How to Get Makeup Stains Out of Carpet


From foundation spills to lipstick smudges, there are plenty of ways that makeup ends up on your carpet. These makeup stains can be a challenge to get rid of, but we've compiled our best tips for successfully removing makeup from your carpets. In this guide, you can find common questions, troubleshooting tips, and more expert help options from Zerorez®!

Can Makeup Stains Be Removed?

To get started, we need to know whether or not makeup can be lifted from carpet fibers.

Yes, makeup stains can be removed from carpets with the right cleaning techniques and products. Prompt action and thorough cleaning are key to effectively tackling makeup stains.

Type of Stain and Residue Left by Makeup

Different types of makeup leave behind different stains and residues on carpet fibers:

  • Foundation and concealer: These products often leave oily or greasy residues on the carpet, which can attract dirt and dust.

  • Lipstick and lip gloss: These products can leave pigmented stains on the carpet, which may require additional cleaning efforts.

  • Mascara and eyeliner: These products may leave dark, pigmented stains on the carpet, which can be challenging to remove.

Getting Makeup Stains Out of Carpet

Makeup stains can be challenging, but with the right approach, they can be effectively removed from your carpet. We will break it down into two categories: how to get liquid makeup out of carpet and how to get powdered makeup out of carpet.

How to Remove Liquid Makeup Out of Carpet:

  1. Scrape off any excess makeup using a spoon or blunt object.

  2. Blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much of the makeup as possible.

  3. Create your cleaning solution by mixing equal parts water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.

  4. Spray the solution directly onto the makeup stain.

  5. Allow the solution to sit and break down the makeup for the next 5-10 minutes.

  6. Blot the area with a clean cloth or towel.

  7. Repeat until the stain is gone.

This option works for foundation spills, as well as other forms of liquid makeup like highlighters.

How to Remove Powdered Makeup Out of Carpet:

  1. Start by vacuuming the area.

  2. Blot the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to lift as much of the makeup as possible.

  3. Put isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle and gently mist the area. Isopropyl alcohol works to break down oil-based spots, which most makeup stains are.

  4. Gently blot and repeat until the stain is gone.

This option works for eyeshadows, powder foundations, blushes, and other powdered makeup products.

However, lipstick can be harder to classify. For any pencil products like eyeliner, lipstick, or lip liners, use the powdered makeup removal method for the best results.

Troubleshooting Tips for Makeup Stains:

  • Act quickly to address makeup stains to prevent them from setting into the carpet fibers.

  • Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the stain, as this can spread it further and damage the carpet fibers.

Avoid using store-bought cleaners. Most contain bleach or alcohol, which can damage your carpet and make stains and discoloration appear worse.

How Zerorez Can Help:

Zerorez specializes in identifying and treating common household spots, including makeup stains. Our professional cleaning services utilize advanced technology solutions to remove stains and rejuvenate your carpet's appearance effectively.

By following the tips outlined in this guide, you can spot clean makeup stains from your carpet, restoring its beauty and cleanliness!

Contact Zerorez today to schedule a professional carpet cleaning service to Experience Clean®!

Make-up Removal

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