How to Remove Skin Lotion Stain from Carpet or a Rug

Skin Lotion Stain

Skin lotion stain on the carpet are not as common as other commonly found carpet stains. It may occur occasionally when you open the bottle and some droplets may fall on the carpet or when applying it to the skin. Still, it is essential to clean the lotion out of the carpet as early as possible. Skin lotion has an oily consistency. Hence, removing skin lotion stain from the carpet requires a different technique compared to other stains.

What do you need for carpet stain removal to get skin lotion out of the carpet?

Here is a list of the cleaning agents and tools that you will need to clean the lotion out of the carpet.


  • 1 tbsp liquid detergent
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Club soda
  • Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Citrus solvent
  • 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • Large spoon
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Towels / Paper towels

Step-by-Step Process of Removing Skin Lotion Stain

  • The initial step involves gently scraping off excess lotion out of carpet edges and working towards the centre.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner or towel to lift up the excess stain.
  • Mix liquid detergent with warm water to make a soapy carpet stain removal.
  • Apply this carpet stain removal on the lotion-stained area and let it remain for 5 minutes without soaking the carpet.
  • Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Rinse the carpet using warm water.
  • Vacuum or blot excess liquid.

(If carpet stain removal works effectively, no need to proceed with further steps.)

  • Apply any one cleaning solution for removing lotion out of carpet or rug – dry cleaning solvent, isopropyl alcohol, citrus solvent.
  • Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Rinse the carpet using warm water.
  • Blot excess liquid.

(If carpet stain removal works efficiently, do not proceed with hydrogen peroxide treatment.)

  • Mix hydrogen peroxide in warm water and apply this hydrogen peroxide mixture to the affected area. Let it remain for 25-30 minutes.
  • After applying hydrogen peroxide, cover the stained area with a towel to avoid exposure to light. Light reacts with hydrogen peroxide to alter its chemical properties.
  • Check the stain regularly. Observe any visible loss of colour.
  • Rinse the carpet using warm water.
  • Blot excess liquid.
  • The final step involves vacuum cleaning the carpet once it is dry.

Tips and Tricks

  • Rinsing is a key step in carpet stain removal. It helps to get rid of residues, which may attract dirt at a later stage.
  • Rinsing also helps the carpet fabric to return to a neutral pH after chemical treatment to clean the lotion out of the carpet has been completed.
  • Some lotion stains and spots may require the same procedure to be carried out multiple times for removing the lotion from the carpet completely.

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