The little version of you emulates every move you make. They try so hard to be you, to make you happy and help out. Little ones especially. That’s why when they found your make-up bag they decided to try on everything. Lipstick, mascara, nail polish, the works. They dragged it into a secret location to surprise you of their natural make-up applying skills. In so doing, they also left little master pieces and works of art all over your carpet. Hopefully you laughed, at least after shedding a few tears, snapped a few pictures, or even got a little video before trying to figure out how to clean it up.
Orange County Steam Masters would like to help you in this endeavor and give you a few methods on cleaning and removing the various types of make-up from your carpets.
General Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal Equipment Needed:
White, clean cloths
Plain white paper towels
Spray bottle filled with clean, cool water
Plastic spoon if available, or regular spoon
Carpet Cleaning Solution for Each Make-up Product Stain:
Lipstick – Rubbing alcohol, or paint remover and dry cleaning fluid
Mascara and Eye-liner – in a separate container, mix 1/4 tsp liquid dish soap in 1 cup warm water
Liquid foundation – 3% hydrogen peroxide or if you prefer dry-cleaning solution
Powder base makeup (blush, eye shadow, powder foundation) – in a container, combine 5-6 drops of liquid clothing detergent with 1 cup cold water
Nail polish – Clear, non-acetone polish remover
– Always test any cleaning detergent, homemade remedy or commercial product in an inconspicuous area to ensure it does not compromise the carpet fibers or color.
– Avoid using any towels, cloths or paper towels with any kind of print or color, as this can transfer the dye onto carpet.
Carpet Stain Removal:
1. Remove the bulk of the make-up with a spoon, placing the contents onto a paper towel for disposal. Do not push the make-up product in to the carpet or try rubbing it away, as this only spreads it out further and pushes it in deeper.
2. With the appropriate remedy for the specific stain, apply the solution onto a clean cloth.
3. Using firm pressure, blot the stain with medicated cloth.
4. Repeat until stain is successfully removed.
5. For any make-up that has dried onto carpet, like the liquid foundation, leave the remedy on the stain for up to an hour if necessary. Apply the solution onto a clean cloth, and place the now dampened cloth on the stain.
6. If you decided to use dry cleaning methods, follow the label’s directions.
7. Once stain has been lifted, spray the area with water.
8. Blot with another clean cloth to lift any cleaner residue.
9. Place a few towels in the wet area and blot up the remaining moisture.
10. If the spot is fairly saturated, place the paper towel, or even a towel on the excessively wet area, and place some weights on top and allow to absorb over night.
11. Once the area is thoroughly dried; vacuum.