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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Removing Wax From Carpeting

By James C

Candles do wonders for setting the mood on a romantic night or at a dinner party. But what happens when that wonderful romantic candle gets dumped over? You end up with a mess. Wax is a very difficult stain to remove but is not impossible. Read along and I will tell you how to take care of a wax stain.

First, you need to gather the supplies that you will use. You will need a steam iron, a dull instrument (like a spoon) and several white terry cloth towels. Fill the iron with water and set it on the lowest steam setting. Now take your towels and soak them in water., Wring them out so they are just damp and you are ready to begin wax removal. Before you apply an heat, you want to scrape off as much wax as possible. Be careful not to damage your carpet but get as much as possible.

Now place a damp terry cloth towel on your wax spot. Place the steam iron over the towel being careful not to touch the carpet with the iron. The wax should melt rather quickly so you will not need to leave the iron on more than a few seconds. Keep moving the towel as it becomes filled with melted wax.

Repeat the process until all of the wax has been removed.

Simple process right? Well it is pretty simple. You just need to be careful not to let your iron contact the carpet, not to let your towels dry out and not to leave the iron in one place for too long. If you have a colored candle, you may be in for bad news. You will probably get the wax up but not the dye.

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