If you like make-up or have teenage daughters that do, chances are you’re probably going to encounter stains from it on your carpet. And with Halloween makeup just around the corner, you may need a way to get it out. Each type of make-up requires a different method in trying to remove it.
How to Remove Makeup Stains from Carpet
Act as quickly as possible when you discover a stain. Scoop up any extra make-up that is sitting on top of the carpet first. For nail polish you should use a non-acetone nail polish remover that has no color or fragrance. Liquid foundation needs to be removed with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Eyeliner and mascara will require 1 cup of warm water with ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing solution and to remove lipstick you can use paint remover or dishwashing liquid. When you’ve prepared the right solution for your stain you’ll want to add a small amount of it to a clean white cloth. The cloth will need to be damp but not soaked. Begin blotting the stain and do not rub. Press firmly to lift as much of the stain as possible. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone. Once the stain is gone you can spray the area with warm water to rinse out any remaining solution and when it’s totally dry, you can vacuum it to restore the texture and remove any remaining residue.
Removing Makeup Stains Using a Dry Cleaning Fluid
When using a dry cleaning solution, you will also need to lift as much of the stain as you can before you start. Soak a clean cloth in a little bit of the dry cleaning fluid and apply it to the stain. Let the solution sit for a bit to give it a chance to soak into the carpet. Then take a clean cloth and start blotting the stain and rinse the area with cold water. Repeat these steps if necessary.
More Tips on Permanent Makeup Removal
With blush, eyeshadow and powdered foundation you can try 5-6 drops of a mild laundry detergent mixed with 1 cup of cold water. Liquid foundation that has dried on the carpet may require the hydrogen peroxide to sit on the stain for an hour or more to loosen the stain. This can be done by applying the hydrogen peroxide to the cloth and allowing the damp cloth to sit directly on the stain. Try hairspray on a nail polish stain and the blotting it or 1 T. of ammonia mixed with 1.4 cups of hydrogen peroxide to saturate the stain. Cover with plastic wrap and set a heavy item on top of it, letting it sit overnight and rinse with water. Do not use ammonia on carpets made of natural fibers. For wool carpet you can also try a dry cleaning fluid-blotting and rinsing with warm water and blotting to dry. Oil-based lipsticks can be removed by applying Vaseline into the stain with your fingers and the scraping it up with a spoon, cleaning what remains with dawn soap and warm water.
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If these methods are not successful, you can call in the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to tackle the stain for you. We can determine the best treatment for your particular stain and have the right solution and tools to remove it!