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How to remove black eyeliner pencil from a carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Many women have accidentally dropped their eyeliner pencil only to discover that it has left a dark streak on their clothes, sheets or handbag. In most cases, you can simply remove the stain by washing the clothing item. But, if you've dropped your eyeliner on your carpeted floor, you will have to take several steps to ensure it is properly removed.

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  1. Dab the area with a clean cloth to remove as much of the stain as possible. Do not rub the mark, as it will only spread the eyeliner.

  2. If the eyeliner is still visible, wet a clean cloth with liquid make-up remover and dab it over your carpet. As the eyeliner transfers to the cloth, use another portion of the cloth to prevent the stain from spreading.

  3. If the stain is still visible, wet a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and gently dab it over the stain. As the eyeliner transfers to the cloth, wet another clean part of the cloth with the alcohol and dab it onto the stain.

  4. If the stain is still visible, mix 1/4 tsp washing up liquid with 237 ml (1 cup) of warm water. Wet a clean cloth with the solution and blot it onto the eyeliner stain.

  5. When the entire stain is removed, wet a clean cloth and dab it over the previously stained area. This will help remove all of the excess cleaning solution, which can change the sheen of your carpet if left on for too long.

  6. Tip

    Begin cleaning the stain as soon as you notice it. The longer the eyeliner stain sits on your carpet, the harder it will be to remove.


    Always test cleaning solutions on a small inconspicuous area of your carpet to test for colour fastness.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Make-up remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Washing up liquid
  • Measuring spoons
  • Water

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.

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