Perfume stains are quite common, and can be a challenge to remove. In order to avoid this problem entirely, keep the cap on your perfume bottle when you aren’t using it so you don’t get any drips or spills on your clothes or furniture! But if you do get a stain… here’s how to get rid of it.
Step 1: Gather materials
-Toothbrush -Dish soap -Sponge/cloth -A set of old towels
The first step is to gather all the materials you’ll need. You will need a dish soap, something soft like an old towel or sponge, and your toothbrush. If the stain is really big, grab an old towel that you can soak up some of the water with once you’re done cleaning.
Step 2: Pre-treat
Preproofing the stain will help make sure that the solvents in the remover can reach all of the oils. In this case, though, there’s an easier way: put a white cloth over the area and let some hairspray soak into it. That should work just as well if not better than soap and water because most dry-cleaning fluids are made with acetone (which is highly effective at breaking down oils). If you’re dealing with a small spill or spot, blot up any liquid you can using paper towels or an absorbent cloth. Once they’re completely dry, grab a fresh towel and cover the area with detergent mixed with warm water.
Step 3: Sprinkle baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the spot and let sit overnight. Repeat this step until the stain disappears. Vacuum up the dry baking soda in the morning and pour club soda over the spot. Leave to soak in.
Step 4: Scrub at the spot with an old toothbrush (preferably bamboo)
It can be tempting to use our hands or even the pressure from a household vacuum cleaner, but this will only lead to a gritty buildup. Plus, using something abrasive can actually damage the fibers in the material. Instead, take an old toothbrush (preferably bamboo) and scrub away at the spot gently. Make sure you brush toward the center with short strokes and don’t rub too hard – this might even require doing more than one round of brushing in order to completely remove the stain. Once you’ve removed as much as possible, use a wet towel and wipe up any leftover residue that remains on the surface.
Step 5: Work in sections
- Use the vacuum cleaner as much as possible before beginning. This will pull up the substance from deep in the rug and allow you to concentrate your efforts. Make sure not to go back over this area with anything else – when vacuuming, it is best to go with straight lines, concentrating on one area at a time. You can make this easier by drawing an imaginary line down your carpet or sofa so that you know where you have already been.
- Apply some gentle scrubbing motion towards yourself (or in circles if you’re working on a wall) while pressing firmly down with clean towels soaked in mild soap and water mixture. Don’t forget to use gloves when doing this if the sofa is made of any material that could be damaged by acid in your skin.
Step 6: Let air dry completely before vacuuming
A quick and easy way to remove spilled perfume from carpets is with paper towels. Simply blot up the spill with paper towels and discard them, being careful not to spread the spilled liquid into an even bigger spot. For large spills, start by blotting the spilled liquid with paper towels. Then use detergent and water in a 1:1 ratio and add it onto the wet areas of the stain. Blot again with more paper towels until most of the liquid has been absorbed by these new cloths. Let this mixture sit on the carpet or rug overnight before vacuuming up any excess liquid that may have pooled up after air drying completely.