How to remove dried wax from the carpet and sofa

Lighting a candle can bring a classy touch to your evening, but sometimes it brings a waxy spill to your sofa too

A hand-made candle and bouquet of roses on a table

Maybe you’re having a romantic meal for two. Or maybe you’re burning some wax melts to freshen up your home. Whatever you’re doing, if there’s wax melting, it will end up drip-drip-dripping all over the sofa or carpet. And as much as you were enjoying yourself – that’s not what a ‘seal of approval’ means… 

Here’s how to remove candle wax stains from carpets or sofas, so you can get back to enjoying those magical moments – over a candlelit dinner or a relaxing spa evening for two – without worrying when spewing dribbles of wax will interrupt. Because they will interrupt. 

How to remove wax from carpets

If you’ve jumped up from dinner or scrambled off the sofa quickly enough then you may be able to remove wax with kitchen towel sheets alone. If the wax has set in a bit, you’re going to need to try a different method to get rid of the wax stains. Carpet stains made by candles are actually fairly easy to remove if you follow these steps: 

  1. Harden the wax. Unlike many other stains, dry wax can actually be easier to remove than fresh, wet wax. Ice can help you remove wax from carpets by hardening the stain. Just rub an ice pack over the stain until the stain is firm, (but not wet).
  2. Scrape off as much as you can. Use the back of a butter knife and be gentle to avoid damaging the carpet pile. Try to get as much of the wax off as you can.
  3. Iron the stain. Yep, you read that correctly. The final step to remove wax with kitchen towel is to melt the wax back to a liquid-y state and let the paper tissue absorb it. Remember, some materials can melt together with the wax, so always test your method on a small and discrete area first – did you drop some wax under a table before splurging it all over the middle of the carpet? Yep? Good. Test on that. You’ll need a strong paper towel to get the job done, so place a sheet of kitchen towel over the stain and iron. 


Wax spillages can happen anywhere in the house, so keep a roll of Plenty The Stylish One in accident-prone rooms. The handy sheets of strong and absorbent kitchen paper come in beautiful designs to suit any interior.

How to remove wax from sofas

Thought it was going to be difficult to rid your carpets of wax stains? Sofas could strike a similar fear if they come into contact molten candle wax, but your relaxing night in front of the TV can still be stain-free! Here’s how to remove wax stains from sofas and furniture. 

  • Repeat our candle wax removal technique for carpets. This is a tried and tested method, so it’ll do the job of removing wax stains from your fabric sofa.  
  • Try using a hairdryer instead of an iron. This is a great option if you’re concerned about damaging your sofa. Use a low setting on the hairdryer to heat the wax gently and it’ll start melting. And it’s probably not worth trying to scoop the wax back into your candle so go ahead and lay your Plenty kitchen towel over the stain to absorb the wax and repeat until it’s gone.
  • Clean with liquid detergent. If you’ve only spilt a bit of wax (well done, someone else reading this wishes they were you right now) you could use liquid detergent. As with any cleaning solution, test your detergent on a small area first to make sure the upholstery doesn’t turn a different colour or something. Then apply a small amount to the stain and dab with a cloth or tissue. ‘Rinse’ by dabbing the area with a paper towel dipped in plain water. 

Whether it’s romantic, platonic, or self-love, there’s always a way for things to get messy – especially when you add candles into it. So, don’t worry about the odd bit of candle wax spitting across the room onto your sofas or carpets – turns out it’s easy to clean up and the moment was definitely worth the mess! 

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