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How to Remove Makeup Stains From Carpet

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Makeup can easily stain carpets and leave an unsightly mark that can be difficult to remove.


Learning how to remove makeup stains from carpet effectively will keep your upholstery in the best possible condition all year round. These colourful stains are a lot like food colouring, the techniques are quite similar too.


With the right techniques and products, you can easily remove makeup from your carpet.


Not all makeup is the same so we have compiled a list of 3 different methods to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting rid of those unsightly stains from your carpets and sofas.


First, let's break the question down a bit and identify which makeup stains we need to remove.


The most difficult makeup stains to remove


For more difficult makeup stains, you may want to read a full guide, here is our list of the most difficult stains you may need to remove and a guide on how to do it:



What Gets Makeup Stains Out Of Carpet & Upholstery?


There are various household items that you can use to get makeup stains out. Among those are baking soda, rubbing alcohol and even toothpaste. As you work your way through this article, you will learn how to use these products to remove even the toughest makeup stains.


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Method 1: Using Rubbing Alcohol


Rubbing alcohol is an effective way to remove makeup from your carpet. Here's how to do it:

  1. Mix one part rubbing alcohol with two parts water in a spray bottle.

  2. Spray the mixture onto the makeup stain.

  3. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to loosen the stain.

  4. Use a clean cloth to blot the stain gently, starting from the outside and working your way towards the centre.

  5. Continue blotting until the stain is removed.

  6. Once the stain is removed, use a clean, damp cloth to rinse the area.

  7. Use a dry cloth to blot the area until it is completely dry.


Method 2: Using Dish Soap


Dish soap is another effective way to remove makeup from your carpet. Here's how to do it:

  1. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of warm water.

  2. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and blot the makeup stain.

  3. Continue blotting until the stain is removed.

  4. Use a clean, damp cloth to rinse the area.

  5. Use a dry cloth to blot the area until it is completely dry.


Method 3: Using Baking Soda and Vinegar


Baking soda and vinegar are a powerful combination for removing makeup stains from your carpet. Here's how to do it:

  1. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of white vinegar.

  2. The mixture will start to fizz. Wait until the fizzing stops before proceeding.

  3. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and blot the makeup stain.

  4. Continue blotting until the stain is removed.

  5. Use a clean, damp cloth to rinse the area.

  6. Use a dry cloth to blot the area until it is completely dry.


Does Toothpaste Remove Makeup Stains From Carpet?


Toothpaste is pretty effective in removing some high-colour makeup stains such as mascara or lipstick for countertops and wooden furniture, but does it work on carpet and upholstery furniture too?


The answer is yes, toothpaste is great for removing pigment makeup stains such as mascara, eye shadow and lipsticks.


As professionals, we sometimes don't like to admit that some of the simplest household items can remove the toughest of stains. We don't mind though, our goal is to make every customer happy, those willing to pay for a professional service as well as those who may not be able to afford it.


Do these methods work on foundation stains in carpets & Sofas?


Yes, they absolutely work on foundation stains too. You may need to use a little extra since foundation is thicker and can penetrate the fibres more deeply though.


Get plenty of kitchen roll and use any methods mentioned in this blog, repeat the steps until your foundation stain has been transferred onto the kitchen roll.


Can You Remove Makeup Stains From Wool Carpet With These Methods?


These methods for makeup removal are safe for all carpet types including wool. The main thing to remember about cleaning up wool is that you don't oversaturate the fibres.


Because it is so sensitive to liquids, you have less room for error. Most people who own a wool carpet recognise that it is best left for the professionals, but if you are used to cleaning wool then you can use any of our methods provided.


Get Makeup Out Of Carpet Fast With Magic Erasers


A great cheat code for removing makeup from your carpet or upholstery is to use a magic eraser instead of a cloth to bring out those tough stains. This speeds up the process dramatically since these 'sponges' can absorb contaminants much more easily than a cloth.


Use the methods mentioned in this blog but just replace the cloth with a magic sponge for a much faster result.


Tips for Removing Makeup from Your Carpet

  • It's essential to act quickly when removing makeup stains from your carpet. The longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.

  • Always blot the stain gently. Rubbing or scrubbing the stain can cause it to spread and make it harder to remove.

  • Test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet before using it on the stain. This will help you determine if the solution will damage your carpet.

  • If the stain is still present after trying these methods, consider using a carpet cleaner or calling a professional carpet cleaner to remove the stain.


Conclusion


In conclusion, removing makeup from your carpet can be done with the right methods and products. Whether you use rubbing alcohol, dish soap, or a baking soda and vinegar mixture, be sure to act quickly and blot gently to effectively remove the stain.

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