Cleaning Makeup Stains from Wool

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 5, 2016)


Have you ever had a favorite wool coat, hat, or other kind of garment and found a makeup stain on it? If so, then chances are you freaked out just a little bit when you first saw it. This is somewhat understandable since wool can often seem pretty difficult to clean by itself, and makeup stains are always difficult to try and clean up. Well, luckily cleaning makeup stains from wool is easier than you may have thought. This means that you no longer need to hide your favorite coat, ditch that favorite hat, or hide that sensational sweater. All you need to do is follow these simple steps to get your wool makeup free.

  1. Brush the wool. Use a stiff bristled brush to help remove a majority of the makeup. Be careful when doing this that you do not spread the stain at all. This means that you should use very short, forceful strokes to remove the dried makeup. Brush the makeup onto a piece of paper, and discard when finished.
  2. Flush the area. Flush the stained area with some dry cleaning solvent. In addition to helping loosen up the remaining stain from the wool fibers of the garment, this will also help get rid of any residue from old stain removers as well. Dry cleaning solvent can be picked up at most dry cleaning stores, as well as at most grocery and department stores.
  3. Use dry spotter. Apply a little bit of dry spotter (which can also be picked up at any dry cleaning store) with an absorbent pad or clean white cloth. Press hard on the stained area to help work the spotter in, and to remove the stain, but do not rub. Allow the spotter to sit for five minutes, and then check the stain.
  4. Alternate soaking and pressing. Repeat steps two and three until no more makeup comes up. Be careful when you do this that you do not rub the stained area since this can actually make the stain worse.
  5. Flush with water. Flush the area of the stain with water to get as much of the dry cleaning solution and dry spotter as possible. Blot dry the area to dry it.
  6. Check and repeat. Allow the area to become completely dry before checking to see if you are finished. If not, then repeat the entire process again. Do this as many times as necessary to remove the stain.

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Lee Wyatt

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What is five less than 8?

2017-03-26 13:08:47

Annemieke Blondeel

I need advice for a delicate knitted lambswool cardigan, where my makeup has stained the collar. Brushing this delicate item seems rather harsh... Do you have any suggestions? Many thanks in advance!

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