Introduction: Get Wax Out of Carpet

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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!

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!

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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.

Step 3: Revel in the Miracle You've Just Performed

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And don't tell your boss/Mom/landlord!


jellyrollmorton (author)2017-11-22

Just moved into an apartment. Brand new carpet, but there was still a funky smell in the bedroom closet, so I lit a vanilla candle and let it work for a while. Went to move it to a different location and spilled wax. It was a small spot, but greasy on my brand new carpet.
Luckily I found this. Used paper towels and an iron on "2" setting, and finished up with carpet cleaner.
The spot is gone. Thank you.

AndrewZ43 (author)2017-02-26

As an alternative--if you happen to have a heat gun in your toolbox/garage you can simply warm the wax and dab at it with paper towel/rags once it heats up a little. I would imagine a hair dryer on a high setting might work too, but maybe take a few extra minutes. I just cleaned a fairly large stain this way, took all of 10 minutes. I put the heat gun on a low-medium setting, somewhere in the 350-400' range, on regular household carpet. Big red wax stain on cream carpet--totally gone, and wax had hardened overnight.

Deezle (author)2016-10-06

Thank you !!!! Just spilled 6 oz of wax on my new living room carpet. This method worked amazingly. Easy and Fast.

ChrisM146 (author)2015-10-07

I managed to knock a pillar candle that had been burning for hours (so about a half cup of wax) onto a thick, nubbly cable knit wool carpet. This technique got every bit of wax out. If it works for that it will work for anything.

SB222 (author)ChrisM1462016-08-12

I knocked over a full wax melter on my bedroom carpet. It's green and smells really good, but I can't have wax on my floor, soo

SB222 (author)2016-08-12

I don't have an iron so I'm slowly using my 1" barrel curling iron and it works really well!

PhoenixG5 (author)2016-07-13

Stupid question but how do I know when its gone from melted wax to just a wet spot on my shirt? Dark green shirt with virtually colorless wax (It just had to be sugar cookie!)

nana from fla (author)2016-03-06

I spill wax on my carpet at a place i rent i will try anything to get the wax up only thing i dont hve an iron so im gonna use a poy of boiling water cant hurt but jope it works tho. My fault i need to fix this

Sry suppose to be a pot of hot water nd hope it works out

DonnaW40 (author)2015-12-02

OMG! Thank you thank you thank you! I spilled an entire candle that had been setting on a warmer, you can't even tell it now! I also done the same thing to a spot I covered with furniture 2 YEARS AGO, YOU ARE AWESOME!

TiaJ3 (author)2015-10-22

This worked damp wash rag or towel. So thankful i found this post.

ChrissyO1 (author)2015-09-06

That works so well!!

RhyaE (author)2015-08-04


We tried the paper towel method, no good.

The damp towel and warm iron method worked perfectly! Carpets are brand new! LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED!

JanvierP (author)2015-06-24

Totally worked; I used a washcloth instead of a paper towel. Thanks for the great tips.

MoriahB (author)2015-06-11

This worked SOOOOOO well I mean it took a while but worked perfect!!

MartineC (author)2015-05-06

Thank you so much for this fabulous instruction that works perfectly. The candle wax that spilled onto the carpet in my new house has been completely removed by your technique. Good on you for sharing.

linda.paivarinta.1 (author)2015-02-02

I was changing my scentsy and spilled some wax on my mom's carpet. I remembered something about using an iron to get the wax out but couldn't remember exactly what to do. Good ole Google sent me to your web page and it worked like a charm. Saved me from an ear chewing

heidi.bennetmartin (author)2015-01-31

Being I don't have an iron, I tried the hot water method in a pot. I only used about an half an inch of water in the pot. Boiled it, took one piece of white paper towel, placed it over the wax, and slowly moved the pot back and forth on the paper towel for about 4 seconds at a time. As the wax was absorbed, I moved the paper to a clean spot. VIOLA! It worked like a charm, and no damage to my carpet! Key is to keep the pot moving, don't let it just sit in one spot.

Onean (author)2013-01-12

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!

heidi.bennetmartin (author)Onean2015-01-31

AWESOME idea! I can't find our iron and I was like, now WHAT?

bhoshaw (author)Onean2014-10-15

Terrible advice, this will spill water everywhere and is dangerous.

dawnjohnson34 (author)bhoshaw2014-12-21

Not terrible advice at all, you just need to be careful and make sure you aren't using a lot of water. Take precautions just like everything else :)

dawnjohnson34 (author)Onean2014-12-21

Super inovative! Love it!

KyH (author)2015-01-15

Wow. Could not be happier. Thanks for the tip!!!!!! I was so sad & worried.

rnelson jr. (author)2015-01-01

Omggg thank you!!!

H1pp1eCh1ck (author)2014-12-28

Last night we spilled about 3oz dark green, heavily scented wax on our tan (easily meltable/cheap) carpet. Before we looked this up, we freaked out and vigorously rubbed the melted wax deeper into the carpet. :) Luckily, this morning we tried the wet-towel-hot-iron method and it worked great! Now we don't have to spend $80 more dollars to replace! hehehe Thanks so much!

RobinD1 (author)2014-12-27

My teenagers during the know the ending..and this really all the wax out of low pile carpet! Thanks so much:)

vannoorts (author)2014-09-17

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

dawnjohnson34 (author)vannoorts2014-12-21

Perhaps you didn't read the makeup of the carpet . Bummer

dawnjohnson34 (author)2014-12-21

So effective! I must say we were somewhat shocked! After trying to carry a tray of Christmas candles (to save time) over the 100% wool rug in the dining room. It absorbed the wax completely and didn't take much time at all! Thank you!!!!!

VeraM1 (author)2014-12-17

This works....however, I used a damp cloth with a hot iron and steamed the wax out. It won't burn your carpet and gets the wax out. Thank you for sharing this quick trick to remove wax out of carpet.

kellie.evans.161 (author)2014-12-14

it worked so well! I used a damp white towel! Saved my high end oriental rug!

stebee9 (author)2014-12-12

You are amazing! Spilt was from a candle over the floor in my halls and this just saved my bacon. Thank you!

Mista420 (author)2014-11-01

This post has just saved my life! I wasted maroon colored candle wax on my tan carpet, my brown sofa, and a black area rug. After unsuccesfully trying to find Un-du Candle Wax Remover in local retail stores, I simply googled how to get it out of carpet and I was directed here. I used my iron and a white towel I tore in shreds, and the wax and stains are gone! Thank all you guys sincerely!

mkovtchega (author)2014-09-28

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

frejarichards (author)2014-09-08

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.

spiderstones (author)2014-03-31

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

Thanks again


FitnessFreak999 (author)2014-02-15

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 see man made fibres can handle "wet heat" but cannot stand "dry Heat".

You cannot undo a burn.

Sunbanks (author)2012-10-02

I totally just spilled ALL the wax from my scentsy pot on my carpet.... Time to try this!

NashvilEric (author)2012-07-22

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! ;)

guystock (author)2011-12-25

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?"

zmarriner (author)2011-12-09

Amazing! Saved me and my carpet.

Saskiaguineapigs (author)2011-11-03

i tried this and it burnt my carpet now all the carpet is hard.

fgolly (author)2011-10-29

Yay! It worked. I used a clean old towel on mine though. You can't even tell where the wax was.....awesome!

juliebayless (author)fgolly2011-10-30

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_6 (author)2010-07-24

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.

copycatfilms (author)rcowgirl_62011-10-16

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. :)

copycatfilms (author)2011-10-16

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!

hayleycory (author)2011-08-14

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

violetkitty (author)2011-06-18

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

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