How to clean makeup stains, a problem that has tormented fashionable people since the 17th century. Of course back then makeup was made with some questionable ingredients like asbestos and mercury but the problem is still relevant today.
We all want to look our best and incidents tend to happen at the worst possible moment. Imagine your mother visiting you in your new London apartment, and you drop a bottle of foundation on your new carpet or even worse nail polish. Going to that job interview with face powder stains on your shirt. Going to bed without removing your mascara only to wake up on a black pillow. These are all too common events that will result either in the buying of new clothes and furniture or in spending countless hours scrubbing and cleaning.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, here are some easy to follow steps that will make the cleaning process fast and simple.
Fast Cleaning Tips
Sometimes you just can’t clean the nasty stain immediately, but there are still some things that you can do to prevent further damaging of the fabric:
- Wet wipes are your best friend. Altho you won’t be able to completely remove the stain, the wipes are a good “first-aid” choice.
- Rubbing alcohol. It is good to have a bottle laying around. It can be used to remove almost all kind of stains if you don’t have time to go to the store and buy a specialised cleaner.
- Nail polish removal. As long it has no colour and it is acetone based, you can use it to clean makeup stains from carpets and upholstery. Use small quantities on a cotton ball and carefully clean the stain.
Damage Control for the Furniture in Your London Apartment
Many makeup stains that are damaging to your carpets and upholstery can be easily removed from your clothes by simply putting them in the laundry machine. Unfortunately, you can stick there your lipstick covered sofa, so the following advice will help you clean everything your Ariel can’t.
- Melted lipstick stains. Remember all lipsticks are oil-based which means you need to use something that removes oil-stains. A lot of dishwashing soaps can do this job. After scraping the excess product and biting the stain with a wet towel. Use a mixture of soap and water to rub the stain. Clean it with water and dry it with paper towels.
- Mascara. Put makeup remover on a cotton ball and gently blot the stain. Try not to wipe it. This will just make a bigger mess than before. After that use a mix of water and soap to clean the leftover spot.
- Eyeliner. Use the same technique as when cleaning a stain from a mascara.
Have an Impeccable Skin and Learn to Clean Fast
During the winter months the limited sunlight and cold temperatures make us go to incredible lengths to obtain that healthy caramel tan. Especially if you live in a place no enough sun, to begin with, London we are looking at you. However, self-tanners can soak incredibly fast into every fabric they make contact with. Unfortunately, the same goes for liquid foundations. You need to act fast to remove the stains quickly. It doesn’t matter if they are on your dress, sheets or upholstery, don’t let them dry. Here is what you need to do:
- Carefully remove any excess product, but be careful. Your goal is to clean it, not make it bigger.
- With a wet cloth blot the spot in order to remove as much as you can.
- Put a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide on the stain and rub it in.
- Using a brush or a hard sponge, rub the stain.
- Wipe it with a paper towel and continue until the stain is gone.
- For your upholstery or carpet: make a mixture of water and dishwashing detergent and clean the stain. Dry it with paper towels. If you can leave it under direct sunlight to completely dry.
- For your clothes: wash them and hang them to dry.
Powdery Cleaning Crisis in Your London Home
Powders are usually easy to clean mainly because you can dust most of them away, and the stain with which you are left is not that big. If you have dropped your powder or eyeshadows on the carpet here is what you need to do:
- Vacuum the scene of the crime.
- Make a mixture of a few drops of liquid soap and water (always use cold water.).
- Put it on a soft sponge, rub the stain until it is all gone.
- Dry the place with paper towels.
- If you have stains on your clothes, sheets or upholstery:
- Use the same mixture for the cleaning procedure.
- Wash the fabric and let it dry.