax. Be careful the blow dyer/iron doesn’t get too hot, as you don’t want to burn the paper or melt any fibers in your carpet. As the wax melts it will be absorbed by the paper. You may have to change paper several times depending on how big the spot is.
Apply rubbing alcohol to any spots that are stained by the dye in the wax. Be careful not to use too much as you don’t want to damage your carpet either. Gently blot the stain with a white cloth until no more dye remains and the towel comes away clean.
Rinse the area with warm water. Immediately dry the area with the blow dryer. Also use fans if you can to help speed up the process.
If you are unable to remove the dye spot by yourself, please call a professional as soon as possible.