Parents of teenagers know not to expect their bedrooms to be spick and span, but it can be hard to keep your cool when you discover make-up stains all over their carpet. But do not fear – here are our tips on how to get rid of those hard-to-remove blemishes.
What method you use to remove stains will depend on the type of make-up that has been dropped on to the floor. If you find foundation blotches on the carpet, you will first need to dab up any excess with kitchen paper, working from the outside of the stain inwards.
Then apply a small amount of lukewarm water on to the mark and continue dabbing until as much of the stain lifts as possible. After this, sprinkle some cornflour over the top and leave for up to 24 hours, as this will help any oil and water come away from the carpet fibres. You can then vacuum the area to remove the excess cornflour.
Mascara stains are something you are likely to have to deal with a lot, as the wands easily fall when creating those fluttering lashes. In this case, it is a good idea to use eye make-up remover for what it is intended to do – removing make-up!
Dab some on to a microfibre cloth and blot the stain gently, reapplying until the mascara comes away. You can then dampen another cloth with water and remove any remnants of the make-up remover from the carpet.
Lots of lipsticks these days claim to last several hours on our pouts, which makes them even harder to shift if they happen to fall on to our carpets instead.
That is why it is essential to act quickly, scraping away any excess lippie from the floor before treating it. Mix washing up liquid with white vinegar and warm water and dampen a cloth with this mixture. Blot the stain, absorbing the make-up from the carpet.
Rinse it with cold water and leave to air dry before vacuuming the carpet.
If these tricks don’t work, call our experts at Diamond Carpet Service for help!