How To Get Lipstick Out Of Carpet

Lipstick is part of most people’s make-up routine.

It comes in various colors and adds the final touch before a great night out or an important business meeting.

However, lipstick does not add the final touch to your home carpet.

Whether you accidentally dropped it or your child was experimenting, you don’t need to panic about lipstick on your carpet.

We’ve done the research, and learning how to get lipstick out of carpet is easy.

All you need are a few very common household cleaning items to get the lipstick out of carpet so that you can get on with your day.

What You’ll Need

You’ll need a few common household items to get lipstick out of your carpet.

Now that you’ve assembled the materials, read on for step-by-step instructions on how to remove lipstick stains from your carpet.

1. Remove as much lipstick as possible

Lipstick is easiest to remove from the carpet if it is still fresh, so as soon as you realize that your carpet is wearing lipstick, act quickly.

Grab a spoon or a dull table knife and gently scrape off as much lipstick as possible.

Remove any big chunks while trying not to grind them into the carpet.

2. Apply your favorite degreaser to the stain

Once all of the pieces of lipsticks are gone, you will need to address the stain left behind.

Grab your favorite degreaser or stain remover and apply to the stain.

If you are looking for a good degreaser product, try Chemical Guys CLD_201_16 Signature Series Orange Degreaser that I found on Amazon.

It is a best-seller and gets excellent reviews.

Although you should press the degreaser into the lipstick stain, be careful not to rub.

Rubbing will grind the lipstick deeper into the carpet.

Using a fresh cleaning cloth, blot the affected area. 

Continue to blot the affected area with the stain remover, changing cleaning cloths as the lipstick transfers from the carpet to the cloths.

You may have to apply the degreaser two or three times to remove the stain completely, but continue to blot as long as you continue to see results.

Depending on how fresh the lipstick stain is, this may be enough to remove the lipstick altogether.

Pro tip: You can also sponge the affected area with dry cleaning solvent if you have some at home. It can effectively remove lipstick stains, but it is also a strong chance to stain your carpet. If you choose to sponge the stain with dry cleaning solvent, test it on an inconspicuous area of your carpet first to ensure it will not create an additional stain.

3. Wash affected area with detergent and water

After blotting the affected area with stain remover, mix 1 cup of warm water with one teaspoon of detergent.

Dish or laundry detergent works well here.

You can add one teaspoon of dry-cleaning solvent to the mixture for added effectiveness.

Blot the affected area with this solution using a wet cleaning rag until the lipstick stain, and all traces of the degreaser are gone.

4. Rinse and blot dry

Rinse the area with cool water once the lipstick stain is completely gone.

Doing this will remove any traces of soap left behind.

Then, blot dry. You may need to use several rags to dry the area thoroughly, but the carpet must be completely dry. 

Pro tip: If you are pressed for time, you can substitute this step with wet paper towels. After washing the affected area with your soap and water mixture, place several damp paper towels over it. Weigh the paper towels down with a heavy object and wait for the towels to dry. It will serve a similar effect. Just make sure to check on the area later to ensure it has completely dried. 

Here is a video demonstrating how to remove lipstick from carpet.

0:10—Spray the lipstick with your favorite degreaser or stain remover.

0:18—Press the degreaser into the carpet until the lipstick begins to transfer to your cleaning cloth.

0:34—Mix 1 cup of warm water, one teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and one teaspoon of dry-cleaning fluid or fabric cleaner.

0:42—Blot the lipstick stain with your cleaning solution. 

1:02—If you do not have a stain remover, pour some rubbing alcohol onto a sponge, and apply to the lipstick stain.

1:13—If you use the rubbing alcohol solution, follow it with a cleaning solution composed of 3 parts water and 1 part powdered laundry detergent. 

1:24—Pat the affected area with a clean, damp cloth to remove the lipstick stain.

1:31—Blot dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other method can I use to remove lipstick from the carpet if I don’t have a degreaser at home?

If you do not have a good degreaser or stain remover at home, you can also use rubbing alcohol to get lipstick out of your carpet.

After removing as much lipstick as possible, pour some rubbing alcohol onto a sponge.

Blot the affected area with the sponge, rinsing it out as the lipstick transfers onto it from the carpet.

Rubbing alcohol is a strong degreaser, so be careful not to use more than necessary.

Soaking the carpet with rubbing alcohol could damage the carpet backing, so only use as much as necessary. 

Once you have blotted with the rubbing alcohol, wash the area with a 3 to 1 solution of water and laundry detergent.

Rub the paste on to get the rest of the lipstick stain out.

Finally, dampen a fresh cleaning cloth with cool water.

Thoroughly clean the affected area with cool water and pat dry.

Can Vinegar Remove Lipstick Stains?

Yes, but it is best to use a solution comprised of white distilled vinegar and liquid dish soap.

Mix half a cup of white distilled vinegar with a tablespoon of liquid dish soap and blot the lipstick stain until they are removed.

You can use this same solution on more fabric than carpet.

It can be used in car upholstery as well.

Can Hairspray Remove Lipstick Stains?

You can use hairspray to remove lipstick stains from the carpet but it must be done carefully.

The first thing to do is test your carpet or rug to make sure the hairspray doesn’t damage it.

Your carpet or rug could have different fabrics that can possibly be damaged by hairspray.

Choose a hidden spot and spray a very small amount of hairspray to test and ensure it’s safe to spray liberally.

If it doesn’t react, you should be safe to spray it liberally onto your lipstick stain and it will remove it effectively.

Why does lipstick stain?

Lipstick is a grease stain, although it does also have dyes involved.

The grease holds the lipstick to the carpet fibers, making it difficult to remove altogether.

The best way to take care of lipstick stains is to use a degreaser.

A degreaser will loosen the bonds caused by the grease, allowing you to clean the lipstick out of your carpet more quickly.