Secret Cleaning Techniques from a Retired Detailer; Lipstick, Ink and Shoe Polish Stain Removal

So you have found this site that searches the Internet and wants to find a way to remove lipstick tracks from car seats. I bet a certain former president wants him to go back in time and remove all traces of lipstick spots anywhere? Why are lipstick stains so hard to get rid of. Not that you are trying to get rid of candy strips on everything as personal. But when it comes to fabric it can be a real challenge that you know well. What does lipstick contain? Well, the basics are simple enough;

"Colors and oil-like substances"

is the simple answer. The more involved answer can be better said by the experts in the cosmetics industry. Here's what they told us, don't quote me on it and you might want to think twice the next time you kiss someone or something that carries Tangerine Lipstick or lip gloss: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octydodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba ) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silicon, Isopropyl Paraben, Isobutyl Paraben, Butyl Paraben. May contain: Mica Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, Yellow 5. Yuk !!!! And you can see why the chemists in the auto detailing, on-site detailing industry have tough time with it. Any dermatologist will tell you this is bad news;


Now you have this on the car's car seat. Why? Well, they didn't kiss the seat, their handbag fell over and ran out and the lid appeared and it was a hot day and the lipstick melted on and into the fabric of the seat. Now it's your problem as a member of Car Washing and Professional Detailing Industry. So what do you do?

First, we recommend using a plastic razor blade and scrapping as much as possible first. Then you need a quick dry solvent, we choose lighter fluid, it evaporates quickly and dissolves quickly with a little odor. If you do not have plastic razors, use a business card to scrape it. If you fold the business card in half it works best. In this way you get a double-edged shave and can scrape the head of the lipstick first. Many advanced car manufacturers such as Audi, Porsche, BMW, Cadillac, Volvo, Mercedes recommend their own brands of cleaners for interiors, which generally consist of powder for Soud cleaning agents. Well, let's warn you that your wonderful intentions will not work on the lipstick. So you can kiss that idea farewell. If you find a fabric is a bit faded you may want to dab the solvent or put it on the corner of a towel first, not paper towel, use terryduk. Then gently lump the stain and see if it removes the stain without removing the paint.

By the way, it will also work on shoe polish polish sandwich spots on their cars. Shoebox's sandwich is a way that locals can get an alcoholic buzz by putting BLACK (only) shoe cream on a piece of bread that lets it suck by filtering out the alcohol to get high. The bread is then discarded into a local Humvee owned by US forces. The black shoe kit when it gets hot melts into the car, good !!! But remember that shoe polish can leak when taken to the height of a seller's road trip on the back seat or in the luggage. We cleaned it once from a golf bag when the car's operator forgot to bring it to his cupboard at the Local Country Club, leaked it over his favorite golf bad, high golf shirt, wild socks and interior car. We could get it out of the baggage and outside the golf bag for a nice tip.

Error markers can also leave spots and these procedures work well on them as well. Good luck, you are starting to become a good Professional Detailer.