Don't cry over spilled wax! We can think of many wax spills we've seen that have people picking at the hardened wax long afterward. Even if it's spilled on something as tough as carpet or velvet, though, there's hope for cleaning it up properly. Just give it a try, using this tried and true advice from Apartment Therapy reader, Sisero.
Last night, while vacuuming, my sister knocked over a candle that had been burning for about two hours, spilling hot wax all over my velvet ottoman and the carpet. After trying to pick it out for a half an hour she guiltily fessed up and asked for my help. I turned on the iron to about medium heat, I laid sheets of paper over the wax and ironed over it. The paper soaked up the wax - I had to use quite a big stack of paper to get it all - it even cleaned every ounce of wax from the velvet.
Originally published 11.12.2007 - AA