Get Wax Out of Carpet





Introduction: Get Wax Out of Carpet


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

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.

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

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



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    59 Discussions

    My girlfriend drank 2 bottles of prosecco and put her finger in the candle to make a little river of wax down the side, which went all over our carpet. She cried a bit, then we saw this tip and it saved our relationship! Thank you internet.

    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.

    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.


    1 year ago

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

    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.

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    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


    1 year ago

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

    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!)

    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

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    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!


    2 years ago

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


    2 years ago


    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!

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

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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!