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CHEM-DRY OF STROMSBURG» About Chem-Dry» Valentine's Day Clean-Up Tips

Valentine's Day Clean-Up Tips

Valentine’s Day Candle Wax Tips


We here at Chem-Dry of Stromsburg are getting set for Valentine’s Day celebrations. One of the marks of a successful Valentine’s Day is some romantic candlelight. We understand that sometimes with candles comes a giant mess left to clean up the day after. Candle wax can be a tricky thing to clean out of carpet without the proper advice. Don’t fret, however. We have your back with some helpful hints and tips to get that mess out of your carpet to make it look brand new.

Things You Will Need

- Ice

- Waterproof Ziploc Bag

- Dull Knife

- Paper bag or Clean White Cloth

- Cleaning Cloths/Towels

- An Iron

- Carpet Cleaning Solution (optional)


  1. When the spill first occurs, try to act quickly, as timely clean up of the initial spill makes the whole process run much smoother and easier.
  2. Fill the waterproof Ziploc bag with ice. What we are trying to accomplish here is to freeze the wax so you can start scraping up the easy larger pieces. It’s vitally important that the candle wax is not getting wet from condensation or water leaking from the bag. Moisture can potentially make the stain a lot more of a pain to remove, so please use caution here.
  3. Now take that dull knife and scrape the candle wax off to the best of your ability.
  4. For this step, you can use either a brown paper bag or a clean white cloth. Spread whichever material you choose over the stained area. Make sure that the iron is plugged in and warmed up. However, be sure that the iron is on a low temperature so that no fibers on the carpet are singed.
  5. Begin running the iron over the affected area. As you iron over the candle wax it will start to melt, and should gradually transfer to the warmer surface (which will be the brown paper bag or clean towel). You may have to repeat this step a couple times, and always use a clean, fresh paper bag or towel each time.
  6. After the majority of the wax has been removed, there still might be traces of wax left. These small bits are very easy to clean up. Simply take a hot, damp clean cloth and vigorously rub the leftover stained area. If this doesn’t do the trick, try using a store bought carpet cleaner over the stained area

These simple steps should help you get rid of that pesky wax stain and also teach you how to clean up next time any wax gets spilled onto your carpet.


*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.

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