Having a teenage daughter in the house can mean that makeup stains are a common occurrence on carpets. While these stains may appear permanent, there are some effective techniques to remove them without damaging the fibers. The first step is to remove as much of the makeup as possible with a dry microfiber cloth. Then, mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with water in a spray bottle and soak the stain with the solution.
Use the cloth to scrub the base and the soapy water, and then rinse the area with a clean, damp kitchen towel. Allow the carpet to air dry. For tougher stains, you can use a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution and clean water. Dip a portion of a clean, white cloth in the undiluted hydrogen peroxide and rub it directly onto the stain. Repeat this process with a clean section of the cloth each time.
Once the stain is gone, add clean water to the area to dissolve the hydrogen peroxide. If you find that these techniques are not enough, professional carpet stain removal services are available. However, it is important to note that some videos suggest harsh chemicals and cleaning solutions that can damage the fibers of your carpet. Therefore, it is best to avoid rubbing with dishwashing soap and a hand brush. Instead, press and hold a towel over the makeup stain to see if it transfers to the towel. If it does, this is an excellent sign that you are removing the stain naturally without any harsh chemicals.
If not, you may need to hire a professional carpet cleaner. Using these techniques will help ensure that your carpet remains undamaged while removing tough makeup stains. After removing as much foundation as possible on your own, use warm water and a clean cloth to remove any remaining stain. As moisture darkens everything, any remaining makeup stain should lighten as the carpet dries.