How you get candle wax out of your carpet?

Isn't it the worst when someone knocks over a candle, and it comes crashing down on your carpet? Now I'm sure we've all had this happen. I know I have. You have a candle burning, and you're enjoying the nice pleasant smell it's giving off and bang...  someone comes along and knocks it... all over your beautiful carpet!!

The feeling of dread takes over... What are you going to do??? How do you get candle wax out of your carpet???

Well, do not fear... I thought I would help us all and research how to try and get it out! I also went on training last week, and the iron method was the one that we went over and learnt all about! However, read this section carefully before trying! Knowing what type of carpet you have will make a difference as you don't want to melt your carpet, yes... you can melt your carpet!

This article will cover how you get candle wax out of your carpet and all the items you may need to do it!

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 to make sure you are aware of the downsides of trying to take candle wax out of your carpet:

  • 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.

  • Ice method:

To start, we must ensure 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; 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.

  • Iron Method

First, before attempting this method, you need to know what your carpet is made from. Polypropylene and most other synthetic fibres will melt easily, whereas natural fibres will withstand more heat. However, ensure 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!

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH. DO NOT USE IRON IN A HIGH-HEAT SETTING! (All capitals are said with love, hahaha)

Place a piece of paper, brown or white, on the wax patch. Slowly and gently apply the iron over the area with the wax, and slowly pull the paper along. You will see the wax transfer to the paper, and it should, like magic, absorb the wax. Don’t let the iron touch the carpet while doing this… always make sure there is paper between the iron and the carpet! Use fresh areas of the paper and move around to repeat with iron, if needed.

  • Carpet Cleaning after doing either of the Methods above!

Next, we use the commercial carpet cleaning solution to attempt to remove any remaining wax and any stain it may have left. Wax can often leave an oily residue, so use a cleaning solution to break down the oil.  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 as possible.

Once the carpet is as dry as you can get it, you can hoover with an upholstery brush attachment to return 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 know. Your local friendly carpet cleaners are always ready and waiting to deliver the most outstanding service to their lovely customers.

Also, I must add that with many of these issues, even a professional can only do so much! They aren’t magicians, but our team likes to be honest with you, and if they don’t feel they can help, they will tell you straight away! You can always give us a call. We’d be happy to try and help. Book your free quote to see what we can do!!


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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 regularly, please see the below article.

What are your Rugs and Carpets hiding from you?

Edited and written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing

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