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If you’ve ever left your candles unattended and returned later on to find a hardened lump of wax embedded in your carpet then you’ll know how hard it can be to try to remove it.

I figured out quite a simple technique for solving this problem.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. An old towel, dampened
2. An iron (maybe not your favourite iron)

Follow these steps:

  • Place the damp towel over the wax.
  • Turn the iron on and apply it to the towel.
  • Make sure to move the iron constantly so that it doesn’t burn the towel or damage the carpet. Use the iron’s steam continuously. The wax will begin to melt and be absorbed into the towel.
  • You will need to reposition the towel many times so that a fresh area of towel is over the wax. If the towel becomes too saturated with wax it will become harder to absorb more wax.
  • Throughout this process it’s a good idea to lift up the towel to check that you’re not damaging the carpet by applying too much heat. After 3 to 10 minutes of this the wax should be completely removed from the surface of the carpet.

Presto! You’re done!


Posted on 4/3/11 by:  Adrian McGregor