How to Get Lipstick out of Carpet- what worked and what didn’t (with photos)
Last night Beast Baby decided to rub red Tarte lip crème into her BRAND SPANKING NEW light colored carpet. If you don’t know, we are in the middle of remodeling our new home, and things are crazy at our house. There is stuff everywhere, nothing is working out right, and my head may explode at any minute.
Yesterday, a brand new light fixture came falling from the sky and shattered everywhere.
Then our contractor told me that our new cabinets are falling apart.
And my husband forgot to prep the kitchen wall before painting, and everything bubbled up and peeled off. Warning: you may find the following photo triggering.
One day, I am going to write a post on the evils of buying a fixer upper and why Pinterest should have to pay for my remodel, but I digress.
So, I head upstairs and find red lipstick all over the carpet. Carpet, if you don’t know, is quite expensive. I was so distraught that I laid a towel over it, rocked my daughter to sleep, and walked right back out. First world problems, but I could not even deal with it.
I came downstairs and asked Google how to get lipstick out of our carpet, and I found a bazillion answers, but zero proof that any of them worked.
Lucky for me, we have scraps of carpet left over from our installation, so I decided to experiment with different products for removing the lipstick stains, which would be set in over night by the time I could get to them.
After testing a few different products, I let the carpet sit over night to be sure that it wouldn’t change the color of the carpet at all, and I repeated the process today in the sunlight, so I could show you what I found.
This is the lipstick she rubbed onto our carpet.
I know a lot of people are wanting to know how to get specific types of lipstick or lipgloss out of their carpet, so these are the ingredients in the lipstick that I removed:
ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cetyl ethylhexanoate, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, hydrogenated polyisobutene, polyethylene, triisostearin, polybutene, octyldodecanol, candelilla cera/euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax/cire de candelilla, paraffin, aroma/flavor, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, triethoxycaprylylsilane, passiflora edulis seed oil, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), red 7 lake (ci 15850), iron oxides (ci 77499), red 6 (ci 15850).
This is the carpet.
My daughter put a light layer of lipstick on our carpet, but I really ground it into the carpet for testing purposes.
These are our possible solutions. The carpet on the left looks more pink because it is the same piece of carpet I tested with last night. I also read that WD40 might work, but I can’t stand the smell of it, and I don’t want our carpet smelling like WD40.
Step one: dab the carpet with a clean cloth. Do not rub, or you will spread the lipstick further. Dab until you do not transfer lipstick to your clean cloth.
The solution that I read the most was rubbing alcohol, so I decided to try that first. It did NOT work at all. I dabbed until I was blue in the face, but the lipstick stayed.
Next up- Shout stain remover and plain dish detergent. Fail.
The last two solutions I tried are Goo Gone and Tide. The Goo Gone needed repeated dabbing and a little rubbing after application to get all of the lipstick out. Tide actually took out a good bit of the lipstick before I even touched it, but I was left with the blue color in the Tide and some of the orange pigment in the lipstick. A little bit of dabbing and rubbing worked both of those out.
I used Goo Gone on the carpet in my daughters’ room, but the Tide would have worked just as well.
There was a very faint pink tint to the carpet after the Tide and Goo Gone. I used my free and clear dish soap along with a little bit of water to remove that. All in all, I was able to remove all the lipstick from the carpet in five minutes or less. Be sure to use as little liquid as possible because you do not want to drive the color further down into the carpet or soak your carpet pad.
This is the carpet I cleaned in my daughters’ room. It helps you see the cleaned carpet in comparison to the rest of the carpet. It looks exactly the same. It is as though the whole lipstick in the carpet debacle never happened. Now I can go back to worrying about the rest of the house.