Some candle wax was spilt on the carpet near Christmas. Easy to get out, I thought. I consulted the late Martha Gardner's house hold tips books and then one by Shannon Lush. I wasn't particularly impressed with the use of chemicals on the carpet that aren't formulated for carpet. I then consulted the super sized search engine on the super sized information super highway and I found a solution I liked.
It involved putting brown paper over the wax in the carpet and pressing down on the paper with a hot iron. We have plenty of brown paper bags, so I got busy. The instructions said set the iron to its hottest setting and you may need to hold the iron there for up to 30 seconds.
Maybe they don't make brown paper like they used to? I put the hot iron on the brown paper for only 10 seconds, lifted the brown paper and the carpet was scorched in the shape of the base of the iron. Oh my god. What am I to do?
I worked away at the rest of the wax, leaving the iron on the paper for a second or two only and the wax was all removed. I then sprayed the scorched carpet with a chemical carpet cleaner and to my surprise, that helped a lot. Since then it has faded to the point where it is not even worth showing you a photo of scorched bit as it is barely visible and you would never find it without being told.
(This is an exceptionally boring post, even by my standards. What can I do to give a lift? A photo of burning candle? No. Ah, I've got it.)
Now all I have to do is get the wax out of my bed sheets.