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Oh no! Your favorite fall candle was somehow knocked over, dripping wax on your carpet! What do you do? Luckily, the pros at Delta Chem-Dry are here to help with these easy-to-follow steps for removing wax from your carpet. 

Step 1: Collect your Materials  

Make sure you have all the necessary materials in order to tackle the task of removing wax. In order to do so, you will need: 

  • a bag of ice 
  • a towel 
  • a butter knife 
  • an iron 
  • a brown paper bag 
  • carpet cleaner 
  • a second towel
  • a vacuum 

Now that we have gathered our supplies, let’s get started! 

Step 2: Freeze the Wax 

Freezing the wax will stop the wax from further melting into the carpet, and will allow you to remove the wax from the carpet in larger portions at a time.  

Place the bag of ice over the wax, covering it completely. Wait for a few minutes until the wax is as cold as possible. To protect your carpet from getting wet, feel free to use a towel to cover the bag of ice.  

Step 3: Scrape the Wax 

Now that the wax is frozen solid, it is time to scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Use your butter knife to lift the wax, separating it from the carpet. Removing the majority of the wax now will decrease the chances of remaining wax later. Once you have removed as much of the wax as possible it is time to move onto Step 4.  

Step 4: Heat the Wax to Remove 

Now that majority of the wax is gone, we are ready to reheat the wax in order to remove the remnants. Turn your iron on to a low temperature. To protect your carpet fibers from melting, it is crucial that the iron is not too hot! For best results avoid using a steam setting as well. 

Place the brown paper bag over the remaining wax and rub the iron over the brown paper bag. The wax will melt and stick to the brown paper bag, leaving very few remnants on your carpet!  

Step 5: Clean the Carpet

Now the wax should be practically removed from your carpet! There is most likely a mess, so it is best to bring out your carpet cleaning products and second towel. Blot the stain until it is removed from the carpet.  

Step 6: Vacuum the Carpet 

You are almost done! Wait for the carpet to dry completely in order to pick up the most remnants and avoid making your vacuum smell. Lastly, use your vacuum to remove any remaining wax from the carpet. 

Step 7: Seek Professional Assistance  

In order to achieve the best results for removing wax from carpets, seek out a professional carpet cleaning service in the San Fernando area. While DIY methods will help remove the wax, seeking professional care will remove stains and any wax remnants. Call Delta Chem-Dry today to schedule your next carpet cleaning appointment! 

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