Lipstick stain removal is essential knowledge if you love to wear makeup, or know someone who does.
No matter how careful we are with our lipstick it just seems to get all over things its not supposed to, and because it is generally bright colors like pinks and red it generally leaves a stain.
It can get on you with a kiss or a hug, or you might forget that tube of lipstick in your pocket and run it through the wash.
But you're not giving up your lipstick, are you?
You don't have to with these step by step instructions for how to remove lipstick stains from clothing, upholstery and carpet below.
Step 1: Scrape as much excess lipstick off the fabric as possible, without smearing it further.
Step 2: Pretreat the stain with a laundry stain remover.
Step 3: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
If this does not work, you can also try blotting dry cleaning solvent on the lipstick stain. Once the stain is removed launder as usual.
You may also find this article about how to remove these stains from clothing helpful, including the suggestions to use such items and household remedies such as shaving cream, mild bar soap, glycerin, rubbing alcohol, dish soap and denatured alcohol, among others.
Step 1: Scrape as much excess lipstick off the upholstery as possible, without smearing it further.
Step 2: For the lipstick still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe.
Step 3: Next, blot at the stain until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until the stains are removed from the upholstery.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for lipstick stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
If the above stain removal method does not work, however, for the carpet stain you can mix a solution of two cups cool water, one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and one tablespoon of vinegar, and using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting at the stain until the liquid is absorbed, and the stain removed.
Once the stain from the lipstick is gone use plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the carpet only as wet as necessary to remove the stain caused by the lipstick.
You may also find this video showing blotting techniques for removing lipstick stain from carpet helpful.
Do you have your own tip for removing stains from lipstick? If so, submit your tip about removing stains caused by lipstick here, or read other tips already submitted. This includes a round up of recommendations throughout the site for what stain removers work best on lipstick.
In addition, as you may have guessed, these stains are one of the top Halloween spots and spills. You can check out my article for removing the top 10 Halloween stains here, if you're a victim of such a scary problem!
Further, this is also one of the top Valentine's Day stains as well. You can check out the rest of them to make sure this romantic day stays enjoyable!
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
In addition, here are some other stain removal guide pages you may need, if you needed this one!
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Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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