Oops! How to deal with candle wax spills and stains.

Carpet emergency advice from Lymington's John Cooper Carpets

spilled candle wax

Aim to catch the spill quickly and in the right way to avoid long-term damage.

Here are some tips from Lymington carpet and flooring experts, John Cooper Carpets.

To remove the wax:

  1. Scrape up excess with a blunt knife or plastic spatula.
  2. Vacuum up the pieces to avoid rubbing the carpet.
  3. Dampen a white cotton towel, fold it in half and place it over the wax.
  4. Press an iron set on “high” over the towel for 10 seconds. The heat will draw the wax out of the carpet and into the towel.
  5. Repeat until the wax is gone (you may have to hold the iron in place for up to 30 seconds). If the towel dries out, rewet it, and if it becomes loaded with wax, grab another one.
  6. DO NOT use paper with the iron as it may overheat and burn the carpet.

To remove the stain:

  1. DO NOT rub the surface of the pile.
  2. Blot with surgical spirit* (available at chemists).
  3. Then use a detergent vinegar solution*, a little at a time. (Mix up one teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens, to half a pint (0.3 litres) of warm water. Then add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar).
  4. Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards and frequently blot with dry cloths.
  5. Spray ‘final rinse solution*’ over the stained area. (Spray bottle containing one-part white vinegar and four parts water).
  6. DO NOT over-soak the stain (try to keep the carpet as dry as possible)
  7. Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture.
  8. Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) or absorbent cloth over the affected area and place a weight, such as a heavy book, on top.
  9. Leave overnight and repeat if necessary

* as recommended by the NCCA (National Carpet Cleaning Association)

Some carpet stains will be more difficult to deal with, but according to the NCCA, the process outlined above should  should help prevent some quite common and expensive DIY stain removal damage. Unfortunately, there can never be a guarantee of complete removal of a stain, but the correct routine will give a professional cleaner, if called in, the best possible chance of success.

You should always test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain and be sure to use detergents at recommended dilution ratios. Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent spotting material not directly onto the carpet or fabric.

Peace of mind for the future

John Cooper Carpets recommend Stainshield, which forms an invisible shield around your carpets and furnishings, making spills and stains easier to remove. It will not affect the colour, feel or texture of even the finest fabrics, while still retaining fire retardant properties. Spillages are mopped up with absorbent tissues or sponge, whilst dried stains are more easily removed. Now with the added protection of Allergyshield, you can rest assured that your home is safe from dust mites, fungal mould and bacteria, and their allergens.

Whether your carpets and soft furnishings are new or about to be professionally cleaned, Stainshield will add years of life to your carpets  and furnishings as well as giving peace of mind over that spilt cup of coffee, candle or glass of wine.

Get in touch with Alan at John Cooper Carpets for more information.

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