Q+A: Lipstick Stains

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Q+A: Lipstick Stains

“I was wondering if you could give me any tips to help me get lipstick stains out of fabric… I have tried several products to no avail.”


Restaurants, hotels and hospitals all have to deal with stained linen. A common culprit is lipstick. Lipstick stains can ruin any type of linen if it not properly cared for. To prevent such a disaster try this method to remove lipstick stains.

Lipstick is made of animal fat and dye. The first step is to remove the animal fat. The most effective way to remove the animal fat is to use alcoli. A good substitute for alcoli is peroxide or oxiclean. Apply the peroxide or oxiclean on the stain and let it set.

Next apply hairspray. The hairspray will be able to remove the dye. Let the hairspray set for a few days. Apply small amounts throughout. On the last day while the linen is still wet or damp from the hairspray put in the washer.

We hope you find this method useful if you ever find unwanted lipstick stains on your linen.

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