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How to get foundation out of the carpet

Accidentally dolled up your carpet as well as your face? Find out how to get foundation off carpet fibres with our super easy steps.

Updated By Cleanipedia Team

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For anyone who applies make-up in their bedroom, foundation stains on the carpet might be a familiar problem. There is no need to panic about these irritating marks, however! Our guide on how to get foundation out of the carpet is here to help. With our best tips, find out what gets foundation out of carpet and how to deal with these stains quickly, easily, and effectively.

How to Get Makeup Out of Carpet

So you're getting ready for the day - making sure your eyeliner is on point and that your complexion is looking flawless! And then suddenly, the unthinkable happens and you accidentally drop some foundation on the floor. And while long-lasting makeup is great for your face, it's not so good for your carpet. Luckily for you, there's no need to panic because we've seen it all before and have come up with a few helpful tips.

While finding out how to get foundation off the carpet, you might find the rest of your carpet could do with some attention.

You will need:

  • Cloth/absorbent paper
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Lukewarm water
  • Potato starch
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How to get foundation off the carpet: stain removal tips

Learning how to get make-up off carpet is easier than you think, so if you have a troublesome foundation stain, read on for easy removal tips and tricks.

  1. Blot the stain with a cloth or absorbent paper

    Getting foundation out of carpet needs to start by removing as much excess make-up as possible. If the stain is new, use a cloth or piece of absorbent paper to blot up the foundation. Never rub the stain, as this could make it larger and push the foundation deeper into the carpet fibres.

  2. Dab the foundation stain with a damp microfibre cloth

    Use some lukewarm water and dip a microfibre cloth into the water and wring it out. The cloth should be damp, but not saturated. Dab the foundation-stained area with your damp cloth. This will allow you to absorb more of the liquid.

  3. Add potato starch over the stain and soak for 24 hours

    Sprinkle a dusting of potato starch over what remains of the foundation stain. Allow this to soak for 24 hours.

  4. Vacuum the potato starch off the stain

    The next day, vacuum the area where you sprinkled the potato starch. This should remove any foundation or make-up stains on your carpet!

  5. If steps 1-4 don't work

    If steps 1–4 haven’t worked, it may be worth trying a commercial stain remover to get foundation out of the carpet. For these we have a few pieces of advice:

    Always read the instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer’s advice found on the label. Make sure you test the stain-remover on an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it doesn’t result in any adverse reactions on your carpet. Avoid any products that are chlorinated or bleach-based as these could lead to carpet discolouration.

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With this simple guide, you now have some great tips and easy steps for how to get make-up out of the carpet with ease. If it’s not your carpet but your clothes you’ve spilt it on, why not check out our guide to how to remove foundation stains from clothes?

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