There’s nothing worse than when your favorite candle drips its beautiful wax on your carpet. Okay, so that’s clearly hyperbole, but that doesn’t make it any easier to remove the wax from your carpet completely. Lucky for you, the Bellingham carpet stain removal experts here at John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County put together some easy-to-follow steps to help you out.
Step 1: Make sure you have all of the necessary materials
To properly remove the wax, you’ll need to get some materials. These materials include:
- a bag of ice
- a towel
- a butter knife
- an iron
- a brown paper bag
- carpet cleaner
- a second towel
- a vacuum
Once you have these supplies, you’re ready to get started!
Step 2: Solidify or freeze the wax
You need to stop the wax from melting deeper into your carpet. That means making it solid again by freezing it. Hence the need for a bag of ice above.
Place the bag of ice over the wax, covering it completely. Wait for a few minutes until the wax is as cold as possible. To protect your carpet from getting wet, feel free to use a towel to cover the bag of ice.
Step 3: Start scraping it out
The next step is taking out the now solid mass of wax. Use your butter knife to lift the wax, separating it from the carpet. You probably won’t be able to remove all of it right now, but you will be able to remove the majority of the wax. IT’s really up to you when to stop scraping, and when to start step 4.
Step 4: Heat it back up
Once you’ve scraped off enough wax, you need to pull out your iron to start removing what’s leftover with some heat. Turn your iron on to a low temperature. To protect your carpet fibers from melting, it is crucial that the iron is not too hot! For best results avoid using a steam setting as well.
Now place the brown paper bag over the hot wax to allow it to melt onto the bag and not back into the carpet fibers.
Step 5: Clean up the carpet
All of the wax should be out by this point, but that doesn’t mean you’re done. There is most likely going to be some mess left over, so it is best to bring out your carpet cleaning products and second towel. Blot out any lingering stain until it is removed from the carpet.
Step 6: Pull out the old vacuum cleaner
Finish up the job by using your vacuum cleaner. This will make the carpet look nice and fresh again while removing any lingering wax that might be too small for you to see right now. Make sure the carpet is dry before you start vacuuming.
Step 7: Use a professional carpet stain removal service
The truth is, DIY stain removal is always going to be harder than it seems. Trust us, even as a professional service who loves obliterating stains, it can get challenging really fast because no two stains are the exact same. Seeking professional carpet cleaning and stain removal services will all but guarantees a successful wax removal.
With more than 25 years of experience in the carpet cleaning industry, you can trust the team here at John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County to properly remove your wax stain. Our motto is if we can’t get it out then nobody can. Give us a call today at (360) 734-3551 to get started.