Accidents happen, so it is not unusual to drop or spill makeup products on your carpet or rug. The question is – how to get a lipstick stain out of the carpet without ruining the mat and without causing permanent damage to it?
How to get lipstick out of carpet – materials, and items you will need
- A spoon
- A white or another colorfast cloth or absorbent paper towels
- Isopropyl alcohol or hairspray
- Dry cleaning solution
- Mild dishwashing solution
Steps for removing lipstick stains from a carpet
The first step is to approach the problem with the lipstick stain on your carpet without panicking. So, do not rush to get a harsh chemical-based cleaning solution, and do not start rubbing the stain frantically, as this can cause even more damage to the carpeting.
Instead, act as quickly as possible by starting to treat the stain. The faster you act, the less likely the stain will spread and work itself into the carpet.
Always keep in mind what type of carpet you will be cleaning and what the instructions for cleaning it are because some types of rugs and carpet should not be washed.
Cleaning the lipstick stain from the carpet
Inspect the carpet for any pieces of lipstick or excess liquid which can be removed. You can remove solid makeup pieces with the help of a spoon by gently scraping off any larger fragments from the rug. Be careful not to rub the lipstick deeper into the carpet, and also not to damage the pile by using a sharp knife or instrument.
After that, apply some rubbing alcohol on the lipstick stain and use a colorfast or clean white cloth to dab it gently.
Rubbing alcohol is an excellent remedy for lipstick or another makeup stain because it helps dissolve the grease and oil which are contained in these cosmetic products.
If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol handy, then you can spray some hairspray on the stained area instead.
If you are planning on using a chemical-based dry cleaning or stain removal solution, then remember to test it on a small and inconspicuous part of the carpet first, and watch for any adverse reactions and damage before applying it to the stain.
When cleaning the lipstick stain, always use gentle dabbing instead of rubbing and circular movements. This will prevent you from spreading the stain and getting it worked further into the carpet.
Look for a color transfer from the carpet to the cloth you are using, and keep dabbing the stain until no more lipstick is transferred to the towel.
Never use a cloth that is not colorfast because it can transfer its color to the carpet and incur further damage.
Always rinse off the cleaning solution with a mixture of warm water and a mild dishwasher detergent, which you can spray on the stain and then blot it off. Leaving cleaning solution on the carpet for long can cause discoloration and permanent damage.
Once there are no traces of the lipstick left, you can rinse the carpet with a damp cloth with clean cold water, and then place a pile of absorbent paper towels on top of the wet spot, place a heavy object on top and let them absorb the remaining water.
Avoid stepping on the area until it is completely dry.
Some other useful and successful remedies for removing lipstick from carpeting include using acetone (nail polish), using distilled white vinegar, a mild hydrogen peroxide solution, hairspray or others.
Remember to test any solution and product you will be using on a hidden part of your carpet first!