While candles can be a good source of light and help enhance the decors in a room, they can also be a real pain due to the wax melting off on surfaces or worse, landing straight on carpets.

However, every problem has a solution and you can use the steps listed below to get rid of wax out of carpets.

You will need the apparatuses listed below:

  1. A table knife
  2. Several ice cubes
  3. A plastic bag
  4. Vacuum cleaner
  5. Few brown paper bags to cover the spill
  6. An iron
  7. Rubbing alcohol
  8. Few white cloths
  9. Clear household ammonia


Removing the obvious wax: The first step is to use the table knife to scratch up the hard wax from the carpet. Afterward, put a few ice cubes in the plastic bag and place it over the affected area. This will harden the remaining wax and make it easier for you to remove it using the table knife again.


Vacuuming the spot: In this step, use the upholstery attachment (the one with little teeth and rectangular in shape). Make sure to use it in all the possible directions and to the core of the fibers to draw out all the wax possible.


Liquefying the remaining wax: Place the brown paper bags on the affected area and use the iron to its lowest degree without steam. Move the iron gently to and fro keeping a continuous movement. Do this until the wax melts and is discharged into the paper. Stop using the iron while it seeps through the paper and repeats the process until all the wax has been discharged.


Repeating the steps above: There might still be a few melted wax remains which can be hardened by placing the ice cubes in the plastic bag over the area. Use the table knife to scratch it out and vacuum the place again.


Getting rid of the stain: It is quite possible that the candle that you used was a colored one. So despite removing all the wax, there might still be some stains on the carpet. To get rid of the stain, take a piece of white cloth and pour a bit of rubbing alcohol on it. Carefully tap on the stain and do not rub it as this might cause the fibers of the carpet to detach. Keep changing the cloth as the colored stain discharges onto the cloth.


Any more stain remains? If you still see stains on the carpet, it is time to use clear household ammonia. Pour it on a white cloth and open the windows to get rid of the pungent smell. Take the iron and gently move it to and fro over the clean white cloth with the steam on. Wait till the stain is discharged onto the cloth. Repeat the process with new washcloths.


Completing the task: Once you have completed all the steps listed above, take a wet cloth and tap on the area to remove the ammonia from the carpet. Wait till it is dry and vacuum the area as the finishing touch.


As you know, removing the wax from a carpet can be quite painful and troublesome due to its lengthy process. Hence, you can try other alternate options like buying LED candles or colored ones which match the color of your carpet.