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How To Get Makeup Stains Out Of Carpet

If you apply your makeup in a room that has carpet, you are bound to have spilled lipstick, foundation or mascara. While it is better to remove it as soon as you notice the spill and before it sets in, you can also remove the stain even after it has been sitting in the carpet for a while. Here are some tips for getting makeup out of carpet, including what cleaning products are best for each type of makeup.

Cleaning Solutions for Different Types of Makeup

The first thing you need to do is get the right cleaning solution, which depends on the type of makeup that spilled on your carpet. For lipstick, you should either get rubbing alcohol or paint remover. Dishwashing soap works great for both eyeliner and mascara. If you spilled liquid foundation, you can use hydrogen peroxide, or mild laundry detergent for powered foundation. Laundry detergent also works for blush and eye shadow. Use non-acetone nail polish remover if you spilled nail polish on the carpet.

Remove the Excess Makeup

The first step is to try and remove as much of the excess makeup as you can. You can use a plastic spoon if there is a large amount of powder or liquid on the carpet. Otherwise, clean up as much of the caked-on makeup or loose powder as you can by using a cloth. When you are removing the excess makeup, make sure that you never grind or rub it into the carpet. This could push it further into the carpet fibers and make it a lot more difficult to remove.

Use Your Cleaning Solution

Once you have pulled up as much of the excess makeup product as you can, it is time to get out your cleaning solution. Use the guide above for choosing the right cleaning solution, depending on the type of makeup that spilled. Pour a small amount of the cleaning solution on a clean wash cloth, though do not saturate it. It should be slightly damp. Test a small area first to make sure it takes the product without causing more damage to your carpet. If it works well, continue cleaning the stain with the cleaning solution.

Use your wash cloth to blot the stain with moderate pressure, using a lifting motion as you do so. Again, do not rub the carpet with the wash cloth. Keep blotting away until you start seeing the color lift from the carpet. Get another cloth and add more cleaning solution as needed. If you are removing liquid foundation, you may need to let the hydrogen peroxide sit for a few minutes before blotting up the stain.

Rinse the Area

Once you have removed the makeup stain, spray the area with water from a spray bottle. Get another clean and dry cloth and blot up the water the best you can. Keep using water and blotting until the cloth comes up clean.

If your efforts to clean don’t remove the stain, contact professionals like Atlantic Carpet Care.

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