Although your favorite shade of lipstick may look great on your lips, it probably does not look as good on your carpet. If your customer’s child got a hold of a lipstick, or he or she accidentally stepped on a dropped tube, grinding it into the carpet, its important to act fast to remove it. The sooner you begin the attempt, the easier removal will be
1)Remove large pieces of lipstick. Use a spoon or dull knife to carefully scrape and remove any large pieces of lipstick from the carpet. Try to avoid pushing the pieces further into the carpet.
2)Test a cleaning product on a corner of your carpet. Lipstick stains attach to the carpet fibers with grease, so you will need a cleaning product that dissolves grease or oils such as The DryMaster Vanish. Other all-purpose stain removers may work, as will dry cleaning fluid. However, these may discolor your carpet.
3)Blot with the DryMaster Vanish (grease remover). Apply with a sponge or cloth. Press repeatedly over the stain, switching to a clean side if the cloth becomes heavily stained. Avoid rubbing, which may work the lipstick further into the carpet fibers or spread it to a wider area. Depending on the cleaning product, lipstick, and freshness of the stain, (you may spray the Vanish product onto your carpet and let sit five minutes before blotting). this step may remove the lipstick on its own.
- Even if the stain is removed, skip to the end of this section for instructions on cleaning up traces of the solvent.
4)Repeat if you are seeing good results. If most of the stain has been removed, launder or rinse out the sponge or cloth, then apply more of the Vanish and blot. Two or three attempts may be enough to remove the stain.
5)Hand wash the Vanish and stain remnants. Wash your carpet afterward to remove traces of the Vanish. Hand wash the area with a white cloth and a small amount DryMaster Remove -X (General Cleaner) with warm water. (Ratio of 1;3,- For each part of DryMaster Remove -X use 3 parts of water).
6)Rinse and dry the area. Rinse the carpet with clear, cool water, then blot it dry with a clean cloth.
Keep in mind that stain removal such as lipstick is considered “special stain removal Service” and you should charge extra for it!! Anywhere between $50-100 per 4″ Diameter stain.