How to Remove Candle Wax From Carpet

How to Remove Candle Wax From Carpet
Wax (Candle and/or Paraffin)

  • On nylon carpet only place a white towel on the area. Heat an iron to medium and set on the towel for thirty seconds. Move the towel as needed. CAUTION: This procedure can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.


  • If unable to use the above hot iron technique blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with odorless mineral spirits or alcohol on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1 teaspoon maximum of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.


  • If you are unsure of the type of carpet you have, or if you would like a professional to remove the wax, then call us at (509) 582-9121.

Remember to pre-test any cleaning solutions in a inconspicuous area to check for bleaching or damage to the fibers.

About the Author:

Graduated from Washington State University in 2005 with BA in Business Administration. Kevin has owned Continental Carpet Cleaning and Restoration for over 12 years, with the previous owner starting it in 1980. Since 2005, Kevin has cleaned over 15,000 homes, and has completed hundreds of water damage restoration jobs. He is an experienced veteran in the industry and has helped develop and improve Continental over the years.