What is your number?
Is it a 205 sassy red? Or maybe a 326 insolent pink? Maybe something in between or entirely different? Regardless you will be armed with your favourite lipstick colour this Valentine’s day and ready to mark. The lipstick on his colour says that he’s yours, right?
As exiting as the idea of marking your man sounds you have to be prepared for having to clean that same lipstick later on. Often just washing the cloths isn’t enough.
Here is a complete guide on how to clean lipstick stains from any fabric:
Cotton, linen, acrylic fabrics, nylon, polyester, olefin and spandex are all materials from which clothing is made. An accidental brush against your lips is enough to colour the white fabric. It’s always handy to know how to clean the stain rather than smear it:
- Treat the lipstick with stain with a detergent; read the label if the cleaning solution needs time to take effect let the fabric rest;
- Rinse with warm water
- If the stain remains than soak the clothing into a solution of water and enzyme containing detergent, as instructed on the label and let it soak as long as necessary
- Immediately put it in the washing machine
Dropping your lipstick on your favourite white carpet is not the end of the world. Regardless of whether your carpet is made out of wool or synthetic you can clean it with the right method. Other non-washable fabrics are fibreglass, silk, modacrylic, wool, rayon and triacetate:
- Pour a dry cleaning cleaning over a sponge and gently rub the stain, starting from the centre outwards
- Apply a dry spotter and dry immediately with an absorbent pad
- Repeat the process until you remove the stain
- Let it rest before washing the stain off with a little bit of water
- Clean the lipstick again with a little bit of wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia;
Important: Do not use ammonia with wool and silk
- Dry with an absorbent pad and wash the ammonia off with water
- Apply the wet spotter once again, along with a few drops of white vinegar
- Wash with water and let it dry
In our Cleaning After Halloween (Part 2) article we’ve explained how hard lipstick is to get out of fabrics and you can find an explanation on how to clean it off your upholstery. However depending on the amount of stains you might want to let someone else take care of your carpets and sofas.
The big problem is that lipstick is made of three different types of materials – oils, waxes and pigments that need to be treated in three different ways.
Alcohol happens to be great at treating all three.
- Taken a clean white cloth
- Dab it in some alcohol
- Blot the stain
Important: Do not rub over the stain, because you will spread it. Simply blot it gently.
- Repeat until the lipstick has been completely cleaned
We hope you find this tips useful and that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!
Author: Anita Ford