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How to Remove Crayon from Carpeting

You may occasionally find your carpets stained with substances that you didn't even think could get stuck in those fibers. Crayons are not known for melting into carpet, but hot summer days and adventurous artists can make it happen in a heartbeat. Crayons are a combination of color and wax, which means it's best to treat your stain as both a wax stain and an ink stain at the same time. While this sounds complicated, getting crayon out of carpet is fairly simple if you follow a few different methods.

Freeze and scrape

If your crayon has melted into the carpet, make sure it's completely dry before you attempt to remove any part of the residue or stain. To solidify the crayon, simply apply an ice cube to the wax for a few minutes until the crayon is cold all the way through. Then, scrape the solid part of the crayon off of the carpet with a butter knife. Smaller bits and pieces can be scraped up using a fine-toothed comb.


Use heat

Sometimes, using a fine-toothed comb won't catch all the small pieces of crayon stuck in the nap. The easiest way to remove these particles is to heat them up, forcing the wax bits to stick to something else. Place an absorbent paper towel on top of the remaining crayon bits and go over the area with a warm iron. The heat will break down the wax and allow the remaining particles to cling to the absorbent surface of the paper towel, which you can then throw away.


Remove the dye

Even when you remove all the wax, some dye from the crayon may remain in your carpet. Use baking soda, vinegar or dish soap and warm water to gently remove the stains from your carpet. With a little elbow grease, the wax and the color left behind will vanish completely, leaving your carpeting like new.