Thursday, December 4, 2014

Removing Wax Stains

Skill Level: Beginner
Skills Attained: Removing Wax Stains
Supplies: 
  • Iron
  • Paper Bag (or Craft Paper)
  • Butter Knife
  • Carpet Cleaner or Carpet Stain Remover & Brush

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! That is the essence of this post where I will show you how to remove a wax stain. My mischievous three year old son decided he needed to climb a bookshelf to blow out a candle. Needless to say, the bookshelf toppled over (thankfully not hurting my children) resulting in a broken tea set as well as green wax on my carpet and furniture. So, I'm turning this unfortunate situation into a learning experience for us all. Let's hope you don't have this problem on your hands in the future, but if you do, you'll now be prepared! 

Here's a picture of the disaster area and the problem at hand. 



Before diving into this task, let the wax harden. Then, take a butter knife and try to scrape off any large pieces of wax. 

 

Heat the iron and lay the paper bag over the spot. Rub the hot iron over the spot on top of the paper bag. This is a bit labor intensive. I spent about 20 or 30 minutes on this step. DO NOT lay the hot iron directly on the wax. You will only make matters worse and ruin your iron. I also tried using a rag rather than the paper bag. The paper bag worked much, MUCH better than the cloth, because the bag was able to absorb more of the oils from the wax. 


Depending on the color of carpet and wax, you may not need to do additional cleaning. I wasn't able to get the entire stain out using this method. So, I took a carpet cleaner to the area, and the stain is completely gone! 



Have you ever had to remove wax stains? Any other tips worth trying?