Apparel/Fabrics

Water-Based Cosmetic

For a water-based cosmetic, dampen stain and rub with bar soap or pre-treat with liquid, heavy-duty laundry detergent or a paste of granular laundry detergent and water. Launder.

Oil-Based Cosmetic

For an oil-based cosmetic, sponge with a commercial cleaner' or waterless hand cleaner. Rinse with water. Air dry. Apply detergent to stain. Launder. If stain remains, put a few drops of ammonia in light-duty liquid detergent solution and apply to stain. Rinse. Launder.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene, methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, Goof Off, M-1 Remover, Goo Gone, K2r. These products can be found at hardware stores, discount department stores, and grocery stores. HOMECARE 1-13

Lipstick

  1. Apply a commercial cleaner' or a pre-wash soil and stain remover. Blot with absorbent material. Continue treatment until pigment is removed. Rinse. Rub light-duty liquid detergent in stain until outline is gone. Launder. Repeat if necessary.
  2. Apply a commercial cleaner' and blot immediately. Continue until no more stain is removed. Sponge with water. Apply diluted hand dishwashing detergent and a few drops of vinegar. Blot frequently with absorbent material. Flush with water. Allow to dry. Sponge with alcohol. Allow to dry. Use chlorine bleach, if safe for fabric, to remove final traces of stain.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene, methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, Goof Off, M-1 Remover, Goo Gone, K2r. These products can be found at hardware stores, discount department stores, and grocery stores.

Suntan Lotion

Soak in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent, and 1 white tablespoon vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. Sponge with water. Wash. Soak in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon sodium perborate bleach for 30 minutes. Treat stained area with a commercial pre-wash soil and stain remover, let stand 1 minute. Wash.

CAUTIONS: 

  • Always read your care label before trying any stain removal method. Do not use any products or procedures prohibited by the care label.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness. 
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children.
  • When using caustic or commercial cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.

Carpet

Blended Fibers (Except Wool, Nylon), Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers, Wool

Eye Pencil/Eyeliner/Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Liquid Foundation, Mascara, Rouge

  1. Sponge stain using a clean cloth dampened with a commercial dry-cleaning solvent, being careful not to soak carpet. Using folded absorbent cloths, or paper towels, blot until as dry as possible. Allow to dry completely. Sponge with clean water. Blot again to remove moisture. Allow to thoroughly dry. Then brush area with hand to restore pile.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalies or bleaches with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Blot the stain using a clean cloth or sponge dipped in solution. Sponge with clean water and blot until as dry as possible.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • When using solvent-based cleaners on carpet or upholstery, be careful not to overwet the carpet or the fabric. Solvents can destroy the carpet backing and foam padding used in upholstery.

Synthetic Fibers, Wool

Lipstick

  1. Sponge the area with a dry-cleaning solvent. Blot immediately with absorbent material changing the pad so it picks up the stain. Blot until all stain is removed. let all the solvent evaporate.
  2. If the stain persists, apply a "Wet Spotter" (made by combining 1 part glycerin, 1 part white liquid dishwashing detergent, 8 parts water and a few drops of ammonia). Blot frequently with an absorbent material. Flush with water to remove all traces of the ammonia.
  3. If stain persists, apply a Wet Spotter to which a few drops of vinegar has been added. If fabric is strong enough, tamp or use a spoon. Flush with clear water. Allow to dry.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • When using solvent-based cleaners on carpet or upholstery, be careful not to overwet the carpet or the fabric. Solvents can destroy the carpet backing and foam padding used in uphol stery.
  • Ammonia damages silk and wool. If you must use on these fibers, dilute with equal amounts of water and use sparingly.
  • Do not use oil-based solvents on antique or fine Oriental rugs because the dyes may not stand up to the treatment.

Hard Surface Floors

Brick, Concrete, Stone/masonry (Except Marble), Tile (Except Ceramic) 

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge

Remove excess stain substance by sponging or gently scraping. Mix a solution of Washing (sal) Soda or a heavy-duty detergent with water. Scrub the stained area using a soft-bristled brush. Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry.

CAUTIONS:

  • When using Washing Soda, follow directions and cautions found on label.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.

Resilient (Linoleum, Vinyl), Ceramic Tile

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge:

Wipe any spills or brush away any excess stain. With a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water, wash the surface. Rinse well with water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Lipstick:

Mix a solution of warm sudsy water and a few drops of ammonia. Dip a plastic scouring pad (do not use steel wool) into the solution and rub gently. Rinse well and wipe dry.

CAUTIONS:

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.

Stone/masonry (Marble)

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge:

Wipe any spills or brush away any excess stain. With a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water, wash the surface. Rinse well with water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Lipstick:

  1. Mix a few drops-ol ammonia in 1 cup rubbing alcohol. Soak a white blotter with the solution and place it over the stain. Weight it down with a piece of glass or other heavy object. Continue applying the solution unti I the grease is drawn out and any remaining stain is bleached out. 
  2. If any color remains, make a poultice (or paste) of chlorine bleach, powdered laundry detergent and water. Apply to the stain and cover with a damp cloth to retard drying. Leave until stain has been bleached out.

CAUTIONS: 

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children. 
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.

Wood (Oiled, Polyurethaned, Varnished)

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge:

Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stain. Rinse with a cloth or sponge dipped in clear water and wrung almost dry. Wipe dry immediately with a soft cloth.

Lipstick:

Using a fine grade (#0000) steel wool pad, apply a solvent such as naptha or mineral spirits or solvent-based wood cleaning wax to the stain. Buff with a clean cloth. Add additional wax if needed.

CAUTIONS:

  • Do not use concentrated liquid commercial household cleaners or scouring powders.
  • Do not use water solutions or cleaners which have to be rinsed off with water.

Furniture

Wicker, Wood (Oiled, Polyurethaned, Varnished)

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge:

Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stain. Rinse with a cloth or sponge dipped in clear water and wrung almost dry. Wipe dry immediately with a soft cloth. Follow cleaning by polishing or waxing as usual.

Lipstick:

  1. Apply mineral spirits or naphtha to clean cloth. Wipe the stain with the cloth, rotating so that the clean surface continues to pick up the stain.
  2. Using a fine grade (#0000) steel wool pad, apply paste wax to the stain. Rub with the grain of the wood. Buff with a clean cloth.

CAUTIONS:

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children. 
  •  When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • Overwetting with water may cause the finish on the upholstery fabric to migrate and thus leave a circle in the treated area. 
  • Do not use concentrated liquid commercial household cleaners or scouring powders. 
  • Do not use water solutions or cleaners which have to be rinsed off with water.

Upholstered Furniture

Blended Fibers, Fiberglass, Fur, Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers, Wool

Eye Pencil/Eyeliner/Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Liquid Foundation, Mascara, Rouge:

  1. Sponge stain using a clean cloth dampened with a commercial dry-cleaning solvent, being careful not to soak upholstery. Using folded absorbent cloths, or paper towels, rotating to a clean surface as it picks up stain. Blot until as dry as possible. Allow to dry completely.
  2. Make a Dry Spotter by combining 1 part coconut or mineral oil with 8 parts dry-cleaning solvent. Apply Dry Spotter to stain, using a medicine dropper or syringe (being careful to not overwet the area). Cover with a pad of absorbent material dampened with the Dry Spotter. Allow to remain as long as any stain is being removed. Change the absorbent pad as it picks up stain, continuing to keep the pad moist with the Dry Spotter. When the stain is removed, blot with dry-cleaning solvent. Allow to dry completely then sponge with clean water.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalies or bleaches with cup of lukewarm water. Blot the stain using a clean cloth or sponge dipped in solution. Sponge with ( water and blot until as dry as possible.
  4. If the stain is on a delicate fabric, make a Wet Spotter by combining 1 part glycerin, 1 part liquid dishwashing detergent and 8 parts water. Add a few drops of ammonia to the solution. Apply the Wet Spotter to the stain, using a medicine dropper or syringe. Cover with a pad of absorbent material dampened with Wet Spotter. Allow to remain as long as any stain is being removed (continuing to keep absorbent material damp with Wet Spotter). Blot thoroughly. Allow to dry then sponge with clean water.

NOTE: A Wet Spotter can be stored in a plastic squeeze bottle with a small cap. Shake well before each use. Label the bottle before storing.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Alta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • When using solvent-based cleaners on carpet or upholstery, be careful not to overwet the carpet or the fabric. Solvents can destroy the carpet backing and foam padding used in upholstery.
  • Overwetting with water may cause the finish on the upholstery fabric to migrate and thus leave a circle in the treated area.

Fiberglass, Natural Fibers (Silk), Synthetic Fibers (Modacrylic, Rayon, Triacetate), Wool

Lipstick:

  1. Sponge the area with a dry-cleaning solvent. Apply a "Dry Spotter" made from 1 part coconut or mineral oil and 8 parts dry-cleaning solvent. Blot immediately with absorbent material. Continue sponging and blotting until all stain is removed. If stain begins to spread, flush or blot immediately with one of the liquid dry-cleaning solvents. Let all the solvent evaporate. Then sponge with clear water.
  2. If the stain persists, apply a "Wet Spotter" (made by combining 1 part glycerin, 1 part liquid handwashing detergent, 8 parts water and a few drops of ammonia). If the fabric is strong enough, tamp or use a spoon. Blot frequently with an absorbent material. Sponge lightly with water to remove all traces of the ammonia.
  3. If stain persists, apply a Wet Spotter to which a few drops of vinegar has been added. If fabric is strong enough, tamp or use a spoon. Flush with clear water. Allow to dry.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc.

CAUTIONS:

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness. 
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • When using solvent-based cleaners on carpet or upholstery, be careful not to overwet the carpet or the fabric. Solvents can destroy the carpet backing and foam padding used in upholstery.
  • Overwetting with water may cause the finish on the upholstery fabric to migrate and thus leave a circle in the treated area. 
  • Ammonia damages silk and wool. If you must use on these fibers, dilute with equal amounts of water and use sparingly.

Fur, Leather, Vinyl

Lipstick:

  1. Wipe stain with a cloth dipped in the suds of a mild detergent and water. Wipe with a clean d cloth.
  2. If the grease stain remains, powder the stain with an absorbent such as cornmeal. Give it plenty of time to work (2 - 3 hours or overnight). Gently brush it out. Repeat if necessary.
  3. As a last resort, dip a cloth in a commercial dry-cleaning fluid. Dab gently at stain. Do not rub.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • On leather only, you can follow with a leather saddle soap to condition the leather.

Natural Fibers (Cotton, Linen), Synthetic Fibers (Acrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester) - Lipstick

  1. If any stain remains, apply a commercial dry-cleaning solvent. Then apply a Dry Spotter made by combining 1 part coconut or mineral oil and 8 parts dry-cleaning solvent. Blot immediately with absorbent material. If stain beings to spread, flush or blot immediately with one of the liquid dry-cleaning solvents. Let all the solvent evaporate.
  2. If the stain persists, sponge with water, then apply a "Wet Spotter" (made by combining 1 part glycerin, 1 part liquid handwashing detergent, 8 parts water and a few drops of ammonia). Tamp and blot frequently with an absorbent pad. FIush with water to remove all traces of the ammonia. Allow to dry.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Oap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc. 

CAUTIONS:

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness. 
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • When using solvent-based cleaners on carpet or upholstery, be careful not to overwet the carpet or the fabric. Solvents can destroy the carpet backing and foam padding used in upholstery.
  • Overwetting with water may cause the finish on the upholstery fabric to migrate and thus leave a circle in the treated area.
  • Ammonia damages silk and wool. If you must use on these fibers, dilute with equal amounts of water and use sparingly.

Walls And Ceilings

Dry Wall/gypsum Board (Painted), Plaster (Painted), Paper (Plastic Coated, Vinyl Solid) - Lipstick

  1. Wipe any spills or brush away any excess stain. With a cloth or sponge dipped in warm, sudsy water, wash the surface. Rinse well with water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  2. If stain remains, add a few drops of ammonia to warm sudsy water and wipe. Rinse well, then dry with a clean cloth.

CAUTIONS:

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children. 
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.

Wood, Paneling (Painted, Stained)

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge:

Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stain. Rinse with a cloth or sponge dipped in clear water and wrung almost dry. Wipe dry immediately with a soft cloth.

Lipstick

Using a fine grade (#0000) steel wool pad, apply a solvent or solvent-based wood cleaning wax to the stain. Buff with a clean cloth. Add additional wax if needed.

CAUTIONS:

  • Do not use concentrated liquid commercial household cleaners or scouring powders.
  • Do not use water solutions or cleaners which have to be rinsed off with water. 

Metals - Stainless Steel

  1. Wipe any spills or brush away any excess stain. With a cloth or sponge dipped in warm, sudsy water, wash the surface. Rinse well with water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  2. If stain remains, add a few drops of ammonia to warm sudsy water and wipe. Rinse well, then dry with a clean cloth.

Other/interior

Acrylic Plastic, Ceramic Glass, Enamel, Glass, Plexiglas - Lipstick

  1. Wipe any spills or brush away any excess stain.- With a cloth or sponge dipped in warm, sudsy water, wash the surface. Rinse well with water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  2. If stain remains, add a few drops of ammonia to warm sudsy water and wipe. Rinse well, then dry with a clean cloth.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.

Alabaster - Lipstick

  1. Mix a few drops of ammonia in 1 cup rubbing alcohol. Soak a white blotter with the solution and place it over the stain. Weight it down with a piece of glass or other heavy object. Continue applying the solution until the grease is drawn out and any remaining stain is bleached out.
  2. If any color remains, make a poultice (or paste) of chlorine bleach, powdered laundry detergent and water. Apply to the stain and cover with a damp cloth to retard drying. Leave until stain has been bl eached out.

Marble

  1. Place a white blotter soaked in non-flammable dry-cleaning fluid* over the spot and let dry. Repeat several times if necessary.
  2. If stain remains, try bleaching with hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly to a flat marble surface. Apply it as a poultice (hydrogen peroxide mixed with a mild detergent or Whiting to form a paste) to a vertical marble surface. Add a drop or two of ammonia and let the poultice remain until the bubbling stops. Then rinse with water.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha.  These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.

Exterior Surfaces

Porches, Decks, Patios - Brick, Concrete, Masonry, Wood

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge:

Remove excess stain substance by sponging or gently scraping. Mix a solution of Washing (sal) Soda or a heavy-duty detergent with water. Scrub the stained area using a soft-bristled brush. Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry.

CAUTIONS: 

  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of·children.

Siding/walls Brick, Brick Veneer, Cement, Concrete, Stone, Wood

Eye Pencil, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Face Powder, Hair Spray, Hand Lotion, Mascara, Rouge

Remove excess stain substance by sponging or gently scraping. Mix a solution of Washing (sal) Soda or a heavy-duty detergent with water. Scrub the stained area using a soft-bristled brush. Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry.

CAUTIONS:

  • Washing Soda is highly toxic. Follow directions and cautions found on label. Do not allow it to touch skin. Wear rubber gloves.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used. 
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children. 
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.