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How Do I Remove Hardened Wax From My Carpets?

Candles are a fun and romantic addition to any home, but as with many things, they are not spill proof and occasionally you might find yourself with a couple random spots of dried wax that you are finding difficult to remove. Well here is A Plus Carpet Cleaning's tip on how you can conquer this stubborn stain.

First you will need:

• A butter knife, plastic knife or a dull blade.

• A handheld vacuum or vacuum with hose attachment

• An Iron

• A clean white cloth, white paper towels or brown PAPER bags

(make sure the brown paper bags have no words printed on them).

• Rubbing alcohol

• A spray bottle with water

• A sponge

• Heavy weight

Now here’s how to remove the wax stain:

Step 1 - Preheat your iron to the lowest setting with NO STEAM.

Step 2 - Using the butter knife or dull blade gentle scrape the hardened wax from the carpet, removing as much       as possible. If the Wax id still soft, use an ice cube to harden and then begin to scrape.

Step 3 - Using your vacuum, remove any loose bits of wax you have just scraped off the carpet.

Step 4 - Take your white cloth, paper towel or brown paper bag and place it over the wax.

Step 5 - Gentle press the tip of your heated iron over the waxy area until it melts and sticks to the cloth, towel or       bag. Move the iron in quick short circular movements as to not scorch the carpet.

Step 6 - Lift the cloth, towel or bag to check how much wax was absorbed.

Step 7 - Repeat Steps 4-6 using only clean sections of your cloth, towel or bag until no more wax remains.

Now after the wax is removed, there is a chance that if it was a colored candle it may have stained your carpet. In order to remove this stain follow the next few steps:

Step 1 - Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain, being careful to not soak the carpet as this can             loosen the glue that holds the fibers together.

Step 2 - Blot the stain with a clean white cloth to remove. Repeat blotting until the stain no longer appears on           your carpet or shows up on the cloth when blotted.

Step 3 - Use a wet sponge to rinse the area.

Step 4 - Blot with a clean towel to dry.

Step 5 - Cover stain with a clean cloth or stack of paper towels and place a heavy weight on top.

Step 6 - Let the carpet dry for several hours to absorb remaining water.

Step 7 - Remove the weights and towels after a few hours to let the area air dry.

Step 8 - Groom your newly cleaned area with your vacuum.

And PRESTO You’re done! Just a couple more tips to make your wax removal process go a bit smoother:

• Try not to let the iron touch the carpet directly to avoid scorching the fibers.

• If there is still wax residue try using a dab of dry-cleaning solvent and blot to remove. Use sparingly so it does     not damage the carpet backing.

• Avoid petroleum candles as they tend to drip more and contain difficult to remove dyes.

• If the wax is on an oriental, silk or antique rug, contact a professional to remove the stain.

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