Carpet Cleaning Tips

How to Get Wax Out of Carpet

Cleaning any type of wax out of your carpets is a must-know skill in every household. Your rug may end up with wax stains from a candle, a soy or even hair removal wax in a variety of hard-to-predict situations. Removing wax from carpet may seem to be mission impossible. But guess what? In this short article, we will uncover the secret of how to make the ugly wax mess disappear.

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So, if you:

  • Had a party and someone tipped over a candle;
  • Tried to be romantic, lighting some candles but stained you carpet with wax;
  • Dropped the hair removal wax on the floor.

Then read on because this article will help you clean the wax in just a few minutes.

How to get wax out of a carpet using iron

Before you start, you will need the following materials and tools:

  • Butter knife
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Two towels
  • Iron
  • Spoon
  • Carpet cleaning detergent or rubbing alcohol

Here is the proper way to remove candle wax from carpet:

Time needed: 45 minutes.

  1. Scrape the hardened wax.

    Use a butter knife to carefully scrape the dried wax on the carpet.

  2. Vacuum.

    Vacuum the loose particles. If these are any more scraps, repeat with the knife and vacuum again.

  3. Place towel over the stain.

    Get an old damp towel and put it on the affected area.

  4. Iron.

    Take your iron and set it on “low”. Place it over the towel and press it for 10 seconds. If the heat doesn’t transfer the wax from your carpet to the towel, set the iron to medium or high.

  5. Repeat.

    Continue ironing until all of the candle wax is gone. If the towel is no longer damp or it’s covered with the wax, just replace it.
    Note: Be careful not to burn the fibres, especially if you have a synthetic carpet.

  6. Apply carpet cleaning detergent.

    Get a carpet cleaning detergent and apply it on the affected area. Gently rub the solution with a spoon into the fabric and then, dab it with another clean towel until it’s dry.

If you don’t have an iron, you can use a hairdryer instead. Just make sure you are not blowing from too close to avoid damaging the carpet fibres.

Also, we suggest that you avoid using a paper bag as a barrier as it can overheat and burn the carpet. If the wax has scorched your textile floor covering, check out our post on how to can remove burn marks from your carpet.

Of course, if you don’t have the time or you’re afraid that you may damage your carpet, you can always count on Fantastic Services. We offer professional carpet cleaning and stain removal solutions to anyone who would rather leave the job to the experts and get guaranteed results.

How to get wax off carpet with ice

But what if you don’t have an iron in your home? Fortunately for everyone, these days, there are DIY cleaning tricks for everything. If the stain is relatively small, this method can help you get the wax out of your carpet without using any heat. By the way, ice can also be used successfully when you need to figure out how to remove chewing gum from carpet.

Before you start, you need to remember to keep the stain dry and not let it set into the carpet fibres.

You will need some tools and materials that can be found in every household:

  • Ice cubes
  • Plastic bag
  • Dull knife
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Carpet cleaning detergent or rubbing alcohol
  • Two cloths

And now, here is how to get wax out of carpet without using iron:

  1. Put a plastic bag with ice over the stain.
    Fill a plastic bag with some ice cubes and place it over the spot.
    Note: Make sure the bag is not pierced.
  2. Press a bit if you need to.
    The cold will harden the stain while the bag protects it from getting wet.
  3. Scrape the wax.
    Take a dull knife and scrape off the wax from the carpet after making sure that the spot is dry and no longer soft.
  4. Remove the wax
    Carefully get the wax off so that you don’t tear the fibres. Try to get as much of it as you can with the knife.
  5. Vacuum.
    Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any remaining wax chunks.
  6. Apply carpet cleaning detergent.
    If the wax is removed but there is a stain from the dye in the wax, dab the area with a cloth, dipped in some rubbing alcohol. Then, use another cloth to blot as much as you can and leave the treated spot to air dry.
Isopropyl alcohol can break down a variety of household stains that may happen on your carpet. Another relatively common use of it is to clean milk stains from textile floor coverings.

If you are a fan of the natural remedies and want to wash your carpet by yourself, read our post on the topic. You’ll learn how to wash your carpet by yourself and keep it in a presentable condition at all times.

Professional carpet cleaning by Fantastic Services

Well, not everyone feels confident enough to tackle hard-to-remove stains on their carpet by themselves. If you’re one of these people, then, worry not! Fantastic Services specialises exclusively in the most effective carpet cleaning methods. We offer advanced hot water extraction carpet cleaning solutions, as well as professional dry cleaning services for more delicate or bright-coloured carpets.

The Fantastic pros have the expertise to remove stubborn stains by pre-treating them, first, with the right product and then, by employing a high-end carpet cleaning equipment with outstanding results. Just contact us at your convenience and leave the hard work to us!

Learn more about the different carpet cleaning options and see how you can book a service.


So, these were the most common types of wax, which could end up on your carpet. Now, you know how to clean them easily with the help of your household products. Share with us your wax stories and if you have any extra tips that have proven useful in time. If you liked the article send it to your family and friends.

No matter of the cleaning method, remember to always do a small spot test on hidden part of your carpet. Depending on the size, nature, and age of the stain, some of them might be impossible to remove. We cannot take responsibility if any of the above-mentioned methods do not work on your carpets. Read our disclaimer here.

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