So the other day your power went out and you were stuck lighting your house with candles. Great. At least it gave your home a nice romantic glow. However, not only did you miss your favorite television show, one of those dreaded candles dripped hot wax all over your carpet! Now you have an ugly pink stain on your otherwise spotless floor. One way to solve the problem is to get your carpets professionally cleaned again. If this is the case, you should talk to the friendly professionals at Aquamist Carpet Care! However, if you don’t have the time or money to do that yet, never fear! We have some more DIY carpet cleaning tips to the rescue!
One of the best DIY carpet cleaning tricks to get that pesky wax out is to heat it up. To do this you will need an iron, a brown paper bag (or thick white paper), and two cloths. Set one of the cloths beside the wax on your carpet, place the brown paper over the wax, and set your iron on high without steam. Next, place the iron on top of the brown paper. As the wax melts and becomes a liquefied state again (just as it did when it dripped onto your floor), slowly pull the paper away towards the cloth. The paper acts as a means to lift the wax up off of your carpet as the wax is heated up. Therefore, the cloth is a guard so that the wax being lifted will not make its way back onto your carpet.
The more wax that was spilled onto your carpet, the longer it will take you to clean it off; nevertheless, no matter how big the job is, if you take your time and do it properly you will get all of the wax out! When you run out of paper, grab another and start over before your iron touches the carpet.
Remember: NEVER leave your hot iron directly on your carpet! If you do, you can ruin your carpet fibers.
Once the wax has lifted, use a carpet spot cleaner in order to lift any access stains or spots that your eyes may have missed. Spray it on the carpet, and then place a clean towel over the area. Heat the towel with your iron again for a few seconds, just as you heated the brown paper. When you lift your towel, your carpet will be as good as new! What is more, this also works on tiles and other fabrics; keep this tip in mind for wax that drips onto your clothes and kitchen floor.
Now next time your power goes out, or you simply just want a nice romantic dinner by candlelight, mind that you don’t drip wax onto your floor. However, if you do, you can sleep well knowing that the damage isn’t permanent; with a few simple steps you can get your carpet looking and feeling just as it did before!
DIY carpet cleaning tips definitely help with your day-to-day problems; nonetheless, for a healthy home environment and overall aesthetic appeal, don’t forget to get your carpets cleaned on a regular basis! Most carpet manufacturers recommend you clean your carpets every 12-18 months. Doing so may also be mandatory if you want to keep your carpet’s warranty.