Removing Wax from Carpet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Textile car expert Christopher Myers demonstrates how to spot clean a carpet, including how to remove wax from carpet.

    Christopher Myers

    Christopher Myers is the founder and Chairman of the textile care company Christopher’s, Inc. Christopher’s specialty is in the care of maintenance of high-end textiles. Christopher has studied the science and art behind fabric protection and effective cleaning and spot removal since 1992 when he conceived of the idea of a company that could offer true comprehensive long term care of carpets, upholstery and rugs used in or outside of the home. Today, his client list includes the Who’s Who of Washington’s political and business worlds. Christopher has been invited to give textile care presentations to the area’s top designers, whom he considers partners in creating and maintaining the aesthesis of client’s homes. He holds numerous certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration (IICRC) and has become a recognized Senior Textile Inspector.

    Christopher Meyers: Hi! This is Christopher Meyers from Christophers in Merrifield, Virginia.

    Today, we are going to talk about removing wax from carpeting, such as candle wax is stripped on to a carpet. This is an age-old procedure that you probably have heard about it, but its using an iron and brown paper bag to melt the wax and transfer the wax from the carpeting into the paper, and what I have here is just a regular brown paper bag, lunch bag and so what we are going to do is to begin with, is just cut off the bottom and then cut the end or the sides I should say off. So, we have nice flat pieces of paper to work with and let me get rid of these and then we have these left, I have a couple before me.

    So, we want to put our iron on hot as hot as it will go, we want to make sure that the iron is not on the steam function because it will just make the paper wet and it will be pointless then. So, we are going to place the paper on top of the wax spot and we are going to start with the top edge of the paper. So, right here, we are going to take the iron and we are just going to place it right on top of the paper like so, and just in a nice action -- you dont have to press down really hard, but you will see the wax starting to transfer into the paper.

    Now, you dont want to leave the iron on the paper because that will be bad. So, now we are going to move this over and do the same thing. Sometimes we press down with this point, the end of the iron, you can get a little bit more of the wax to melt and transfer, you can see it coming up. So, we are going to move the paper again and continue. Its very straightforward, very easy spot cleaning technique. So, thats a lot of wax we have got into this paper, so now we take another piece of paper and continue the procedure.

    So, if we were to continue, we will continue doing that until you are getting almost all of the wax out, we are going to skip ahead a little bit here. I want to point something out. There are some dark spots here, and these dark spots are probably caused from the wick of the candle that had some ash that was in the wax that dropped here. In fact, I know it is because I saw it.

    So, what we are going to do is we are going to do a spot cleaning on that in addition to the wax removal, which we are just going to apply a detergent to it. We are going to take our clean white absorbent towel and we are going to blot and see if we can remove any of that dark ash.

    Part of the spot cleaning this is an important point here is to know when to stop. So, if after this attempt these dark spots do not come out and I see that they are -- I can still see them, they may blend in so that when its -- the loops are dressed that they -- but if its still visible after the carpet dries then thats the time to call a professional, because they will be able to come out with equipment that you just dont have at home and they will have other things to use to remove those dark spots and any residual wax its in there as well.

    Now, we are going to take our spoon, the rounded edge of a tablespoon and we are going to set up these fibers and thats what I mean by setting them up is to dress them, so push them up so they are in the original position that they were before we started of this pressing down with the iron and with the blotting.

    Thats actually looking pretty good, I can still see a little bit of the dark areas here, and again, this is where the law of diminishing returns comes in. It really wouldnt be prudent for me to go ahead and do this procedure again at this point, if these were still visible after this dried and they are not very visible, its just that I have a lot of bright light here, so I could see them. So, they may not even be visible after it dries, but if they were at this point I would contact a professional, but to finish the procedure we take another clean white absorbent towel and place it on top of the spot and then a heavy object on top of it, a book or it could be actually you can use a spot cleaner or something like that and assist to help with the drying process for the detergent thats in there to wick up into the towel thereby reducing any chance for browning or wringing and things like that.

    For the most part that was a successful wax removal procedure.