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You spilled some wax, and it's not even your carpet. Whether from burning candles or making your own lip balm, getting wax on the rug is a major bummer. Plus it means someone's going to be pretty ticked at you, and you definitely won't be getting your deposit back.

Maybe you've tried scraping, soaking, or even cutting out the offending wax stain. But I'm here to show you a much faster, simpler, gentler way to treat your wax-soaked fibers.

And yeah, this works with your clothes too!

 
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Step 1: Gather your Weapons

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To tackle this wax, we need some serious artillery!

  • Paper towel
  • Iron

Well, that's it actually.

Step 2: Remove that Blotch!

You've probably figured out the rest by now!

But if you're need some help piecing it together, don't worry! That's why I'm here.

Heat your iron to an appropriate setting for the fibers of your carpet.
If you're in an industrial space, it's probably got a lot of polyester or plastic or some such thing in it, and the highest setting is going to melt those fibers! (Don't worry Eric, I totally didn't do that . . . It's fine. Really. Just trust me!) So set it as high as it can go without doing more damage!

Place your paper towel over the offending stain, and apply the iron to the towel. Let it sit for a few seconds, and check out the towel. If you've got a bunch of wax marks on the towel already, reposition it.

Repeat these steps until all of the wax has been absorbed by your paper towel.
Onean1 year ago
Don't have an iron? I found using the bottom of a large-ish pot of water, taken off the stove just around the boiling point, to work just as well! Thanks for the guide scoochmaroo!
bhoshaw Onean9 days ago
Terrible advice, this will spill water everywhere and is dangerous.
mkovtchega25 days ago

Wow it worked like magic!!! Thanks for sharing this technique !

vannoorts1 month ago

this didn't work I now have a burn to the carpet the paper towel

This worked GREAT. I only had a little wax spill so it worked within seconds. Thank you so much! Saved me a bunch of time scraping it off with a fork, which is my usual method.

spiderstones6 months ago

Hey, that really worked with iron and paper towels........my wife had wax every where but now. Gone thanks to you girl. Appreciate it.

Thanks again

Spiderstones.

ditch the paper towel and use a dampened or moist white cloth or terry towel... works just the same without destroying unidentified fibres such as polyprop or nylon....you see man made fibres can handle "wet heat" but cannot stand "dry Heat".

You cannot undo a burn.

Sunbanks2 years ago
I totally just spilled ALL the wax from my scentsy pot on my carpet.... Time to try this!
NashvilEric2 years ago
My partner and I were in a mad rush with the last batch of lip balm, and let me tell you, honey, all that hot business went everywhere! and when I say everywhere, oh man, you should have seen it!

All I have to say is that your instructable was just what the doctor ordered! This way, Crystal will never know what went down on the carpets! ;)
Lol @ Boss/Mom/Landlord!
guystock2 years ago
This really really works. Takes some time and some paper towels. I found that rocking the iron and pressing down as you do it. And keep repeating until the paper towel comes up clean with no wax color! I would never have guessed that this would work. When I hollored to my wife....iron and paper towel, she said "say what?"
zmarriner2 years ago
Amazing! Saved me and my carpet.
i tried this and it burnt my carpet now all the carpet is hard.
fgolly2 years ago
Yay! It worked. I used a clean old towel on mine though. You can't even tell where the wax was.....awesome!
This worked IN PART on our carpet, but ours is a deeper pile (about an inch thick) so I think there was just too much wax too deep down to get it all out this way. I finally poured some boiling water over the waxy part and quickly blotted it up with an old towel. That worked great; can't see any more wax, or feel it. I was worried the boiling water might fuse the carpet fibers, but it didn't. Still, I'm thinking it was good to at least start with the paper towel/iron method, since it was a pretty heavy wax spill.
rcowgirl_64 years ago
Works good but be careful because the heat ruins the backing of the carpet. Use a plain old ice cube and pull it off. Rub wax with ice cube and pick up chunk of wax, boom done. Works good to get gum out of stuff too.
I let the wax completely harden on my carpet and tried to pick it out. It DID NOT WORK at all. I couldn't pick out anything. Ironing on low with a paper towel is the way to go. You might be onto something re: gum though. :)
Thank you thank you!! I spilled a lot of wax on the carpet of my apartment that I'm about to move out of and I thought there was no saving it. Two really large 3D chunks of wax -- about 5 paper towels later they were completely gone! Amazed. Thanks for the tip about the fibers too. My carpet looks a lot like the one in the picture & I set my travel iron to "blends" which is pretty close to "low" on the dial and it worked perfect. Thanks again!
hayleycory3 years ago
This was awesome !! Worked perfectly .... you just have to keep ironing it on new bits of kitchen towel until the wax doesnt come through the paper anymore ... thanks for the tip .. super easy and now we'll get our bond back x x
violetkitty3 years ago
i did this and it was a lot of wax cause i had one of those jar warmers and i spilt it and it was all over the carpet and the furnature but thankfully to you i got it out but i destroyed my moms iron but oh well
Yes, warmth and paper towel are simply the best for this. Scrape off what you can, then iron or blow-dry with towel. If you are still struggling, wax gets weak and crumbly with ammonia. After confirming that your subject can handle ammonia on a less visible part, you can get the last bits off with it. Windex has a little ammonia, and I prefer it. Household ammonia works better - but the fumes are nast, and it does a number on unprotected hands.


sync324 years ago
this ible just saved me a ton, i dropped a green candle onto my deep pile carpet, after 2 weeks of scrubbing with all kinds of carpet cleaner this trick just fixed everything in 10 minutes
big-jamie4 years ago
ive got and had wax on a camping chair for about 6 months now, and this may have just saved my chair lol
midnite764 years ago
you have just saved my life!!!!   got wax on my deep pile carpet, it was a huge patch.....then you came to my rescue!!!!     "A BIG THANK YOU"   ;o)
lemonie5 years ago
It's a classic. How many sheets of paper did it take? L
scoochmaroo (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Just one!
Top! My instructable was on a totally different level, as the wax has really soaked-in, not "surface" at all. 1 sheet is good going. L
scoochmaroo (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Yeah, I saw yours was the only one we had. It looked pretty intense!