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How to Remove Candle Wax From Your Carpet

Hello and welcome to Scalzo Maintenance LLC’s Tips and Tricks for everyday cleaning. If you have a cleaning service subject that you would like to hear about, please feel free to contact us via email and we will be happy to help.

In light of Valentines Day, and all the candle burning that will be happening soon, we will be explaining a simple way to remove wax from a carpet. We have all been in this situation before and simply scraping the wax with a butter knife just isn’t cutting it. (No pun intended.) Sometimes it is unnecessary to call in a professional carpet cleaning company for small stains, but if you feel the task is just too much for you, call us as soon as possible.

Here’s the scenario. You just finished setting the mood for a nice relaxing evening at home. The lights are dimmed, soft music is playing, your candles are lit and you grab a good book…or your sweetheart! After some time you find your eyes getting heavy and drift off to sleep in your peaceful home after a great evening. Eventually dreamtime comes to an end and you wake up to find the wax candles have melted all over your carpet! Don’t worry, your carpet isn’t ruined.

Follow our simple 7-step method to remove wax from your carpet.

  1. Rule of thumb, you always want to remove any kind of stain in your carpet as soon as you notice it. The longer a stain has to set in, the harder it will be to get out.
  2. Fill a plastic bag with ice and lay it on top of the wax stain. Allow the wax to freeze. Make sure the wax stain is not getting wet from leaks or condensation from your plastic bag, as moisture will make the stain harder to get out. You may want to lay some paper towel in between the bag and the wax.
  3. Scrape off as much of the wax as you can with a dull knife or other hard flat edged tool.  We sell a tool for $14.99 that will help remove wax as well as gum and other spots and stains.
  4. Spread a clean white terry cloth or brown paper bag over the wax stain.
  5. Run a warm iron over the paper or cloth to heat the wax. The towel or paper will absorb the wax as it melts. Don’t let the iron get too hot or it could melt the carpet or burn the paper!
  6. Repeat step number 5 with fresh brown paper or terry cloth until the wax is all gone.

For more information, or if you need immediate assistance, please feel free to contact us at 800-246-5934.

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