It does not matter how you got here, but you are here. Candle wax has spilled all over your brand new flooring and you are in a panic. Remain calm, because we have an easy guide on how to correctly remove candle wax from hardwood and carpet flooring. Let’s take a look!
1. Carpet Floors:
Step One: Loosen the harden wax with a butter knife. Make sure to be extremely gentle to prevent snagging of the carpet.
Step Two: The leftover wax can be taken off with an iron and a white cotton towel. Make sure that you use a white towel; other colors can bleed onto the carpet. Place the white towel on top of the wax and the iron on top of the towel. Let the iron sit on the towel for approximately 10 seconds. The heat from the iron should draw the wax out of the carpet. Keep repeating this exercise until the majority of the wax is removed from the carpet.
Pro-Tip: The iron’s heat can damage your carpet’s fibers. Make sure that you NEVER place the iron directly on your carpet. Always place a white cotton towel between your iron and carpet to ensure a safe heat transfer.
Step Three: Lastly, create a mixture with a 1/4 teaspoon of clear, gentle (no dye) dish detergent with one cup of warm water. Gently blot the area with a white towel that has been soaked in the mixture. Make sure not to scrub or rub the area. Place white paper towels down on top of the dampened area. Place a heavy object on top of the paper towels then let it sit for a couple of hours.
2. Hardwood Floors:
Step One: Take a plastic object to gently scrape the wax off of the area (a credit card or ruler will do the trick).
Step Two: Place an ice cube on top of the wax.
Step Three: Try scraping the wax off with your plastic object again and repeat until all the wax is removed.
Step Four: Dry the area to prevent water damage on your hardwood floors.
** We always encourage consumers to check their flooring manufacturer’s site for specific guidelines.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to call us.