Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wax on Carpet!!

Hot wax dripped on your carpet, you say? Let's go over some tips to remove that stuff.
  • Allow the wax to dry. It's easier to remove dry wax without making a mess.
  • Freeze it. Put some ice cubes in a plastic bag, then leave it on the area until the wax is as hard as can be.
  • Scrape the excess with a spoon or a dull knife. You probably won't get it all, but that's OK. Just get most of it up if you can. By the way, only use a dull knife; a serrated one could damage the fibers.
  • Spread a damp white cloth over the wax stain. It's worth noting that most people recommend a brown paper bag, but a damp cloth will be helpful...
  • Iron the cloth (or bag). The iron against the damp cloth will produce steam that sucks the wax right up. But a paper bag works fine too.
WARNING! Most modern homes have carpet made from poly-fibers, which will melt at hot temperatures. Keep the iron at a low setting to prevent this from happening.

If the wax is tinted, it may have left an ugly stain on your carpet. If that's the case, try removing it with some rubbing alcohol. If there's still some grease, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot and leave it overnight. Vacuum it up the next morning.

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