How to Remove Wax from the Carpet or Sofa  

Lighting a candle can be really cosy and bring a classy touch to your evening in, but sometimes it can also bring a waxy spill to your sofa or carpet too.

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

Whether you’re having a romantic meal for two or you’re burning some wax melts to freshen up your home if there’s wax involved, it could 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.

The last thing you want when you’re trying to relax is to panic about ruining your carpet or sofa. Knowing how to deal with spilled wax quickly and effectively is key to avoiding this and preserving your relaxing evening. So, let’s take a look at how to get wax out of your carpet and sofa.

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 candle wax with kitchen towel sheets alone. This relies on the fact that wax which is still warm will be a liquid that can be absorbed by the kitchen towel and wiped away without much effort or fuss.

However, if the wax has set in a bit, you’re going to need to try a different method to get rid of the dried wax or wax stains.

 Getting wax out of carpet is fairly easy if you follow these steps:

  • 1) Harden the wax. Unlike many other stains, dry wax can actually be easier to remove than fresh, melted You can speed up the process of drying out and hardening the wax by using ice. Just rub an ice pack or ice cube over the stain until it becomes firm, (but not wet!).
  • 2) Once the wax has hardened, scrape off as much as you can. You can use the back of a butter knife to do this, but be gentle to avoid damaging the carpet pile. Try to get as much of the wax off as you can without using too much force. With the right amount, the wax should simply peel off or flake away without much fuss.
  • 3) An alternative option, or final step to remove residual wax is to 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.

    Before you do this however, keep in mind that some materials can melt together with the wax, and you also don’t want to damage the carpet, so always test your method on a small and discrete area first. Did you drop some wax under a table before spilling it all over the middle of the carpet? Yep? Good. Test on that first. An extra absorbent paper towel is best to get the job done, which makes this a perfect task for Plenty.


Wax spillages can happen anywhere in the house, so keep a roll of Plenty Original in accident-prone rooms.

How to get candle wax off the sofa

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 with molten candle wax, but your relaxing night in front of the TV can  stay stain-free, if you act fast! Here’s how to remove candle wax from a sofa.

  • First, you should try to repeat our candle wax removal technique for carpets. Removing wax from fabric can often be done using this tried and tested method, so it should do the job of removing wax stains from your fabric sofa too.
  • If this doesn’t work, try using a hairdryer instead of an iron. This is a great option if you’re concerned about damaging your beloved Use a low setting on the hairdryer to heat the wax gently, and it’ll start melting. Once the wax has melted enough, lay your Plenty kitchen towel over the stain to absorb the wax and repeat until it’s gone.
  • If there is still a residue or the wax is more stubborn, can can try cleaning it 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, discrete area first to make sure the upholstery doesn’t turn a different colour or become damaged. 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

Whether it’s romantic, platonic, or self-love, there’s always a way for things to get messy – especially when you add candles into the mix. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about the odd bit of candle wax spitting onto your sofas or carpets – as these tips make the mess fast and easy to clean up.

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