san francisco wax stain removalIt actually happens more often than you’d think initially. A person lights a candle to freshen up the smell of your home and you accidentally drip wax all over the carpet. You look up a DIY solution that only ends up making the problem worse. If only you would have followed the San Francisco carpet cleaning experts here at North American Chem-Dry. Lucky for you, it might not be too late. Check out our solution for removing a wax stain from the carpet.

1 – Gather Materials

You need to get certain ingredients in order to properly remove the wax completely. Each of these things can be found in the average San Francisco home.

  • a bag of ice 
  • a towel 
  • a butter knife 
  • an iron 
  • a brown paper bag 
  • carpet cleaner 
  • a second towel
  • a vacuum 

Once you have everything gathered together, it’s time to actually get started.

2 – Get the Wax Good & Frozen

See the problem with hot wax is that it’s very liquidy. You need to take the wax from that liquid to a solid-state. The best and fastest way to do that is by freezing the wax.

Place the bag of ice over the wax, covering it completely. Wait for a few minutes until the wax is as cold as possible. To protect your carpet from getting wet, feel free to use a towel to cover the bag of ice.  

3 – Start Scraping the Wax 

Once you have the wax solidified, you need to start scraping it off of the carpet fibers. This is where the butter knife comes in. The main point of scraping is to remove as much as you can because removing the majority of the wax now, will decrease the chances of remaining wax later. Once you feel good about the amount of wax you’ve removed, you’re ready to advance onto Step 4.  

4 – Heat Up the Wax Again

Now that majority of the wax is gone, we are ready to reheat the wax in order to remove the remnants. Turn your iron on to a low temperature. It’s important to remember that you can actually melt the carpet fibers so you need to be extra careful during this step. It is crucial that the iron is not too hot! For best results avoid using a steam setting as well.  

Place the brown paper bag over the remaining wax and rub the iron over the brown paper bag. The wax will melt and stick to the brown paper bag, leaving very few remnants on your carpet!  

5 – Clean Up the Carpet 

Now that the wax remnants are removed, you’re probably going to notice a bit of a mess. Bust out your cleaning equipment and second towel to start blotting out the remaining stain.

6 – Start Vacuuming

Once your carpet is dried, you should get out of the vacuum and start sucking up debris. You’re almost done but there is one last step and it is absolutely crucial to follow.

7 – Bring in a Professional Carpet Cleaner

Carpet stains really are almost impossible to remove on your own, even with a killer process like the one we shared here. That’s why it’s crucial to find a good carpet cleaning service like the team here at North American Chem-Dry. We have been deep cleaning carpets in the San Francisco, CA area for years. Needless to say, we know how to remove wax stains and virtually any other kind of stain from carpet. Give us a call today.