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How to Remove Wax from Carpet

How to remove wax from carpet

The methods employed to tackle a wax stain will depend on where the stain originated. Drippings from a white candle will need to be treated slightly differently than a red color crayon. Try these tips to save your carpet.

General Stain Removal Tips

If your wax contains inks or dyes, it is important that you gently blot at the stain during your removal attempts.  Harsh scrubbing can cause the stain to become further entrenched in the fibers, and the motion may cause the carpet fibers to unravel.  Work all stains from the outer edge to the interior to discourage spreading.

Wax Removal

Wax is easier to remove if hardened.  Fill a freezer bag with ice and set on the stain until the wax freezes.  With a butter knife, gently scrape at the pieces. Vacuum.

Dye Removal

There are a variety of products that you can try to remove wax stains from the carpet.  Just be sure to test any product in an inconspicuous area before applying it directly to your carpet.

WD-40: Spray directly on the stain and let sit for a few minutes. Use a white absorbent cloth to blot at the stain. If it doesn’t lift the first time, spray with WD-40 again this time adding a few drops of dish washing liquid.  Blot at the stain with a damp sponge.

Degreaser: Use any product containing grease solvents such as petroleum naphtha or trichloroethylene such as dry cleaning fluid or spot removers.

Lacquer thinner: If all else fails try dabbing a small amount of lacquer thinner on the stain.

 

Resources

“carpet.” Utah State University Extension – extension.usu.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2010. http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/pub__731746.htm.

“Crayola Stain Removal Tips.” Official Crayola Site – Free coloring pages, crafts, lesson plans, games and more. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2010. http://www.crayola.com/canwehelp/staintips/index.cfm?n_id=32.

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