Should I Remove Candle Wax from Carpet with a Paper Bag or Cloth?

It happens to most of us. You accidentally knock over the candle that has been lit for two hours, dumping hot wax all over your thick carpet! Now what? The two most popular methods to remove wax from your carpet when Google searching are (1) the iron and paper bag method or (2) the iron and terry cloth method.

Are you wondering which of these two methods worked better? So were we! Time for an experiment to see which material works better for getting a lot of wax out of a carpet. We asked our residential technicians what method seemed more legit. They suggested the cloth method, hands-down. And what do ya know? We tried both methods, and we definitely found the winner. The best way to remove candle wax from carpet is using a hot iron and clean cloth!

Terry Cloth Method: Results

BEFORE wax dried on carpet  AFTER wax on cloth and clean carpet

Paper Bag Method: Results

BEFORE scraping orange, dry wax from carpet with butter knife  AFTER paper bag and carpet after using iron on paper bag

*the after picture was taken after using two grocery bags! This method did not work well for us.

Ok, so now that you’ve seen the iron with the cloth is much more effective, here are the materials and directions you will need to get that wax out of your carpet.

Materials Needed for Removing Wax

  • Iron

  • Terry Cloth (choose a cloth that you can throw away)

  • A little water

  • Candle Wax Mess (dry wax only)

Steps on How To Remove Wax from Carpet

  1. Heat iron to high. Or on cotton setting if you have that option.
  2. iron set to high cotton setting with arrows where to set it

  3. Scrape off as much wax as you can with a dull knife; then vacuum the wax pieces.
  4. scraping dry candle wax out of carpet

  5. Dampen cloth.
  6. a closeup of damp clean white terry cloth

  7. Fold cloth in half and place directly over dried candle wax.
  8. terry cloth placed right over wax stain on carpet

  9. Place iron over cloth and hold down for 10-30 seconds. (We used the full 30 seconds.)
  10. bird's eye view of hot iron on cloth over carpet

  11. Lift cloth up. Adjust cloth so a new part will soak up more wax. Repeat step 5.
  12. cloth lifted showing was soaked into the cloth and still in carpet

  13. Repeat until all wax is gone.
  14. clean carpet after massive candle wax spill

  15. Tip: *Make sure cotton cloth stays damp (damp meaning not dry and not soaking wet).

What about the Other Candle Wax Stain

Remember what we were left with after the paper bag method?

Here’s a quick reminder:    paper bag and carpet after using iron on paper bag

We waited for the wax to fully harden. Then we used the iron and cloth method (see steps above).

a carpet during process of using iron and cloth to get wax out  clean carpet after the wax spill

*This last image is very close-up. When standing, we could not see any spot.

Still Can’t Get the Wax Out of your Carpet?

If you’ve tried everything and still aren’t happy with the results, please call ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo for help. Keep in mind, it’s much easier for us to clean a mess that hasn’t been tainted with DIY cleaning methods. Sometimes trying to clean a huge mess by yourself causes more damage. Call the experts first! We are highly trained in home carpet cleaning, and we will probably get that stain gone and your carpet back to normal..




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