It’s a known fact that effortfully made and designed homes are close to the owner’s heart.
It’s a shame if any one of the things gets stained or tarnishedSpecifically, if we talk about the fabric items such as the carpets, bedsheets, and towels, getting stains out of them is hardBut, with the right methods and products, you can surely take it outNow, what will be your first instinct when you notice a big stain on your carpet? And that too, of a make-up productSpecifically, you gooey and mousy liquid foundation? You’ll be worried and that’s why this guide is here.
Considering the stubborn and fixated reputation of carpets, it is still possible to swipe the makeup off of your carpet. You don’t need to feel discouraged when the right methods and techniques exist out there. Almost all of the stains are easily removed from carpets by following these methods. Read along if your problem is similar because you’ll surely leave us great feedback.
Things to Ponder Over
There are multiple ways to remove carpet stains but the ones repeatedly used are below. The three basic resourceful steps are a complete guide to clean your carpets. It also depends on the newness and oldness of the stains. The initial steps you take to cater to such problems are crucial. The right cleaning technique also matters.
Firstly, you have to start wiping and scrubbing from the edges of the stain. Secondly, you move closer to the centre of the stain. Gradually, the stain starts to vanish from the surface. You have to use a dry cotton or towel cloth to scrub the stains. The cloth should also be non-dyed and fully absorbent so it doesn’t leave the colour behind.
Step 1: Remove foundation and/or make-up leftovers
Fresh stains are easy to wipe off instead of the old ones. It is always efficient to wipe the stain right after something falls on the carpet rather than waiting for it to dry. The dry stains take longer to go and need more scrubbing and products. Absorbent paper always comes in handy when the foundation stains your carpet. You blot the stain with absorbent paper and clean the leftover with a dry cloth by scrubbing around the surface. By scrubbing, we mean gently rubbing the cloth in a circular motion. Also, excessive rubbing can tarnish the carpet or its texture.
Step 2: Dissolve the stain in lukewarm water
Firstly, you have to try on the dry method above. If that doesn’t work, involve and incorporate the lukewarm water too. Moreover, don’t use any kind of detergent, soap or cleaning agent at this point. Firstly, you need to take dry cotton or absorbent cloth. Secondly, dab the cloth into the lukewarm water for a good 10 seconds and then start gently scrubbing around the stain. Start from the edges and slowly move towards the centre. Additionally, pour a good amount of potato starch on the area and leave it there for 24 hours. Potato starch is a known agent that removes carpet stains very seamlessly.
Vacuum the carpet after 24 hours and witness the clean surface area of the stain. If it still doesn’t go, try repeating the same process one more time and see if it helps. If it still doesn’t help, you might have to move towards a stronger method that involves cleaning agents.
Step 3: Use a carpet stain remover
The foundation stains should go if you religiously follow step 1 and step 2. If they persist to stay, then move to the methods that are a bit harsher. There are specific cleaning agents that are made for removing carpet stains efficiently, these universal cleaning agents are known to help but they involve bleaches and chlorinated fluids. That is why you have to follow the instructions and read the product guides before you take on them. The instructions for all products are different. So, repeating the same method for all carpet stain removers can discolour your carpets as well. Surprisingly, there are quite a few cleaning agents that come with very less chlorine and harsh ingredients. Make sure to pick those when you are on the lookout.
Note: Always test the cleaning agent on a little corner or area before you pour it over the whole surface. This helps to see the results and intensity it works with.
Does the foundation stain on the carpet re-appear?
After you complete all three steps, the stain should normally go. But, if it stays or leaves a little residue even after repeating the steps, the carpet needs an overall cleaning including the professional help in specific regard. Reach out to the cleaners and get your carpet professionally machine cleaned. This should be your last stop after you have tried everything. Hope it helps!