Removal of (oil based) Makeup:
Removing oil based makeup can be difficult. Often we make it worse that it was since we smear the makeup and watch in horror as the spot grows larger and larger. In order to remove any oil based stain you will want to use some sort of a solvent. The most common solvent people have laying around that is fairly safe is finger nail polish remover (Acetone).
Things you will need:
- Nail polish remover
- An eyedropper or small spray bottle
- Several White cloths
- Small fan
First soak a couple of the cloths with warm water. Then apply a small amount of the nail polish remover to the spot. You should see the color of the makeup begin to lighten and start to run. Very quickly start to blot the spot with your wet towel. Continue to repeat this process until the spot is gone. It is important to remember not to rub the stain but to blot. You can learn more about this on our transference page in our carpet cleaning guide.
Once the spot is removed and any odor from the acetone is gone you will need to continue to blot with a dry cloth until relatively dry. Leave a small fan directly on the spot to ensure a fast dry time and do not walk on it for at least 24 hours.