Makeup Stain Removal From Carpet

makeup stainsMakeup stains are common. Different kinds of makeup will respond to different types of cleaning solutions.  Successful clean makeup removal is dependent on knowing which solution works well with the kind of stain you have. 

The trick to removing or fresh makeup stains from the carpet is quick action. The longer the spill is on the carpet, the more it will penetrate the carpet fibres. It is creating a dye that is more difficult to remove.

Things Needed to Clean Makeup Stains

  • Cleaning Solution: (safe for all carpet types, but be sure to test it first in an inconspicuous place for colourfastness)
    • Lipstick: Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol or paint remover and then dry cleaning fluid (this is safe for wool)
    • Mascara and Eye-liner: a ¼ quarter teaspoon of Dawn or Joy dishwashing soap mixed with 1 cup of warm water
    • Liquid Foundation: 3 % hydrogen peroxide solution or non-flammable dry- cleaning solution (such as K2 spot remover or Afta)
    • Blush, Eye Shadow or Powdered Foundation (non-oil based): 5-6 drops of mild laundry detergent mixed with 1 cup of cold water
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Spray bottle with clean water
  • White paper towels
  • White washcloth (Avoid using wash clothes or towels with colours or prints as the dye may bleed into the carpet, making for another difficult stain.)

How To Get Makeup Stains Out Of Carpet? [DIY Methods # 1]

1. Upon discovering the makeup stain, it’s best to act as soon as possible. If you see any excess makeup on the surface of the carpet, carefully scoop it up with a cloth or plastic spoon.

2. For each specific makeup stain, there is a particular solution you can mix when tackling how to remove makeup stains:

  • Nail polish: no-colour, no fragrance non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Foundation (liquid): 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Eye-liner and mascara: 1 cup of warm water with ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid
  • Lipstick: paint remove or rubbing alcohol

3. After you have mixed the appropriate solution based on the specific makeup type of stain you’re tackling, add a small amount of the answer to a clean white cloth. You’ll want to make sure the fabric is damp but not completely soaked.

4. Blot the makeup stain (avoid rubbing) using the wet cloth. It is essential to firmly blot lift as much of the makeup residue out of the carpet as possible.

5. Repeat steps # 1-4 until the makeup stain is no longer visible.

6. After you removed the stain, spray the affected area with water to rinse any solution. Once the carpet is completely dry, vacuum the area.

Getting Eyeshadow out of Carpets

Eyeshadow can present a unique challenge when you’re trying to figure out how to remove eye makeup from the carpet. Why? Well, many eye shadows are oil-based, which means they can be harder to clean.

You’ll need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloths

Note: Hydrogen peroxide is best for lighter carpets since it does have bleaching properties.

  1. Apply a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain. Dab to distribute, but do not rub or scrub as this can embed the colour in the carpet fibres.
  2. Let this sit for one minute.
  3. Blot clean with a dry microfiber cloth.
  4. Dampen a new microfiber cloth with clean water and use this to remove any traces of hydrogen peroxide. Again, don’t scrub.
  5. Use one last cloth to pat the area dry.

Tip: This solution for other oil-based makeup products.

How to Remove Mascara from Carpet

Mascara may help your eyes pop, but it can also lead to disastrous effects when it’s spilt on your carpet. And, unfortunately, waving a mascara wand won’t make stains magically disappear.

You’ll need:

  • Eye makeup remover
  • Coldwater
  • Microfiber cloths
  1. Apply the eye makeup remover directly to a microfiber cloth. This step is significant because you don’t want the cleaner to reach the carpet backing.
  2. Gently blot at the stain until all the mascaras cleaned out.
  3. Reapply the eye makeup remover to a fresh cloth as needed.
  4. Dampen a microfiber cloth with cold water and use this to get rid of any makeup remover remnants.
  5. Blot the area dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

Of course, if you don’t spill your beauty products on the floor, you won’t have to worry about how to remove eye makeup from the carpet in the first place. Therefore, it’s a good idea to lay a towel or old sheet down under your mirror or vanity area.

And those that find the above methods don’t work for them may need to consider looking at other options, like learning how to clean a carpet deep or even calling a professional like

Tips on Removing Lipstick Stains

  1. Lipstick contains wax, oils, fats, emollients (structure products) and a pigment. (Colour)
  2. It is essential to remove the structure products and the pigment to avoid leaving a permanent dye stain.
  3. Apply a solvent such as methylated spirits or dry cleaning fluid.
  4. Blot with a colourfast towel and repeat as long as there is an improvement.
  5. Cease treatment if you are not removing the pigment and call a professional. See note below.

Getting Eyeshadow out of Carpets

Eyeshadow can present a unique challenge when you’re trying to figure out how to remove eye makeup from the carpet. Why? Well, many eye shadows are oil-based, which means they can be harder to clean.

You will need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloths

Note: Hydrogen peroxide is best for lighter carpets since it does have bleaching properties.

  1. Apply a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain. Dab to distribute, but do not rub or scrub as this can embed the colour in the carpet fibres.
  2. Let this sit for one minute.
  3. Blot clean with a dry microfiber cloth.
  4. Dampen a new microfiber cloth with clean water and use this to remove any traces of hydrogen peroxide. Again, don’t scrub.
  5. Use one last cloth to pat the area dry.

Tip: This solution for other oil-based makeup product

How to Remove Eyeliner from Carpet

Though you might not run into any problems with an eyeliner pencil, liquid eyeliner can make a massive mess if a bottle gets knocked over. You can tackle this problem using the steps for cleaning the foundation laid out above. If that doesn’t work, you can move on to more reliable options.

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of warm water
  • One teaspoon vinegar
  • Microfiber cloths
  1. Mix the vinegar with the water.
  2. Dab a cloth into the solution, then use this to blot at the stain. Make sure you’re working from the outside.
  3. Blot until there’s no more eyeliner left on the carpet.
  4. Lightly dampen a clean microfiber cloth with plain water and blot to eliminate any remaining vinegar solution.
  5. Gently pat dry with a fresh microfiber cloth.

How To Get Makeup Stains Out Of Carpet? [DIY Methods # 2]

  1. Take away any excess or caked-on makeup with a cloth or plastic spoon, careful not to rub or grind the stain into the fibre.
  2. Pour a modest amount of cleaning solution onto the washcloth, ensuring that it is damp but not saturated.
  3. Test a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet using the cleaning solution before treating the stain to ensure your carpet tolerates the solution well.
  4. Blot the stain using the cleaning solution using a steady lifting motion. DO NOT rub as this may drive the colour further into the carpet.
  5. Please do it again until the stains removed or no more colour off on the cloth.
  6. For liquid foundation, which has been allowed to dry into the carpet’s fibres, it may be essential to let the hydrogen peroxide solution sit on the stain for an hour or more to loosen the blemish before removal. To get this done, apply the hydrogen peroxide to the cloth and allow the damped cloth to sit directly on the stain.

Warning

Always use a clean, dry, colourfast cloth; otherwise, a stain may transfer from the fabric to the carpet.

  1. In case you are using a dry-cleaning solution instead, you should read and follow all directions and warnings on the product before using it.
  2. Spray the area lightly with clean water from the spray bottle to rinse.
  3. Blot using a clean white cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  4. Put a few paper towel squares on the wet spot and weigh it down using a book or other heavy item.
  5. Allow this site for a few hours to absorb any excess water.
  6. Take away weight and towels and allow the area to air-dry.
  7. Vacuum thoroughly to restore texture and remove any remaining residue.

Guidelines: Other Clean Makeup Techniques

  • Apply ivory soap and blot up stain using a clean cloth
  • Regarding oil-based lipsticks, work Vaseline into the stain with your fingers and scrape up with a spoon. Clean the remainder with dawn soap mixed with warm water.
  • Never saturate the area of the stain with a cleaning solution. It can result in the colour getting worse, and if you’re using alcohol, it may permeate through to the backing and destroy the latex bond.
  • Don’t use a cleaning solution that contains lanolin or bleach since this may damage your carpet.
  • At all times, read and follow all care instructions and warnings provided by the carpet manufacturer.
  • Rugs and carpets with natural fibres and certain dyes may necessitate special treatment. Even if you have the slightest uncertainty, always contact a cleaning professional for advice or service.
  • If you have an oriental rug or if your carpet is wool or silk, have the stain removed professionally. These kinds of rugs/carpeting are sensitive and may not be colourfast. Be sure to call a carpet specialist familiar with the type of rug/carpet you have.
  • Refrain from walking on any damp areas of the carpet. Be sure any spots you cleaned are dry before you step on them.

If you follow all these steps and still have a stain, call Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland. They can usually remove or clean makeup stains as long as they do not contain permanent dyes.

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Do you have a makeup stain on your carpet that won’t disappear? For more advanced makeup stain removal that requires specialised, professional stain removal, care, consider Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland services. Don’t forget to check out our specials.

Remember always to do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is usually not visible. Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland services can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained by using this spot removal guide’s procedures. Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal service, in South Auckland, North Shore, East, West Auckland.

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Experienced, Researched and written by GRAEME STEPHENS. PUBLISHED 10/12/2014.

UPDATED 19/04/2021