Different types of makeup will respond to different type of cleaning solutions, and successful removal is dependent on knowing which solution works best for the type of stain you have.
What you will need
- Cleaning Solution: (safe for all carpet types, but be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous place for colorfastness)
- Lipstick: Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl), or paint remover and then dry cleaning fluid (this is safe for wool)
- Mascara and Eye-liner: ¼ quarter teaspoon of Dawn or Joy dishwashing soap mixed with 1 cup of warm water
- Liquid Foundation: 3 % hydrogen peroxide solution or non-flammable dry-cleaning solution (such as K2 spot remover or Afta)
- Blush, Eye Shadow or Powdered Foundation (non-oil based): 5-6 drops of mild laundry detergent mixed with 1 cup of cold water
- Nail Polish: Non-acetone nail polish remover with no color or fragrance (test remover on hidden spot to be sure it doesn’t lift carpet color or “melt” fibers)
- White wash cloth (Avoid using wash clothes or towels with colors or prints as the dye may bleed into the carpet, making for another difficult stain.)
- White paper towels
- Spray bottle with clean water
- Plastic Spoon
How to Remove the Stain
- Remove any excess or caked-on makeup with a cloth or plastic spoon, being careful not to rub or grind the stain into the fiber.
- Pour a small amount of cleaning solution onto the wash cloth, making sure it is damp, but not saturated.
- Test a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet with the cleaning solution prior to treating the stain to make sure your carpet tolerates the solution well.
- Blot the stain with the cleaning solution using a firm lifting motion. DO NOT rub as this may drive the stain deeper into the carpet.
- Repeat until stain is removed or no more color is lifted off on the cloth.
- For liquid foundation that has been allowed to dry into the fibers of the carpet, it may be necessary to allow the hydrogen peroxide solution to sit on the stain for an hour or more in order to loosen the stain prior to removal. To do this, apply the hydrogen peroxide to the cloth and allow damped cloth to sit directly on the stain.
- If you are using a dry-cleaning solution instead, make sure you read and follow all directions and warnings on the product before using.
- Spray the area lightly with clean water from the spray bottle to rinse.
- Blot with a clean white cloth to remove any remaining residue.
- Place a few squares of paper towel on the wet spot and weigh it down with a book or other heavy item.
- Let this sit for a few hours to absorb any excess water.
- Remove weight and towels and allow area to air-dry.
- When area is completely dry, vacuum thoroughly to restore texture and remove any remaining residue.
Additional Tips and Hints
- Other Nail Polish Removal Methods
- Spray with hairspray and blot to remove stain
- Mix 1 T. Ammonia with 1.4 c. hydrogen peroxide, saturate stain and cover with plastic wrap, set heavy weight on top of plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. In the morning, just rinse with water! (do not use ammonia on natural fiber carpets)
- For wool carpets, use dry cleaning solvent, blot, rinse with water, and blot to dry
- Additional Lipstick Removal Methods
- Apply ivory soap and blot up stain with clean cloth
- For oil-based lipsticks, work Vaseline into the stain with your fingers and scrape up with a spoon. Clean the rest with dawn soap mixed with warm water.
- Do not saturate the area of the stain with cleaning solution. It can make the stain worse and if you’re using alcohol, it may permeate through to the backing and destroy the latex bond.
- Never use a cleaning solution that contains lanolin or bleach as this may damage your carpet.
- Always read and follow all care instructions and warnings provided by the carpet manufacturer.
- Rugs and carpets with natural fibers and/or certain dyes may require special treatment. Even if you have the slightest doubt, always contact a cleaning professional for advice or service.
- If you have an oriental rug or if your carpet is wool or silk, it is highly recommended that you have the stain removed professionally. These types of rugs/carpeting are delicate and may not be color fast. Make sure you call a carpet specialist familiar with the type of rug/carpet you have. When in doubt as to the type of material your carpet or Oriental rug is made of, check the tag, or check with the retailer/installer for your carpet.
- Avoid walking on any damp areas of carpet. Make sure any spots you cleaned are dry before you walk on them (wet carpet fibers attract more dirt than dry, and you may end up with a bigger stain than you bargained for.