How To Remove Makeup From Carpet?

Makeup has become an undeniable part of our lives. It has now become a form of art. With the competition of makeup bigwigs hot and heavy, the race to have the most pigmented formula, blinding highlighter and the blackest mascara is in full swing. But what happens when some of this super high quality, pigmented eye shadow or blush drops out of your hand, onto the carpet? What if someone accidentally tramples on your beloved palette and presses it into the carpet?

This is nothing short of a nightmare. The good news is that you don’t have to start panicking just yet. You’ve come to the right place to find out how to deal with the situation. We have tried and tested some best ways to remove these stubborn makeup stains from the carpet.

General Stain Removal Tips For Makeup

Regardless of the type of makeup stain that you are dealing with today, there are a few essential steps to follow to get these tough stains out without damaging the carpet.

  1. Getting rid of stains as soon as possible is the best course of action. If makeup is allowed to sit for a long duration, it will set in deeper. If you are planning to use any of these stain removal tips that use cleaning agents, try to clean up as much of the mess as you can first.
  1. With powered makeup and other dry products, you can use a vacuum attachment or handheld vacuum to remove loose debris. Running the vacuum back and forth over the stain could allow the powder to penetrate even deeper into the fibres. For liquid products, use a spoon to scrape off the top layer. As much as possible, avoid pressing down on the stain.
  1. Some of the treatments for makeup stain removal use products that are safe on some types of carpets, but can damage others. Therefore, always test a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet before working on a stain.
  1. For stains that are too stubborn, keep in mind that Dynamik offers stain removal services for carpets, rugs and upholstery.

Liquid Foundation Removal

It is possible to remove liquid foundation using two different methods. The first involves using clean water and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. To use, soak a portion of clean, white cloth in hydrogen peroxide. Dab the wet cloth directly onto the stain. Repeat this procedure using a clean section of the cloth for each dab. After the stain has been removed, add clean water to the area. In this manner, the hydrogen peroxide will be dissolved, and no further cleaning is necessary.

Alternatively, you can use cornstarch and water to remove the liquid foundation. With its absorbent properties, cornstarch may be able to work wonders for oil-based foundations. When you have removed as much foundation from the area as possible, use a clean cloth and warm water to dab the stain away. Then sprinkle a liberal amount of cornstarch on the area. Let it sit for up to 24 hours. Vacuum off the cornstarch when you are ready.

Powdered Makeup Removal

Using detergent is the best way to get rid of powdered makeup stains. After vacuuming up the loose powder, mix cold water and a few drops of liquid detergent in a bowl. Use a clean cloth to dab the soapy water onto the stain. Continue to blot with a new section of the cloth until the stain disappears. If this method does not remove the stain completely, you can try hydrogen peroxide to draw out the rest of the makeup from the carpet. Follow these procedures up by blotting the area with clean, cool water to remove as much of the cleaning agent as possible.

Lipstick Stain Removal

Because of its bright colours and oily texture, lipstick can be difficult to remove, but it can be done. You can use white vinegar diluted with water or rubbing alcohol. A few clean cloths and a bowl of water with detergent are also necessary for all of these methods. Using your preferred cleaning solution, soak a portion of a towel in the liquid, and dab it gently on the stain. Repeat as necessary. Once the stain has been removed, use a combination of detergent and water to clean the area by dabbing. Never rub. Follow this up with a little clean water, again, blotting only. Blot the area dry with a paper towel.

Mascara and Eyeliner Stain Removal

The composition of mascara and liquid eyeliner is similar, so both of these types of stains can be cleaned the same way. Following the same vinegar and water solutions that have been mentioned before, get to work. Use a fresh section of the towel every time you dab the carpet. Follow this up with a dabbing session using clean water and liquid detergent. To draw the detergent out of the carpet, finish the cleaning session with clean water.

Makeup Highlighter Stain Removal

It’s probably the most used makeup product these days. This is a favourite part of many people’s daily makeup routine. If people are using it that often, then it would be possible for them to drop it sometimes. To remove highlighter from carpet, you will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Blot The Stain – To do so, use a damp paper towel. As a result, the highlighter will not go deeply into the carpet, and the spot will become lighter. Blot, never rub!
  2. Create A Cleaning Solution – Take one teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent and mix it with four cups of warm water.
  3. Absorb – Blot the highlighter stain with a white clean cloth. Repeat until the spot is gone.
  4. Rinse & Dry –  Rinse the affected area with lukewarm water and dry it with a clean cloth.

What To do If You Can’t Remove The Makeup Stain

Unfortunately, makeup can stain your carpet among other surfaces. You may need to hire a professional carpet cleaner to safely remove makeup stains that are too tough to tackle on your own. Getting rid of these stains may be one of the many cleaning chores you have to do. Are you looking for quick and easy ways to keep your home’s carpets tidy? Schedule an appointment with our team today. Call us on the number below.

We offer our makeup stain removal services in the city, in Thornhill, further out in Whitchurch-Stouffville and also in Durham covering Bowmanville and more.


Note – Nowhere in this article have we mentioned using a store-bought cleaner or rub a stain. Always blot or dab a stain. And never use a branded store-bought cleaner. If you do this and the stain does not come out, no carpet cleaning company will be able to remove the stain.

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