No matter how you try to make your home stay in spic and span state, accidents sometimes happen and may ruin the order of things. Your carpet is not spared from these mishaps. You regularly vacuum your carpet to take away dust and mites and make it eternally tidy. But you may drop your lipstick without thought, leaving an ugly mark on your carpet. Or it could be that your toddler discovers your lipstick and decides to draw a figure with it on your carpet. What a headache. But messy it may seem, lipstick stains on your carpet can be removed. Here are tips on how to do it:
- Use an old cloth that has no more use for you. Spray on a little amount of carpet cleaner foam. Let the foam settle for a while then rub the stained area with the old cloth. When rubbing, take care not to spread the lipstick to surrounding areas. When the old cloth is already soiled with the lipstick smudge, reverse it and use the unstained side. Do this repeatedly until such time that the lipstick mark is no longer visible.
- Avoid wetting the stain with water, as it will only spread the lipstick on the carpet. Lipstick basically has oil for its component and oil and water do not mix together. So once you pour water on the lipstick stained area, chances are the lipstick might get scattered around.
- If the lipstick broke into pieces when it fell on the carpet, immediately pick up its bits from the carpet. Also, clean up the stain at once so the mark will not stick or adhere further on the surface of the rug.
- Press a paper towel to blot off the mark from the carpet. Remove the paper towel and do the method again with a clean one. Repeat until the color of the lipstick has significantly faded off.
- Put oil-based products on the lipstick stain. You may use vegetable oil, petroleum jelly or hairspray. Since lipstick is oil-based too, it will most likely combine with other oil-based products. After a few minutes, press a paper or cloth towel on the stain. You will notice that much of the stain will be absorbed by the towel. Do this technique several times more to completely erase the stain.
- Scrape the lipstick particles from the carpet with tissue paper. Blot the damaged area with some amount of pure liquid detergent, without water. Leave it for a while and then rub off with a piece of coarse cloth.
- Put some amount of baby powder on the lipstick stained part. With a paper towel, scrape off the powder. Much of the color of the lipstick will go off with the powder. Since baby powder is mostly white, brush off the remaining powder from with a paint brush to bring back the color of the carpet.
- Mix a half cup of baking powder with a small amount of vinegar. The amount of the vinegar should be just enough to wet the baking soda powder. Put some amount of the baking powder mixture on the stain. Next, scoop it out with a paper towel or cloth. Scrape off the remaining stuff with an old toothbrush. Vacuum the rug.
Of course you cannot risk further damaging your carpet especially if it is an expensive kind. So if your concern is that you might further damage your carpet in your attempt to clean out the lipstick stain, you better call a carpet care expert to do the job for you.