When it comes to cleaning carpets, and we mean properly cleaning carpets, most people try to avoid it. The advisement is to steam clean your carpet every 2-3 months to keep it fresh and avoid discolouration from worked in dirt, but beyond that we try not to clean them at all. However sometimes you need to. We’ve all had that moment. We have tea lights or candles on the table for a nice romantic evening in. We knock the table with our foot, or a pet comes running past and the candle teeters in its holder before falling in slow motion. It goes out on the way down which is a relief, but as it hits your beautiful cream carpet it spills wax everywhere. Now you’re left with a dilemma – how do you get that wax stain out of your carpet without ruining it? Here are a few tried and tested methods you could try:
Iron and a Kitchen Towel Method
The oldest and most trusted of the wax removal methods, this is perfect for getting large or small amounts of wax out of any type of carpet. All you need is some kitchen roll and an iron. Heat the iron up the appropriate setting for the fibres of your carpet (cotton, wool etc.). If it’s a polyester carpet it is likely to have a lot of plastic in it, so just going for the highest setting is going to melt your carpet, and that we can’t fix! Now place a sheet of kitchen roll over the stain and press the hot iron onto the towel. Let it sit there for a few seconds and then check the kitchen roll. If it has a lot of wax marks on it already, reposition it or grab another sheet. Repeat these steps until all of the wax has been absorbed by the paper towel. If you’re finding the kitchen roll isn’t working, you can use a damp cloth instead. You might want to spray the area with carpet cleaner after you’re finished to avoid any discolouration as well.
Scrape, Dampen And Spray Method
For this wax removal technique, you will need a butter knife, a spoon, an iron, carpet stain remover and some white cotton towels. First off, heat up the iron to ‘high’. Step one is to scrape any big chunks or loose wax off with the butter knife. Be careful with Berber and loop fibre carpets, as these can fray easily. Once you have scraped off as much as you can, vacuum up the wax and make sure all loose bits are gone. If you end up with fuzz or fray, lightly trim it away with a pair of scissors. Now dampen a white cotton towel, fold in it half and place it over the wax stain. Press the heated iron over it for 10-15 seconds, then remove and check the stain. The heat should draw the wax out of the rug and into the towel. Keep repeating this process until the wax is gone. Make sure your towel stays wet and if it becomes loaded with wax, grab another one. Once the wax is all removed you might notice a discolouration of the area. That’s where your stain remover comes in. Spray the rug with the stain remover and work it deep into the spot with the spoon. Dab off the excess and let it air dry. Lighter coloured carpets may require a few rounds of this to completely remove the stain.
Both of these methods follow the same basic principle – heat the wax with an iron and soak it up with something else. However not everyone has an iron, or has one handy. Luckily there are a few ways around that. You can heat a thin layer of water in a large bottomed metal pan and use that, or you can heat the bottom of a metal spoon with a lighter to get the same effect. This might take you a little longer, but it will achieve the same results. For more tips on getting stubborn stains out of your carpet, or replace a carpet that’s seen a few too many stains in its life, get in touch with our experts for a free consultation – just not by candlelight!