Getting the Wax off the Carpet!

Home Stager with Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist

          You have just had the perfect evening with friends over and happy conversations by glowing candlelight. Your guests have departed and you are cleaning up before retiring. The dishes - into the kitchen, the candles -ooops a wax spill on your lovely new carpet.  What to do , what to do????

        Take a brown paper bag - either a lunch bag or a piece of a grocery bag that's big enough to cover the wax. Place the paper bag over the melted wax and use a hot iron (steam off) to rub over the paper bag. The wax will come off automatically and be absorbed into the bag. This method is A LOT easier than the ice cube way.

      My company Re$ale Design & Home Staging also does event planning and we have had many spills by nervous wedding participants on church carpets. The brown bags and iron are packed and ready. We use an old iron for this and a separate one for clothing touch-ups.

       If you ever burn candles this tip may come in handy - spills happen.




                                            photo by FABIOLA MEDEIROS'

Comments (10)

Kathy Knight
Intracoastal Realty Corp - Wilmington, NC

Very good tip Kathleen - had a listing once that had tons of candle wax on the carpet. I was totally loss at what it would take to remove it from the carpet.. now I know....

Nov 28, 2009 12:16 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi, Kathleen!  I've used paper towel and the hot iron before, but the brown paper bag should be a lot better for absorption.  Thanks for the tip!

Nov 28, 2009 12:27 PM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Hi Kathleen,  I've used this tip more than once and it sure does work well.  At many events that I'm doing now I'm trying to use more electrified candles to avoid some of the incidents that can occur.  It's not the same as a flame but a lot more safe and less nerve racking.   

Nov 28, 2009 12:31 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Good tip that definitely works, Kathleen.  Paper towels work well too to absorb the wax.

Nov 28, 2009 01:27 PM
Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hmmm, that's a great trick if it really works.  I'll try it on my window sill with candle residue.

Nov 28, 2009 01:41 PM
Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs

Kathleen ~ Thanks for sharing this. I spilled wax this weekend with all the company for Thanksgiving and haven't gotten it cleaned up yet.

Nov 28, 2009 02:38 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Thanks-I bookmarked this-nice tip.

Nov 28, 2009 03:14 PM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


A great tip for all of us candle lovers...accidents do happen and it's nice to have a quick solution to this common problem.  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 28, 2009 06:27 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Thanks   I'll ad this to my bag of tricks

Nov 29, 2009 02:33 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

This is a great tip.  I am going to use this for a re-blog because you know this happens all the time and people never know what to do.  Thanks Kathleen!

Nov 29, 2009 08:14 AM