How To Get Candle Wax Out Of A Carpet

Dropping a candle is never any fun. Read more about how to get candle wax out of your carpet if the worst happens.


Candles are all fun and games until someone knocks one over. This once beautiful smelling container turns into a huge mess and cause of stress. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to easily remove candle wax from your carpet. Here are a few tips.


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Candle Safety

The first thing we should talk about is how to safely burn a candle. Knocking a lit candle over is a fire hazard and can be extremely dangerous when you’re not careful. Let’s go over some of the basics to keep in mind.

  • Don’t ever leave a candle unattended. This is especially true if you are leaving the house at all. Make sure the wick ember isn’t glowing before stepping away.
  • Keep candles away from things that easily catch on fire. This includes drapes, beddings, books, and furniture.
  • Make sure your candle is not in reach for children or pets. This makes them easier to be knocked over by someone who doesn’t know better.
  • Don’t place a candle near a draft or air current. This causes uneven burning and dripping.
  • Don’t try to move a candle while it’s still burning.
  • Keep your candles at least three inches apart from each other.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about removing wax from the carpet.

First Method

For this method, you’ll need a few supplies. Gather a bag of ice, a butter knife, an iron, a paper towel, and a vacuum.

The first step is to remove the excess wax from the carpet. You’ll want to do this as soon as you can before the wax hardens. Places bag of ice on top of the wax for ten minutes. After the wax is frozen, use a butter knife to remove the wax from the carpet.

Try not to cut into the carpet while you remove the pieces of wax. Once the pieces are lifted up, vacuum them up. Next, put a paper towel on the rest of the wax on the carpet. Use your iron on the lowest setting to heat up the wax. Don’t keep the iron still for too long, or else you might burn your carpet.

The paper towel should start to absorb the wax. Keep repeating this step until all of the wax has been removed from the carpet. You can also substitute the iron for a hairdryer if you would prefer. The last step is to clean the carpet with some solution and vacuum it afterward to restore the natural texture.

Second Method

If you don’t have a heating appliance or ice available to you, there is still hope. This method only involves a butter knife and a vacuum. First, wait until the wax is solid and scrape off the wax with the knife. After you have removed the pieces, vacuum up the remnants. This is a simplified version of the first method.

Third Method

If you’re looking for a more natural solution, you can try using vinegar to remove the wax. Dilute white vinegar with some water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the wax and let it sit for half an hour. Put a piece of cloth on the stain to absorb it. If you don’t want to use vinegar, you can also try rubbing alcohol.

What Dissolves Candle Wax?

Candle wax is oil-based, which makes it somewhat difficult to dissolve. If you are looking for a solvent that will do the trick, acetone and isopropyl alcohol are your best bets. These are the only candle dissolving solvents you’ll find around your house. You should also be careful on certain materials with acetone because it can dissolve certain fabrics.

Will Wax Permanently Damage Your Carpet?

The answer depends on how quickly you tend to the spill and what kind of wax it was. If the wax is spilled and no one cleans it up for a few hours, the likelihood of its staining increases drastically. There are some types of wax that stick to the carpet more than others.

The other factor involves whether or not the candle contained dye. This can further complicate the stain and require more cleaning. Some stains are unforgivable and may require you to throw away your carpet and learn to love hardwood.

What If The Wax Contained Dye?

Sometimes colored wax can be more complicated to remove. The stain might seep through the carpet and leave dye spread throughout the area. For this, you’ll need baking soda, vinegar, and a piece of cloth.

First, pour the baking soda on the stained spot of the carpet. Wet it with vinegar to create a chemical reaction. Let the mixture sit there for about 10 minutes. Blot the area with a dry cloth very slowly. Make sure you don’t rub it on the area because this will spread the dye.

Use another piece of cloth to get rid of the excess moisture in the carpet. Vacuum the area to finish off the process. You can also use a method involving hydrogen peroxide, salt, and baking soda. For this method, you’ll need to combine your ingredients in a spray bottle and spray the area. Repeat the blotting process until the stain is gone.

Aftercare For The Carpet

After you’ve removed all the wax and the stain from the carpet, you’ll want to restore it back to its original state. This will involve using a deep cleaner on your carpet and scrubbing it. Do this to the entire carpet so that there is uniformity throughout the carpet’s color and overall appearance.

The last thing to do is go over the carpet with a vacuum to re-fluff it. Carpets that get wet and have been blotted become matted down and will be noticeable to guests. Using a vacuum will restore the texture of the carpet so that no one ever knows you spilled wax on it.

What About Wax On Clothing?

Chances are, if you got wax on your carpet, you might have also spilled some on yourself. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered here too. The process for removing wax from clothes is relatively similar, with a few variances.

The first step is to let the wax dry. Rubbing the wax while it’s still hot will spread it around too much. Scrap off as much wax as you can with a dull knife away from the body. If the knife isn’t dull, you could cut your clothing open and ruin your shirt or pants.

If your clothing is delicate, you may want to use a spoon instead of a knife. Next, use a prewash stain remover to get rid of the lingering wax stain. Then, wash the item of clothing on the hottest setting your washer has. If the clothing is white, use bleach too. Don’t dry the clothing until you are sure the stain is completely gone.

Bottom Line

Spilling wax on the carpet can be a hassle, but Wicksly has your back. But with the right materials and a little bit of patience, you’ll have it cleaned up in no time. Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy life’s luxuries.


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