Yesterday my daughter smeared Lipstick in the Carpet when she was supposed to be napping. I couldn’t even bring myself to clean it while it was fresh (mistake #1) because I was so upset. Not only did she ruin the boys bedroom carpet, she also destroyed my lipstick, blush, eyeliner, and my makeup brushes. Toddlers are notorious for pulling this crap, and this is not the first time this has happened. When my boys were toddlers John poured out every container of my expensive Bare Minerals make up, but at least most of it made it into the toilet.
Anyway, after I got over the anger of her destroying what I had left of a make-up collection I decided I would tackle the job today. I think it went pretty well. I worked on the stain for about 1 hour, and am happy with the results, but I will be steam cleaning the carpets today in hopes of getting rid of the new pink tone of the carpet.
Here are the basic steps I took to get Lipstick out of the Carpet:
- Scrape with a butter knife to loosen up the carpet fibers and scrape away any excess lipstick. Then vacuum the carpet.
- Spray with Goo Gone and let sit for 3-5 minutes. The packaging says to dab with a paper towel, but I used a bath towel and dabbed then rubbed vigorously.Afterwards I vacuumed the carpet.
- After doing the above step twice I mixed vinegar and Dawn dish-liquid, and wet the area. I scrubbed it again with a towel, and let it dry. Then I vacuumed it.
- For the final step I used the Goo Gone again and scrubbed away anything else I could get to come up.
Like I said, I am not happy with the final picture so I will be steam cleaning the carpet to try to get the remaining lipstick up. If I would have cleaned it when it happened, I would probably see no signs of the lipstick!
Do you have any tips for getting Lipstick out of carpet? I would love to hear them!