While you’d prefer to keep your lipstick on your lips and off your carpet, it doesn’t always work out that way. It might have fallen out of your purse, or your toddler might have decided to use it as a crayon. Regardless of how it got on your carpet, use these simple steps to get that stain cleaned up fast.
Gathering Your Gear
When you have fresh lipstick smeared into your carpet, you have to work quickly to get it cleaned up. The longer it sits there, the more time the stain has to set, and the harder it will be to clean. In order to get the lipstick out of your carpet you will need:
- White towel
- White cloth
- Ice cold water
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Carbonated water
1. Picking Up The Excess Lipstick
Put some ice cubes into a bowl of cold water and set it aside. Then, press a dry towel into the stain to pick up as much of the lipstick colour as you can. Don’t rub the stain or you’ll damage your carpet and push the lipstick further down into the carpet. Just press down as firmly as you can with the towel.
If you see any lipstick colour on the towel when you lift it up, turn the towel so that you have a clean portion under your hands and repeat the process. Keep turning your towel and pressing it into the stain until you’re barely picking up any more colour.
If you don’t have any more clean areas on your towel, start using a different one so you don’t accidentally transfer the lipstick back onto the carpet. Once you’re satisfied that you can’t pick up any more lipstick with the dry towel, get a new one and grab your bowl of ice-cold water.
Dip your towel into the water and wring it out so that it is only slightly damp. Press it firmly into the stain and hold it for five seconds. If you notice that any lipstick has transferred to the towel when you lift it up, keep repeating this process until you can’t pick up any more. Otherwise, move on to the next step.
2. Blotting Up The Stain
Put some alcohol on a cloth and gently dab it on the stain, working from the outer edge in towards the centre. Remember to always work from the outside toward the middle so you don’t spread the stain and make it bigger. Keep blotting and dabbing the alcohol until you’ve covered the entire stain.
Let it sit for five minutes, and then drizzle some carbonated water over it and blot it up with a dry cloth. If there are any traces of the stain left, put some more alcohol on your cloth and dab the entire stain again. Leave it to sit for approximately 15 minutes.
Then, drizzle more carbonated water onto the stain, and blot it up with your dry cloth again. Your lipstick stains should completely disappear.
3. Giving Tough Lipstick Stains The Boot
If the alcohol didn’t remove every last trace of the lipstick from your carpet, it’s time to bring out the heavy artillery. Put some hydrogen peroxide on a cloth, blot the stain thoroughly, and let it sit for 30 minutes. When the time is up, your carpet should look fresh, clean, and lipstick-free.
If you still can’t get the stains cleaned off your carpet, call a carpet cleaning professional to get the lipstick stains cleaned up off your carpet for you.