Ahh makeup – it’s all fun and games until it’s been trodden into the fibres of your carpet and shows no signs of coming out.
But before you rip your carpet out or throw away your favourite rug, try out some of the below tried and rested methods to save your carpets.
The golden rules
• Always spot test the mixture on an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it doesn’t make the stain worse.
• It’s important to use a clean, white cloth to tackle your stain. Adding more colour to a makeup stain is never a good move.
• Don’t use bleaching agent on a natural wool carpet. It could damage the fibres beyond repair, and could even make it prone to catching more dirt.
How to get eyeliner out of carpet
You will need: washing up liquid, cold water and a cup or glass.
Step one: Mix one table spoon of the washing up liquid with two cups of cold water.
Step two: Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain repeatedly with the solution, using a clean area of the cloth each time.
Step three: Blot the liquid repeatedly until the stain fades away
Step four: If the above steps don’t remove the stain, mix ½ cup of warm water with one tbsp. of ammonia and sponge the carpet with the solution.
Step five: Keep blotting until the solution is fully absorbed.
Extra tip: For stubborn stains that aren’t being removed by the above methods, mix a cup of warm water with one tsp. of white vinegar and sponge again until the liquid is absorbed. Press with cold water and pat dry.
How to remove lipstick from carpet
You will need: Dry cleaning solvent, a sponge or cloth to dampen.
Step one: First, scrape as much excess lipstick product from the carpet as possible. Be careful not to smear it further into the fabric.
Step two: Using a clean cloth or sponge, dab the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent. Keep blotting the stain until all the solvent has dissolved.
Step three: Repeat until the stain disappears
Extra tip: If the stain is fairly deep and the above doesn’t work, mix liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Blot the stain with the mixture using the cloth/sponge, finishing by sponging with cold water.
How to get mascara out of carpet
You will need: Cool water, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and two clean cloths
Step one: Pour two cups of cool water into a bowl.
Step two: Add one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.
Step Three: Stir with a spoon so the mixture is fully combined. Take the clean cloth, and dip into the water. Blot the stain numerous times, until the stain starts to fade. Rinsing the area by blotting with cold water alone, then finish by blotting with a dry cloth.
Extra tip: If the above fails, try tipping a small amount of oil-fee make-up remover onto a cotton pad, and dab away at the stain. Be careful to keep the movement as a blotting action, and not rubbing the stain further into the carpet. Particularly good for waterproof mascara.
How to get eyeshadow out of carpet
You will need: Mild laundry detergent (5-6 drops) mixed with one cup of cold water
Step one: Remove any powder excess with a plastic spoon or cloth
Step two: Apply a small amount of the laundry detergent and water mix to the cloth, so it is slightly damp. Blot the stain continuously, but do not rub!
Step three: Repeat until stain is removed.
Extra tip: If the eyeshadow stain is an oil based eyeshadow, or liquid foundation/cream blusher, then hydrogen peroxide at 3% is advised. Apply a couple of drops directly to the stain. Leave to soak in for one minute, before pressing with a clean cloth to lift the stain out.
Have the above tips helped you remove a makeup stain from your carpet at home? Perhaps you have another method that does the trick?
Whatever your chosen method, it’s safe to say that, after tackling these stains, it’s likely that you’ll try to keep the make up on your face (and off the carpet) all the more!