Best Ways of Removing Makeup Stains From Carpet
Makeup has been around for quite a long time, but it seems like it’s more popular now than ever. With the evolution of YouTube came the beauty gurus who made many of us fall in love with makeup. As a result, it became so much more than just a tool; it became a form of art. Winged liners, shimmery lids, blinding highlights, nude lipsticks, and flawless foundations took the world by storm.
While makeup is an excellent way of enhancing beauty it’s among the worst things that could happen to your carpet, upholstery, and clothes. Makeup stains are persistent and often tricky to clean with wet wipes or soapy water. Most beauty products will leave a permanent stain unless you clean them up immediately. Luckily, you can eliminate these stains with ease if you just know the right tools and ingredients to use.
Before you apply any of these methods for removing makeup stains that we’ll talk about, make sure to test them first. In other words, you should use the technique on a discreet part of your carpet that’s not as visible. The reason is that some might damage your carpet, depending on the material and texture of the rug. Take a moment to try it out somewhere remote before applying it directly to the problem area to avoid any further damage.
Below, you’ll discover how to clean some of the most popular makeup products from your carpets using things and ingredients you have at home.
Eyeliner is a staple part of almost every makeup routine. It makes everything look better, but it’s a horrible thing to clean from carpets and clothes. It comes in several shapes and forms, so you can think about using a pencil liner which is unlikely ever to present a threat to your carpet. Liquid liner, on the other hand, can make a huge mess if you knock over the bottle. Even if it’s in the form of a gel, you can stain your carpet if you drop the brush and step on it.
Worst of all is that eyeliner is easy to smudge, so make sure not to touch the stain before you start cleaning it. Mix ½ cup warm water with a tablespoon of vinegar and dab a microfiber cloth into the mixture. Use the cloth to blot the stain working from the outside in. You should continue to do so until there’s no more of the product on your carpet although that could take several minutes.
Use another cloth and lightly dampen it with plain water. Blot the area with the new cloth to remove all of the remaining vinegar. You might also want to pat the surface dry with another cloth.
2. Eye shadow
Eye shadow is a bit tricky to clean because these products are often oil-based. As a result, they are harder to clean. You’ll need some water, hydrogen peroxide and several microfiber cloths. However, make sure to test this method somewhere because hydrogen peroxide has bleaching properties.
Apply a few drops of it directly to the stain and dab it. Don’t scrub or rub because you’ll push the eye shadow deeper in the carpet fibers. Allow this to sit for a minute and blot it clean with a dry cloth. Use a damp cloth to remove traces of hydrogen peroxide by dabbing in and not scrubbing. Lastly, take another cloth to pat the surface dry.
Don’t panic if you’ve accidentally knocked over your foundation bottle. The process of cleaning this stain might take a while, but it’s practical and easy to do. You’ll need a spoon or a butter knife, depending on which you find more convenient. You should also have some clear dishwashing liquid and cold water at hand as well as some microfiber cloths or paper towels.
For this method, you’ll also need a powerful vacuum cleaner. Some of the most popular vacuum cleaners are also the most powerful and versatile. In most cases, such models come with plenty of features and efficient accessories to help clean different carpets. You must start cleaning immediately after you spilled the product. Use a spoon or knife to scrape any access product from your carpet before it hardens. Also, the stain might reach the backing of your carpet if you wait too long.
Mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid with cold water and dampen your cloth with the mixture. Gently blot the area, working from the outside in.
Again, you should avoid scrubbing or rubbing the stain because that would push the foundation deeper inside the carpet fibers. Keep dabbing until you remove the stain.
Dampen another cloth with clean water and use it to remove access of the soapy mixture. Make sure to also blot it dry with a dry paper towel or another cloth. Once the area is fully dry, set your vacuum on high power and vacuum the spot you’ve cleaned.
Mascara is a must in everyone’s routine, but dropping the wand on your carpet can make a real mess. Luckily, it’s not too challenging to clean because you only need a few things to do so. Get your favorite eye makeup remover and some microfiber cloths. You’ll also need some cold water for rinsing.
Apply the makeup remover to a cloth and gently blot the stain. You shouldn’t apply it directly to the stain as that can push the mascara further in the fibers. Use a new cloth and more makeup remover as needed until you’ve cleaned the stain. Once there’s no mascara left on your carpet, dampen a cloth with cold water and blot the area where it used to be. This should get rid of the access makeup remover.
Lastly, take a clean cloth to blot the area dry. You might also want to consider vacuuming the area to ensure there’s no mascara inside the fibers. It all depends on how deep the stain is and how long you’ve let it sit before cleaning it.
Lipsticks are so easy to stain the carpet with. Dropping a bottle of the liquid lipstick is unlikely to make a mess, but dropping the wand can be a disaster. A regular lipstick can also make quite a mess on your carpet, upholstery, and clothes. Use a spoon or knife to remove large pieces if there are any, but make sure not to push them in. Mix powder laundry detergent with some water to make a paste.
Dip a soft cloth into the paste and pat the area from the outside in. You should keep on doing this until you clean the stain which might take longer than a few minutes. Once you’ve removed all traces of lipstick, use a clean damp cloth to pat the area. This should remove access detergent before you pat the area dry with a paper towel.
While this is an efficient method that works on other makeup products as well, you should be careful with removing lipstick. Many are quite persistent and tricky to clean, depending on formula and shade. Lipsticks with a red undertone are especially tricky to clean, more so if we’re talking about waterproof formulas. If you’re not sure, you should maybe let a professional handle this for you.