How to Remove Wax from Carpeting

Carpeting isn’t cheap.  So if you’ve ever had the displeasure of spilling candle wax on it, then you may have found yourself asking “what’s the best way to remove wax from carpet?” In this Fix-It-In 15:00 video, Lou has a frugal and effective way to deal with the problem yourself.

A word about carpets… most carpets found in homes today are made of nylon.  It’s popular because of its durability, ability to hold its shape and affordability.  If taken care of, nylon carpets have been known to last for almost 20 years!  All the more reason to take the time to deal with any spills that might occur.

Heat and steam are the dynamic duo you’ll need to remove wax from your carpet.  But there are a few things you’ll need to consider as you go through the process, in particular how to avoid damaging the carpet further and possibly permanently.

  • Before you get started, be sure to grab those safety glasses
  • Grab your clothes iron and turn it to a medium heat setting, but leave the steam off
  • Place a brown paper bag over the area to be treated and gently apply pressure with the iron, using a circular motion… the concept is that the paper will actually absorb the wax from the carpet, but just be sure to keep the iron moving to avoid burning the carpet
  • Once the wax is melted away, remove the paper and turn the iron to the steam setting
  • Using a clean rag or microfiber cloth, repeat the same motion of applying pressure with the iron
  • Let the spot dry and you should be all set

Carpeting isn’t cheap.  So if you’ve ever had the displeasure of spilling candle wax on it, then you may have found yourself asking “what’s the best way to remove wax from carpet?” In this Fix-It-In 15:00 video, Lou has a frugal and effective way to deal with the problem yourself.

A word about carpets… most carpets found in homes today are made of nylon.  It’s popular because of its durability, ability to hold its shape and affordability.  If taken care of, nylon carpets have been known to last for almost 20 years!  All the more reason to take the time to deal with any spills that might occur.

Heat and steam are the dynamic duo you’ll need to remove wax from your carpet.  But there are a few things you’ll need to consider as you go through the process, in particular how to avoid damaging the carpet further and possibly permanently.

  • Before you get started, be sure to grab those safety glasses
  • Grab your clothes iron and turn it to a medium heat setting, but leave the steam off
  • Place a brown paper bag over the area to be treated and gently apply pressure with the iron, using a circular motion… the concept is that the paper will actually absorb the wax from the carpet, but just be sure to keep the iron moving to avoid burning the carpet
  • Once the wax is melted away, remove the paper and turn the iron to the steam setting
  • Using a clean rag or microfiber cloth, repeat the same motion of applying pressure with the iron
  • Let the spot dry and you should be all set