How to Get Lipstick Out of Your Carpet
That same lipstick that looks stunning on your lips may stun you with astonishment when it gets on the carpet. Instead of wondering how to hide or disguise the stain, remove it using several homemade stain treatments suitable for carpeting.
Work on the stain as soon as you notice it, otherwise it may become a bigger mess if someone steps on the spot, working it into the carpet.
Lift and Scrape
If part of the lipstick is still in the carpet -- for instance, if part of the stick or the entire tube fell to the floor -- lift the pieces carefully away using a paper towel or tweezers, lifting straight up. Scrape at the edges of the lipstick still in the carpet using the bowl of a plastic spoon, working from the outer edges of material toward the inside to avoid spreading it. Vacuum the loose scrapings up with a nozzle from a portable vacuum cleaner without rubbing the hose across the carpeting, or scrape the loose pieces onto a scrap of card stock or index card to deposit them in the trash.
Absorb With Alcohol
Pour some rubbing alcohol into a plain paper towel or absorbent white cloth -- avoid using dyed or colored materials, as the dye may transfer onto the carpet, leaving a bigger problem. Blot the remaining lipstick spots with the alcohol, pressing down gently without wiping or rubbing the stain. Lift the paper towel or cloth to see if any of the lipstick's tint has transferred onto it. If so, select a fresh area of the cloth and blot the carpet again, continuing until no more color absorbs into the cloth. If concerned about affecting the color of the carpeting, test the alcohol in an inconspicuous area first to ensure the carpet is color-safe.
A citrus-based cleaner designed to remove sticker and tape residue also lifts some of the waxy, oily spots left behind by lipstick on carpet. Pour a small amount of the citrus cleaner on a soft white cloth, then hold it over the lipstick spot for 30 seconds or so, lifting the cloth and starting with a fresh area any time the cloth absorbs some of the lipstick color.
From Laundry to Lipstick Treatment
Mix a little of your favorite powdered laundry detergent with a little water to create a paste. Dip a soft white cloth into the paste and apply it to the affected carpet, blotting and wiping gently from the outside areas of the stain toward the inside. This will also help lift any citrus spot remover used on the carpet. Wipe the detergent away with a fresh damp white cloth. Once the carpeting dries, re-treat it with the detergent paste and a damp cloth, as needed. The paste treatment works well as a wrap-up after any other treatment method used.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer. She is an avid DIYer that is equally at home repurposing random objects into new, useful creations as she is at supporting community gardening efforts and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals. She's written numerous DIY articles for paint and decor companies, as well as for Black + Decker, Hunker, Landlordology, SFGate and others.
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