Forgotten candles leaving scars upon your carpet? Don’t panic. There are things you can do to remove it. Removing wax from carpet, though a challenging task, is possible with the right approach. Here are some tips for getting wax out of carpet, along with information on carpet patching as a viable option if you cannot remove the wax on your own.
Allow the Wax to Harden
If the wax is still soft, let it cool and harden. You can expedite this process by placing ice in a plastic bag on top of the wax to freeze it. Once the wax is hard and brittle, use a butter knife or a plastic card to gently scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Be careful not to damage the carpet fibers.
Heat the Wax Stain
Place a clean, white cloth or a few layers of paper towels over the remaining wax stain. Use a warm iron on a low setting to gently heat the cloth. The heat will cause the wax to melt and be absorbed by the cloth. Move the cloth frequently to avoid spreading the wax.
Apply a Solvent
After removing as much wax as possible with the iron, you can use a solvent to tackle the remaining residue. Test the solvent in an inconspicuous area of the carpet first to ensure it doesn't damage the fibers or color.
Blot and Repeat
Regardless of the solvent used, always blot the stain instead of rubbing it, as rubbing can damage the carpet fibers. Repeat the solvent application and blotting process until the wax is completely gone.
Rinse and Dry
After removing the wax, rinse the affected area with clean water and blot it dry with a clean, dry cloth or paper towels. Ensure there is no remaining solvent residue.
Vacuum and Restore
Vacuum the carpet to fluff up the fibers and restore its appearance.
If the wax stain proves impossible to remove or if the carpet fibers are damaged during the removal process, carpet patching may be a viable solution. Carpet patching involves cutting out the stained or damaged area of carpet and replacing it with a patch of matching or remnant carpet. If you think that your carpet may need this service, reach out to Nip Tuck Carpet Repair to renew your carpet today!
By Nip Tuck Carpet Repair 10-5-2023