Cosmetics such as lipstick and eyeshadows applied to the face can quickly enhance or change your appearance. Application is simple – but what do you do when you accidentally spill some onto your carpet – leaving a bright and colourful mark? Don’t worry, this guide will show you how to remove makeup stains from carpet with ease…
Depending on the type of stain you’ll need to gather together solutions and cleaning materials so that you make the process as stress-free as possible. The key to removing the stain completely is to act quickly. You’ll want:
- Clean microfibre cloth or paper towels
- Large spoon
- A cup of warm water mixed with ¼ teaspoon of washing up liquid detergent
- Paint remover or rubbing alcohol
- Bleach solution
- Vacuum cleaner
- White vinegar
- Eye makeup remover
- Dry cleaning solvent
- All-purpose stain remover
How to remove eyeshadow from carpet
To remove eyeshadow from carpet takes a little more time as many eyeshadows are oil-based, making them harder to eliminate completely. Add a few drops of bleach directly to the stain and dab. Try not to use a rubbing motion as this only embeds the stain deeper into the carpet fibres.
Let the bleach sit for a few minutes and then blot dry with a microfibre absorbing cloth – or a paper towel. Use another clean damp cloth to remove any residues, and follow up with another cloth to pat dry.
Powder eyeshadows may only require a detergent and warm water mix. Lightly sponge the stain with the dry-cleaning solvent and blot until absorbed. Follow by sponging the stain with the detergent mix and blot until the excess liquid is absorbed. Lightly rinse with cold water and then leave to dry.
How to remove lipstick from carpet
To remove lipstick from carpet, carefully scrape up any excess with the large spoon. Dampen a clean cloth in water and blot the stain. Spray the all-purpose stain remover onto the affected area and gently blot with a clean cloth to absorb the lipstick.
If the stain is still visible you can pour a little rubbing alcohol onto a sponge and apply directly to the remaining stain. This should remove any lipstick left in the carpet fibres.
How to get eyeliner out of carpet
Tacking eyeliner stains quickly with the right solution is the key. The initial cleaning product to try is an eye makeup remover. Apply to a clean, white cloth and dab at the stain as rubbing will simply spread it. Use another dry towel to absorb any excess liquid and repeat as necessary.
Baby wipes are another solution – blot the carpet with the wipe to gently remove the stain. You can also make a cleaning solution with detergent and warm water. Blot the mix into the carpet with a damp towel and then press a clean towel over the area to lift the eyeliner out of the carpet.
A teaspoon of white vinegar in a cup of warm water is another alternative. Dab the mixture into the carpet with a damp cloth and blot back out with a clean, dry cloth.
How to remove mascara from carpet
To remove mascara from the carpet you’ll need to be patient as often procedures need to be repeated to ensure a complete clean. Blot the stain with a paper towel or microfibre cloth to remove as much of the stain as you can. work from the outside edge towards the centre to stop the stain from spreading.
Eye makeup remover dabbed onto the stain with a dampened cloth should draw the mascara away from the carpet fibres. Rinse with cold water to see if the stain has gone. If none of these solutions works a dry-cleaning solvent may be an option. Dampen a clean towel with the solvent and blot until the stain is removed, followed by a rinse with cold water and a final blot dry.
- Dry makeup can be vacuumed up with an upholstery attachment.
- Shaving cream is a handy standby for massaging into the carpet and dabbing off with a clean, damp cloth.
- Nail polish remover also works for some makeup stains dabbed on with a dampened cloth and rinsed afterwards.
- Or you could simply enlist the help of professional carpet cleaners and sit back and relax whilst they pre-treat any stains and deep clean the carpet for you.