Apart from coffee, tea and milk, the most common carpet stains are those caused by makeup. They’re often a pain to deal with, but they don’t have to be! In reality, there’s a cleaning remedy for almost any type of makeup. So if you clicked on this article worried and concerned about the issue at hand, fear not! As long as you react on time and follow our advice, your carpet should once again be stain-free in no time!

Before we get into the meat of it, however, we’d like to firstly lay the most important tips for carpet stain removal:

  • Always pre-test your carpet cleaning solution, regardless if it’s homemade or commercial, on a barely visible patch of your carpet. Some products have a colour-bleeding effect; others can create a stain of their own onto the carpet.
  • Never rub or scrub carpet stains. That would drive them deeper into the fibres, making the stain bigger and even more difficult to remove. Instead, use gentle blotting movements.
  • Act as soon as humanly possible! The longer you wait to deal with makeup stains, the harder it will be to deal with them later.
  • Use paper towels or clean white cloths to remove stains. Microfibre ones in particular are proven to be the most effective in stain removal.
How to remove makeup from carpet
How to get foundation out of carpet

How to get foundation out of carpet?

About to go out on a Friday night? Want to make yourself pretty and boost your confidence? Of course, you’d want to! That’s what makeup’s for! If, however, you were a bit too excited and managed to elbow the foundation off the table, don’t panic and keep on reading.

  1. If the foundation is powdered, you’d firstly need to vacuum the excess. If it’s liquid, just follow steps 2 to 5.
  2. Grab a clean white cloth and soak a portion of it in undiluted hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Dab the cloth directly onto the stain.
  4. Continue dabbing using a clean portion of the cloth each time, until all the foundation has transferred onto it.
  5. Finally, just spray clean water over the area where the stain previously was. This will dissolve the hydrogen peroxide and leave the carpet as good as before.

Note: The above method can be effective against all types of powdered makeup.

How to remove lipstick from carpet?

You miss your morning alarm. You have less than 20 minutes to get ready for work. You put on light makeup. You drop the lipstick and it leaves a stain on your beautiful carpet. What do you do?

  1. Once the stain is no longer visible, rinse the carpet with a sponge and lukewarm water. Then, blot dry the carpet with another clean white cloth, and you’re done!
  2. After that, with a clean white cloth, carefully blot the stained area, using clean sides of the cloth each time.
  3. If your carpet is light-coloured, simply spray a bit of WD-40 over the stain. If it’s on the darker side, we recommend mixing one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar, one tablespoon of clear washing up liquid, and two cups of lukewarm water. The solution is then sprayed directly onto the stain.
  4. With a wet wipe, very carefully remove any large lipstick bits from the carpet.

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How to get mascara stains out of carpet

How to get mascara stains out of carpet?

Another essential part of one’s makeup is, of course, mascara. Mascara can make your eyes pop, but it can also make you want to pop your eyes if it falls on your carpet. If you’re unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, just read below:

  1. Moisten a clean microfibre cloth with eye makeup remover. Don’t apply the remover directly on the stain, as it shouldn’t reach the carpet’s backing.
  2. Carefully dab the mascara stain and you should instantly see some of the colour being transferred to the cloth.
  3. Reapply eye makeup remover to a clean side of the cloth and continue blotting until the stain is no longer visible.
  4. Grab another clean microfibre cloth, dampen it in cold water, and rinse the previously stained area.
  5. With a new clean microfibre cloth, blot dry the area and enjoy your stain-free carpet!

Note: Due to their similar composition, the above method also works for liquid eyeliner as well.

How to remove highlighter stains from carpet?

Highlighter – the makeup product, which makes your cheekbones, temples, brow bone and other face features standout in a glorious fashion. An essential part of a complete makeup routine! It’s also essential to know how to deal with highlighter stains on carpets, should any accidents occur.

  1. To remove liquid highlighter, you’d firstly need to prepare a cleaning solution that consists of 1 tablespoon of clear washing up liquid, 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and 2 cups of cold water.
  2. Your next course of action is to dampen a clean white microfibre cloth into the mixture and to soak the stain. We even recommend applying a bit of pressure, in order to release some of the water into the carpet – this will help bring the stain from the carpet fibres into the cloth.
  3. Repeat step 2 until the stain is no longer visible.
  4. Blot dry the carpet with a clean white microfibre cloth.
  5. Rinse with another cloth and some cold water and blot dry again.

If you don’t have much success with this, consider using rubbing alcohol instead of the soapy vinegar mixture.

How to get blush out of carpet?

As we’ve already covered how to deal with powdered makeup stains, we will now go over how to remove liquid blush and bronzer.

  1. Dry the previously stained area by placing a clean towel, and applying pressure onto it for a few minutes.
  2. Rinse the carpet with another clean cloth and some cold water.
  3. At the risk of being repetitive, repeat step 2 using clean sides of the cloth each time.
  4. Dab a clean white microfibre cloth into the mixture and begin blotting the stain.
  5. In a bowl, mix unscented laundry detergent and cold water at a 1:20 ratio.

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Removing makeup stains from natural fibre carpets

Removing makeup stains from natural fibre carpets

Stain removal from natural fibre carpets and rugs, due to how delicate they are, may be something best left to professionals. Not only could home cleaning remedies not work on wool and silk carpets, but they can also cause colour bleeding. Not something you’d want to happen to your oriental flooring.

Professional carpet cleaners on the other hand, work with cleaning products approved by the WoolSafe Organisation. Products, which can never harm natural fibre carpets, neither can they cause a colour bleeding effect. Moreover, commercial steam extraction machines have a ton of adjustable settings, making them suitable for essentially all carpet types, including yours.

So if you have a makeup stain that needs removing and don’t want to risk making the stain worse, just get in touch with ProLux customer service team. We can always be reached on 020 3318 6387 or via the live chat.