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 How do I get candle wax from a carpet?

 How do I get candle wax from a carpet?

Now I’m sure we’ve all had this happen. I know I have. The candle gets knocked over, and wax goes everywhere, all over your carpet.

Well, I thought I would help us all and research how to try and get it out.

The most common home trick is to try the freezing method, so this article will cover:

  1. Items you will need to start.
  2. How to remove the wax from your carpet.

So, without further ado, here we go.

1. Items you will need to start.

Here is a little list of items you will need to start my method:

  • Bag of ice and cloth to wrap the bag (this stops the wax from getting wet)
  • Iron.
  • Paper towel or brown bag.
  • Clean white cloth to clean. (maybe more than one to be safe)
  • Commercial Carpet Cleaner.
  • Butter knife (this must be blunt; we don’t want to damage the carpet)
  • Vacuum

2. How to remove the wax from your carpet.

Before I go too far, I want just to make sure you are aware of the downsides:

  • Your carpet could get damaged.
  • Depending on the type of carpet, the stain may not come out.
  • Bright coloured stains won’t be removed without a solvent. (And I don’t recommend using a solvent if you’re not a professional)

My advice is if you’re unsure, please go to your friendly, ready to help professionals.

To start, we must make sure the ice is in a sealed bag and wrapped in a cloth. We don’t want to make the wax wet. Don’t wrap too much either, as the idea is to freeze the wax.

Place the ice on the wax. We do this to make it solid for when we attempt to raise it out of the carpet.

Check the wax. Is it quite hard? Then it’s time to get your butter knife.

With your knife, gently try and remove the wax from the carpet.

You can try to freeze again and repeat, but it’s iron time if that isn’t working.

Make sure your iron is on a very low temperature and never use the steam setting, it’s great for our clothes, but we don’t want to damage the carpet fibres, so please make sure this step isn’t missed. Always on a LOW TEMP and NO STEAM! (All capitals are said with love, hahaha)


Place the paper towel or paper bag on the patch of wax.

Slowly and gently rub the iron over the area with the wax, and it should, like magic, absorb the wax.

Use fresh areas of the paper towel or paper bag and move around to repeat with iron, if needed.

Next, we use the commercial carpet cleaning solution to attempt to remove any remaining wax and any stain it may have left. Again, this may need to be repeated to remove stains.

Blot with a clean white cloth until the stains are lifted.

You have to remove as much moisture from the carpet.

Once the carpet is as dry as you can get it, you can hoover with an upholstery brush attachment to get your carpet back to its usual look and texture.

This freezing method can also be applied to other fabric items, so don’t forget to save this article for reference.

Sadly, if you have used this method and still can’t remove the stain, it may be time to call in the boys that knowYour local friendly carpet cleaners are always ready and waiting to deliver the most outstanding service to their lovely customers. 


Please see our guide on how to care for your carpet and upholstery.

Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing and admin coordinator at Art of Clean.

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please don’t hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901549 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet CleaningUpholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge.

The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only. You should not rely on the information in this article to make your final decision. I hold no responsibility for any damage that may be caused. Seek professional help if you are unsure. 

If you want to see why you should clean your carpets regulary please see below article.

What are your Rugs and Carpets hiding from you?


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