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Makeup stain removal from carpet

Oops! We all have the occasional clumsy moment from time to time where we watch our brightest and boldest lipstick color take a nose dive for the carpet. Don't fret ladies. There are simple solutions out there to get those makeup stains out of your carpet. Just as there is a variety of products to primp up your face, there are a variety of ways to eliminate the mess they sometimes leave behind.

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Carpet stain removal basics

First scoop up as much of the product as possible with a spoon and then blot the area. Figure out your cleaning solution and test it on a inconspicuous part of the carpet to make sure that doesn't damage your carpet. Then blot your cleaning solution on to the stain. Be careful not to over saturate the area or rub the solution in as you will make a bigger mess than what you started with. Keep blotting the cleaning solution on until the stain is gone. Then clean the area with water to rinse out the remaining traces of cleaning agents. Blot the stain again, but this time with a dry towel to soak up as much moisture as possible. Then allow the area to dry and your carpet should be as good as new by morning.

Determine your enemy

Let's look a bit at the chemical makeup of your makeup. You basically have two categories here: wet or dry.

Your wet makeups are your foundations, cremes, lipsticks, glosses, mascara and primers. These makeup products all contain oils and moisturisers to keep them soft and fluid. These products will need something that cuts through oils and grease to fully release them from the fibers of your carpet. Scoop up the majority of the product and then blotting the area with rubbing alcohol will usually cut right through any grime left behind.

Your dry makeups are anything that comes in a powder form. If you spill your prettiest powder all over the place your first plan of action should be to grab your vacuum and use your hose attachment to clean up as much powder as possible. If you rub the stain first you are creating a bigger problem by rubbing the makeup into the carpet fibers. If you vacuum it first you can spot treat any remaining bit of color left behind with a stain remover and usually get up the rest of the mess with no fuss.

More solutions for your mess

Here are a few more easy tips and tricks to remove even the most stubborn make-up stains:

  • Mix 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) mild liquid dish soap with 475 ml (2 cups) warm water and wash the area. Repeat until stain is removed. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.

  • You can add 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) white vinegar to the dish soap/water mixture above to make it a little stronger.

  • Laundry stain removers also work well to get out hard stains.

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About the Author

Devin Shayla is an artist based in Savannah, Ga. After working in the arts and entertainment industry for more than 10 years, she works as writer and film/TV makeup artist.

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