Stain-Removal Chart: Treating Lipstick Spots
As stain-removal expert Jonathan Scheer explains, lipstick smudges that you thought would permanently mar a piece of fabric like a linen napkin or an item of clothing can be removed with the following technique: Begin by scraping any residue off the fabric with the edge of a dull knife. Apply acetone with an eyedropper to the underside of the fabric. Tamp down, and repeat. Flush the area with alcohol; tamp down, and repeat. Rinse thoroughly with detergent premix, apply sodium percarbonate mix, such as Snowy bleach, to remove any remaining dye, and then wash in hot water with detergent.