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We have had a small accident with some candle wax dripping over
a table on to carpet. I haven't ventured to touching it yet as I
have tried and failed in the past to get hard wax off a pile
Does anyone out there have any secret tricks that work ? The
carpet has quite thick pile and the wax seems very stuck on.
Try covering the designated waxed spot w/newspaper and then
running a hot iron over it- move the newspaper and keep ironing
until you get the mess up- its worked quite well for our wax
mishaps. Good luck!
As the daughter of a parish priest I have spent extensive periods of my
childhood getting wax out of carpets! The best (and gentlest) method we
found was using a warm iron and brown (parcel) paper. Heat the iron on
its lowest setting, unplug and allow to cool, then cover the wax with the
paper and iron over it briefly. The wax should melt a little and transfer to
the paper like a grease spot. Repeat with a new patch of paper until
nothing more transfers. You may be left with a greasy residue on the
carpet but that comes out with carpet cleaner. Good luck.
I've had success with removing candle wax from carpet and
tablecloths by using a warm iron with a piece of paper towel
between iron and wax. break off as much of the wax as you can
with a butter knife and vacuum. then use iron (medium heat?)
with a paper towel in between to slowly melt and lift wax - wax
will stick to paper towel. If there is a lot of wax, it may take
a while and a few sheets of paper towels.
This goes for fabric too: first freeze it - fill a ziplock
baggie with ice and lay it on top of the wax and leave it there
for a while. This gets it really hard so it doesn't smear or run
into the carpet more. Now pull/break/cut/scrape off as much of
the wax as you can. Keep re-freezing it if it gets soft. (For
fabric, actually put the item in the freezer for a few hours.)
Once you have all the wax you can get off the surface, you want
to melt it and soak it up with paper towels or newspaper. Lay
some folded paper towels or other clean absorbent paper over
the wax and blot it with a hot iron, each time
replacing with clean paper. Keep doing that till no more wax
comes up. If the carpet is nylon, test how hot you can get it
before the carpet melts along with the wax! Finally, clean with
soap to get the rest of the wax out.
We had a candle which spilled over to our carpet and we used ice
to chip it away. It worked very well and most of the wax is
gone. You may also want to check the Hints from Heloise website.
One thing that works for clothes, and possibly for carpets, is to
put down a paper towel and iron it on top of the wax spot. Heat
melts wax and capillary action draws it up into paper towel. Low
heat is all you need.
the way I get wax of other surfaces is by freezing the wax.If it's on
a table I take an ice cube and gently rub it over the the wax or if I
don't want the suface to get wet i put the ice cube in a little zip
lock bag.The wax comes right off. Never tried it on a rug.Try
freezing it and picking up the pieces of wax or have a vacum cleaner
ready to go.Good luck!
Ha! I know this one - put down paper towelling, then a real towel
and iron it so that the wax melts and goes into the paper. Also
works for tablecloths etc. May need to have several goes if the
carpet is thick.
Gather the following tools...
* hair dryer
* stack of white absorbant cloths (diapers or paper towels work
1. Soften the wax with the hair dyer and get as much out using
2. Heat iron to med high if your carpet is wool / low if its
synthetic --be very carful with synthetic, you can easily do
3. Place a layer of cloth over wax, and use iron to melt area.
Cloth will absorb melted wax. Repeat this step with clean cloths
until no more wax comes up.
4. Wipe surface of iron clean while it is still warm
I haven't used it, but I notice Undu makes a wax remover now.
In the past I've used wax paper on top of the offending wax on
the carpet and a warm iron on top of that. The wax is attracted
to the wax paper through the heat of the iron.
Hope that helps!
For wax in cloth place brown paper bag over area and then run a hot
iron over that. I thilnk it should work the same with a rug. good luck
Use a hot iron with brown paper to absorb the wax. I've used
ripped-up pieces of brown paper shopping bags to good effect.
Just move to a clean part of the sheet often enough that the iron
doesn't get too waxy. Good luck.
Caution about using an iron on your carpet: if it's a man-made
material, the iron might melt the carpet. Test a small piece first!
Can anyone offer advice about removing melted crayon (black)
from a carpet (white)? According to the box, the crayon is
washable. I'll try just about anything.
too embarassed to sign
Try a product called ''Goo Gone''. You can get it at Walgreen's
and maybe Andronico's and Safeway. It's an oily orange smelling
stuff and it works quite well. I've used it to get out melted
silly putty, crayons, gum and other messes.
You might try layering paper towels over the melted crayon and
then ironing over the towels. The iron will melt the crayon and
the towels will absorb the melted crayon. You may have to
repeat this several times. Good luck.
Look at Crayola's website:
They give fantastic information for stain removal for every type
of crayon and marker from different fabrics and surfaces. We
had accidentally left a red crayon in a pocket and then washed
the clothes in warm or hot water. Red marks on everything! We
followed their advice using WD-40 and dish detergent in the
steps they gave and it worked like a charm. We were amazed.
Crayola has the website above with stain removal tips for all
their products. It's been years (pre-internet!)since I called
them for tips on cleaning my white cotton sweater that got washed
and dried (!) with a crayon.
I sympathize - once we managed to leave crayons in the sun, to
melt on the carpet of a vacation rental! We ended up calling the
800 number on the Crayon box! The solution involved using WD-40.
Apparently there is another method involving piles of paper
towels, and ironing on top, but this doesn't always work for
colored crayons on light carpet. If you go to the crayola.com
website, and click on the crayon marked ''helpful information'',
you can find instructions for removing all kinds of crayons
(regular, glitter, etc) from all kinds of surfaces.
How to remove Regular Crayons from carpet and upholstery:
Dull knife or metal spoon
WD-40. (car part lubricant)
Liquid dishwashing detergent
Small stiff bristle brush
Scrape excess crayon off with a dull-edge knife or metal spoon.
Spray with WD-40 and let stand a few minutes. With a small, stiff
bristle brush work crayon stain and wipe with paper towels.
Respray with WD-40 and apply liquid dishwashing detergent on the
sprayed area; work in with the brush and wipe stain away with a
damp sponge. If stain remains, repeat the procedure. For another
method, apply Energine) cleaning fluid as directed on the
My daughter decided to make happy faces on our large picture
window using two candles as her instruments. We are left with
residue of candle wax that I can't seem to get off. I have
tried windex, baby wipes and even using my fingernail to
scrape. It does seem to respond to the scraping, but there is
so much of it that I honestly don't have the time to sit there
all day and work on it. Not to mention I am a bit concerned
about damaging the glass. I had thought a razor blade or exacto
knife might work, but again don't want to do any harm to the
window. Does anyone have any ideas for me? I was hoping for
some kind of solvent that might break down the wax..... Any
input is much appreciated.
I use single-edged "safety"
razor blades all the time to clean paint off windows so it should
work well with wax. Just make sure they are brand new, with no nicks,
and they won't scratch your windows. Buy the holder for them - under
5 dollars at the hardware store.
Then lay the sharp edge of the razor blade on the glass at a slight angle
and scrape off in a smooth motion, wipe on paper towels, repeat as necessary.
In the past, I have used a blow dryer to melt the wax, and then a paper
towel to wipe it up.
Hope it works for you!
A razor blade won't hurt the glass as long as you keep the whole length
of the edge in contact with the glass (and not just the corner of the
blade). It will be fast and effective. Use a brand new razor blade and
preferably a holder--they are inexpensive at the hardware store.
Newspaper with iron behind it. Be sure the window doesn't start out
really cold. If necessary, give the window a good wiping with a hot wet
cloth first to warm it up (so no cracking with the iron). The hot iron
will melt the wax onto the newspaper. This will still take a little
while, but should be much cleaner/quicker than scraping.
Melt little bits onto the paper, then shift around to fresh pieces of
paper, shifting as often as you feel necessary.
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