Lipstick usually enhances the look of one’s face but does it look good on your precious carpet? Of course, it does not look good on it! If you dropped your lipstick on your carpet and you are unaware of it, there is a big chance that you or anyone in your house can stepped on it, smashing and grinding it on your carpet. If this happens, it really makes sense to act immediately in order to remove the lipstick stain easily. Take note that the sooner you start attempting to remove the stain, the easier the removal is going to be.
There are actually three effective methods that you can do in order to get lipstick out from your carpet and they are as follows:
Method 1: Remove Lipstick Stain with a Cleaning Solution
Before using a particular type of cleaning agent or solution, it is important to scrape off large pieces of lipstick from your carpet. Do this carefully and avoid pushing or pressing the pieces harder into the carpet. Once you are done with this, you can now start using the cleaning product. Here are some essential tips that you need to be reminded of when using commercial products to remove lipstick stains:
1. It is important to test the product on a hidden portion of the carpet first. This will give you the assurance whether or not the carpet will react on the solution that you are going to use. Now if discoloration takes place, it is a good idea to find another product. Remember that dry cleaning fluids usually cause discoloration. Use color-safe cleaning agents to ensure the safety of your carpet.
2. Blot your carpet with a cleaning product. You can do this by applying a cleaning solution with the aid of a sponge or piece of cloth. Press the sponge or cloth on the affected part and never should you rub it on the carpet. This procedure can eventually remove the lipstick stain depending on the strength of the cleaning product, the kind of lipstick and the freshness of the stain.
3. If you see good results, it is highly advised to repeat a particular procedure. If a good amount of stain has been removed, you may rinse the sponge and add more cleaning solution on it then repeat blotting. You may do this for about two to three repetitions and for sure, the stain will be completely gone. However, if the procedure gives no improvement then you can switch to a more effective or stronger cleaning product.
3. Hand-wash the stain remnants with the aid of a cleaning product. This should be done in order to avoid discoloration of your carpet over time. Use dishwashing detergent and apply it on a piece of cloth and mix it with warm water to hand-wash the affected area. When using detergent, it is important to check the ingredients a particular detergent product is made of. Avoid those that contain bleach or lanolin to ensure the safety of your carpet.
4. Rinse off the washed area and allow it to dry. Blot it dry with a piece of cloth to remove any remaining detergent on the carpet.
Method 2: Using Other Types of Cleaning Agents or Solutions
There are other types of cleaning solutions that can help in the removal of lipstick stains on carpets. These include the following:
1. Rubbing Alcohol. Rubbing or isopropyl alcohol is a powerful solution which is used in dissolving grease. It can be your best bet if it happens that a particular cleaning product doesn’t work at all. Remember not to use too much of it as this may reach your carpet’s backing, creating damage in the process. Do not apply alcohol in a circular motion as this could damage the fiber and texture of the carpet.
2. Nail Polish Remover. See to it that the nail polish is made of pure acetone. Inhalation of nail polish fume may prove to be dangerous to your health so it is best to do the procedure in a well-ventilated area. Keep it away from kids and pets. To make sure that the nail polish is safe, test it first in a less obvious part of the carpet.
3. White Vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid which is known to be effective in dissolving grease and stains. Use the white type of vinegar and not the red or dark ones if you do not want to apply additional problem to your carpet.
4. Hairspray. This is a good alternative to rubbing alcohol. If alcohol isn’t available at home, spray a small amount of hairspray on the affected part and let it sit for about ten to fifteen minutes. Wipe the affected area with warm, wet cloth.
Method 3: Use Bleaching to Hide Lipstick Stains
If blotting the affected part won’t completely remove the stain, the next thing that you can do is to make use of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. This is highly advised after you have already removed major traces of lipstick stains from your carpet. Check if the hydrogen peroxide label reads“3 percent.” If it has lower percentages, this will not be very effective. However, any label that reads higher than three percent can cause damage to your carpet. An old bottle of hydrogen peroxide can still work to remove stains on your carpet. To test the potency of an old hydrogen peroxide, pour a small amount of it onto a basin. If the solution fizzes, it’s still effective.
Moisten the stained tufts of your carpet with the right amount of hydrogen peroxide. If you want a more controlled way of applying hydrogen peroxide, use a sponge to do it. Uncontrolled pouring of hydrogen peroxide can cause excess application, damaging or bleaching even on the unstained part of the carpet. After an hour, the solution should lightly bleach the carpet’s tufts. Repeat applying hydrogen peroxide if you see an improvement after the initial application. There is no need for you to rinse the carpet after the procedure as hydrogen peroxide naturally breaks down into water over time.