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how to remove wax from carpet and upholstery

Few things are as relaxing as dining by candlelight.

Fortunately, the remnants of a relaxing night - melted candle wax on your carpet or furniture - can be removed pretty easily, too.

These tips for getting wax out of carpet and upholstery can help get rid of the remnants of candlelight dinners past yourself.

Be patient here. These tips can and do work - but a gentle hand and perseverance are the key to success.

to remove wax from carpet, you'll need:

  • ice cubes;
  • a plastic bag;
  • a spatula or spoon;
  • an iron;
  • a few brown paper bags;
  • dry cleaning fluid;
  • hand dish-washing liquid.

1. put the ice cubes in the plastic bag.

Put the ice cubes in the plastic bag and close tightly to seal. Place the bag of ice on top of the wax drippings. Keep it there until the wax hardens to the touch.

2. gently scrape away frozen wax.

Gently scrape away the frozen wax with a spatula or spoon. It should crack and pop off easily now.

3. place a brown paper bag over the wax.

How to remove wax from carpet and upholstery.Brown paper lunch bags are perfect for absorbing warmed wax from carpet.

Set the iron on low heat. Place a brown paper bag without any writing or designs over the wax. (Ink on bags could transfer to the carpet.)

Press the iron atop the bag for no more than a couple of seconds.

Be sure to keep the iron heat on low so carpet fibers don't get scorched.

4. check your progress.

Look under the bag to confirm that the process is working.

You should find a candle-colored smear of success on the bag, which shows that the candle drippings are being lifted from the carpet. Replace the bags as needed and repeat the process until there's no more transfer of candle drippings to your bag.

5. blot any remaining wax stains with dry cleaning fluid.

Blot any remaining wax stains with dry cleaning fluid sparingly, to prevent damage to carpet backing. Carefully continue blotting until remaining wax is removed from your carpet.

6. remove the dry cleaning fluid from the carpet.

Blot the treated area with a solution of one-quarter teaspoon dishwashing liquid and one cup of warm water. This will remove any traces of cleaning fluids.

7. rinse the treated carpet area.

Now, blot rinse the area to remove any remaining dishwashing liquid carpet cleaner from the carpet fibers. Blot dry.

to remove wax stains from upholstery, you'll need:

  • Ice cubes.
  • Butter knife or plastic knife.
  • A soft cloth.
  • Cream furniture wax.

1. freeze the wax on the upholstery.

Freeze the blight with an ice cube to harden it. Then scrape off the hardened wax with a butter knife.

2. dry and polish.

Dry the treated area with a soft, clean cloth. Finish with an application of furniture cream to return it to its former luster.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the carpet cleaning products and tools you'll need to remove even the toughest stains - safely.



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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.