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How To Get Rid Of Wax On Carpet

As I am sure you know by now, a wax spill can be one of the most difficult things to get out of carpet. However, if you know a few simple tricks, it does not have to be as hard as it looks.

Once the wax dries, it attaches itself to the carpet fibers and becomes a solid mass. It is at this stage, that you will begin to remove it.

Get Rid Of Hard Wax:

If you do not know how to get rid of wax on carpet, to begin, you need to remove as much of the hard wax as possible. Do not use a sharp bladed instrument, as you do not want to cut or damage the carpet fibers. Use you hands, or if you need something stronger, use an implement with a dull blade. Try to break the wax up and scrape as much as you can from the fibers. When you have completed this step, thoroughly vacuum the area to remove all the loose bits of wax.

For the next step, you will need a clean dry cloth (if necessary, you can use a paper towel). Place the cloth over the wax and run an iron (on the warm setting) over the cloth. This process will cause the wax to liquefy and adhere to the dry cloth. Once this occurs, gently lift the cloth, and if all goes right, the wax should come up with the cloth. (note: if you do not have an iron, a common hair drier can be used instead. Take caution not to hold it too close to the carpet, so that the fibers do not burn). Hopefully, the wax is now out of your carpet.

Now that you know how to get rid of wax on carpet, if the wax you spilled was colored, your problem does not end here. Often times, the coloring agent in the wax may stain your carpet. It is specifically for this reason, that we suggested that you use the iron on the warm setting, instead of high. Heat helps to set stains and hopefully, the warm setting did not let that occur.

Stain Removal:

If you do have a stain, we would recommend that you first try a commercial carpet stain remover. A spray on spot cleaner would probably be your best bet. Follow the instructions on the can and you should be able to blot up the stain in no time. If this does not work, then you may want to try one of the powdered oxygenated cleaners. Most of the time, the manufacturer will suggest that you make a paste out of it and apply it directly on the stain.

Now that you managed to avert disaster and know how to get rid of wax on carpet, you might want to protect yourself from this happening again. Most experts agree, that regular application of a protective agents, such as Scotchgard, will not let the wax (and many other types of stains) stick to the fibers of your carpet and this will save you a lot of aggravation in the long run.

Good luck and post any comments or questions below and we can help.

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