March 8, 2015

How To Remove Make-Up From Carpets

If you wear make-up and have carpeting in your home, you are probably familiar with make-up stains. Accidents happen. One minute you are carefully applying your lipstick on your way out the door. The next minute, you drop your lipstick and leave a huge smear on your carpet!

There is no reason why your carpet cannot continue to look its best while you continue to look your best! Here are some cleaning tips to help you remove lipstick and other types of make-up from your carpet.

  • The first step in removing any make-up from carpeting is to get rid of the excess make-up. Use a spoon or knife to remove the excess, or use a cloth and dab at the spot until the excess is removed.
  • Create your cleaning solution:
    • Mascara – 1 cup warm water and ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid
    • Lipstick – rubbing alcohol, followed by dry cleaning fluid
    • Powders (eye shadow, blush, etc.) – 1 cup cold water and 5 drops of mild laundry detergent
    • Foundation – 3% hydrogen peroxide
    • Nail polish – nail polish remover (non-acetone)

Once you have created your solution for cleaning, follow these steps:

  • Dampen the area with the cleaning solution
  • Blot with a white cloth – never rub!
  • Continue dampening and blotting until the stain is gone
  • Mist with clean water to rinse the area
  • Put paper towels over the area and add weight, such as books, to hold them down
  • Leave the towels on the area for a few hours to give them time to absorb all of the excess water
  • Remove the paper towels and let the spot dry
  • Vacuum the area thoroughly

Keeping these helpful tips in mind will help you keep your carpet looking just a lovely as the day it was installed – and you can still continue to enjoy your make-up. Remember to share with your regular professional carpet cleaner any spots or stains, even if they are barely visible. Knowing where past stains fell can help him spend a little extra time on those spots and make sure they remain as clean as possible.

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