How to get fake tan out of carpet

Orange stains from fake tanning can be tricky to remove! Read on for tips & tricks on how to get fake tan stains out of different fabrics with this simple guide.

Updated 8 April 2020

By Cleanipedia Team

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How to get fake tan out of carpet

When summer comes around, everyone wants to have a sun-kissed glow! Fortunately, with fake tanning products, we don’t have to jet off to exotic places to look bronzed all year round. However, fake tan can leave troublesome orange stains, which can be tricky to remove if you don’t know the best method: use this video to learn how to get fake tan out of clothes, sheets, and carpets effectively.

As with most stains, the trick with removing fake tan from clothing and other fabrics is to move fast – do not allow the stain to dry and set!

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How to Remove Fake Tan from Clothes: Washable Fabrics

Some fake tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colour additive, which makes your skin darker for a few days or even weeks. If it gets on fabric, it won’t cause a permanent stain immediately, but will eventually set. So remember to act fast, ideally while the stain is still wet. Removing fake tan from clothes can be quite easy if the fabric is machine washable. The same goes for towels and sheets, which are generally machine washable.

  1. Check the garment care tags.Pay particular attention to any specific instructions on washing or stain removal.
  2. Flush the back of the stained fabric with cold running water or sparkling water. Hold the reverse of the fabric under the tap or – if that’s impossible – saturate the stain with cold and/or sparkling water. This will help loosen the fake tan particles and drive them out of the clothing fibres. Do not rub the fabric.
  3. Mix a solution of soapy water and dab at the stain. Mix up a water and laundry detergent solution; in a pinch, even dishwashing liquid mixed with water can work. Use your fingertip to work the solution into the stain, then rinse, repeat, and continue sponging with the solution until the stain is gone. You can also try a commercial stain remover – follow the instructions on any product labels to ensure safe and effective use.
  4. Launder as usual in the washing machine, and the stain should be gone. Cottons, towels, and sheets should be washed in the washing machine with a biological detergent like Persil Bio. Always follow the guidance on the garment care tags.
  5. Do not tumble-dry fabrics or hang in the sun until the fake tan stain is thoroughly removed. Otherwise, the heat will cause the stain to set.

If your garment is made from a dry-clean-only fabric, it is essential that you refer to the relevant steps below.

How to Get Fake Tan Off Clothes: Whites, Delicates, & Non-Washables

These further steps can help if your garment is white, or if it isn’t machine-washable. Remember to test any stain remover on an inconspicuous area of fabric to see it does not damage your garment, and to read the instructions on the label first.

How to remove fake tan from white clothes:

  • Oxygen-based bleach: This is one possibility for how to remove fake tan from white clothes. Mix a solution according to the oxygen-based bleach instructions with cool water. Soak the garment for up to eight hours, rinse, and repeat if the stain persists. Eventually, launder as normal in the washing machine. Remember – always test any new product on a small area first.

How to remove fake tan from clothes that can’t go in the machine:

  • Glycerin: Another option for a fake tan stain remover is glycerin, which can be applied to small areas on non-machine-washable fabrics. Again, spot-test first in an inconspicuous area, and dab away to lift the fake tan stain.
  • Professional Dry Cleaners: A professional cleaner should always be consulted if your garment is particularly delicate or important, or if it is dry-clean only. Take it to them as soon as you can, while the stain is still fresh.

Removing Fake Tan Stains from Carpets

An accidental spill of fake tan on your carpet can be removed with enough dedication and elbow grease. Follow our steps below:

  1. Blot as much fake tanner as possible from the carpet, using either kitchen roll or tea towels you don’t mind staining.
  2. Mix a solution of warm water and a good quality laundry liquid, or even dishwashing liquid. Use a clean cloth or sponge to apply the solution to the stain, and gently scrub away in a circular motion.
  3. If the stain persists, scrub the soapy solution into the carpet fibres with a clean, old toothbrush. You can also use a specialist carpet cleaning product – just follow the directions on the label, and test the product in a small area first.
  4. Rinse thoroughly by blotting with clean water and a sponge or towel.
  5. Vacuum the carpet to lift any remaining fake tan residue.

Go ahead: use fake tan to achieve that enviable sun-kissed glow, and worry less about staining your clothes. With our handy guide to help, you can continue looking tanned and summery in your clean clothes all year round.

What every fake tanner needs to know.

How to get fake tan out of carpet

Lots of us are now opting for a tanned look, especially over the summer months. Whether you want to maintain a golden glow or just want to look bronzed regardless, fake tan is a great way to do it.

But, whilst it may make you look and feel great, applying fake tan isn’t always a hassle-free process. Bed sheets, bras, and even the bathroom floor all run the risk of becoming stained by fake tan.

To avoid permanent damage, here are some tips from our experts to make sure you don’t end up with orange stains everywhere.

How to get fake tan out of carpet

Treat fabrics

Your clothing, towels, and bedsheets are all fabrics most at risk of becoming stained by fake tan. Luckily, unless your garments are white or pale, fake tan stains will usually come out on your standard 40C wash.

For stubborn stains however, you’ll need a more targeted approach. Wash the item on the highest temperature the care label allows and add in a pre-wash stain removal powder. The Fairy Non-Bio Stain Removal Powder is our top-scoring powder. If you don’t want to add a powder to the whole wash, opt for Dr. Beckmann’s Pre-Wash Stain Devils, this stain remover comes with an applicator brush which is ideal for quickly tackling focussed marks.

If you don’t have time to buy either of these stain removers, you can try a home-made remedy. Place half a cup of bleach in a bucket of warm water to make a cleaning solution.

For wool and silk, treat these fabrics with a warm solution of washing-up liquid and water. Follow this up with a 30C wash.

GHI TIP: If you’re a regular fake-tanner or are just starting out, choose a darker or coloured towel to be your dedicated fake-tan-towel as there are only so many times it’ll come out of lighter colours before they stain. For those who like to fake tan before bed (and shower it off in the morning) be prepared to wash your sheets the next day or sleep on a large towel.

How to get fake tan out of carpet

Wipe surfaces

As with hair dye, wipe up any spills or drips of fake tan as soon as possible to avoid stains.

Be careful where you stand when you apply your fake tan, keep away from porous surfaces, like wooden floors, or tiles with grout, as these can absorb fake tan easily. We’d recommend standing on a towel when fake tanning. And find somewhere to pop the bathroom mat, too!

It may not be immediately obvious if you’ve stained your grout with fake tan. Look out for pink/orange build-ups. Thankfully, they take little more than a solution of one part bleach to four parts water to remove. Alternatively, try The Pink Stuff, as it cleans grout quickly and effectively.

How to get fake tan out of carpet

Don’t ignore clear tan

Don’t be deceived by clear fake tans, whilst these tans don’t deposit colour immediately, they will transfer onto clothes, bedding, and towels just like instant tans.

Do be aware that any fake tan – invisible or otherwise – can transfer onto your clothes or bedding when you sweat, even if it’s not during the developing time.

This means that even three or four-day-old tans that have been through a few showers still run the risk of transferring from your underarms onto your bra straps. Or from your feet onto your socks, particularly if you’re wearing enclosed shoes.

You can try to reduce the impact of fake tan stains by opting for dark underwear and socks to make them less visible. To get rid of stains, always wash items on a 40°C after wearing them. You can also try spot-treating any stubborn stains with Dr Beckmann Stain Devils – Nature and Cosmetics.

How to get fake tan out of carpet

Use the best

To achieve the best, most natural-looking tan, always opt for the best. The GHI beauty expert have rounded up their highest-scoring tanning products.

For an even facial tan, we rate the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops. These scored an impressive 93/100 and achieve 100% satisfaction from testers. They commented that it absorbed well into the skin and produced a “believable golden tan”.

If you’d prefer to build your tan up naturally choose Elemis’ Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion. This gradual tan scored 89/100 in GHI tests. Panellists loved its lightweight texture and that skin felt well moisturised after application.

Friday, January 28, 2011

How to remove fake tan from a carpet

7 comments:

Hello, I’ve got two very dark stains from where my sister’s fake tan bottle has leaked on our new cream carpet and just wanted to check roughly how much to use on one single patch? and also, is it like a bleach where it might change the carpet a slightly different colour to the original? Do you have to wait for it to be completely dry then use a vacuum or mix it with water or anything? just use it pure?
Thank you very much

Many thanks for your question. Yes it is like a mild bleach and changes the colour very slightly but you hardly tell the difference . Do not mix it with water – use as it is . Definitely check on another are of your carpet first. You should see results straight away but I would let it dry before you do anything else.

Hey, would this work on a darker carpet?

Hi Tallulah. It’s depends on he carpet. I would do a patch somewhere first. It works by lightening the stain so it depends how dark your carpet is. You could always stain over it with something like hair dye that matches your carpet if the peroxide doesn’t work. Just make sure the dye matches perfectly x

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How to get fake tan out of carpet

Sunless tanning lotions and creams work through an agent called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which interacts with the amino acids in skin cells to alter the colour to a darker shade. The colour fades as the coloured skin cells naturally fall off in a few days. While sunless tanning products provide an effective method of dying the skin, if spilt, they can also effectively dye other surfaces, such as carpet. Removing a sunless tanning product from carpet can take some effort and should be attempted almost immediately after the spill has occurred, to prevent permanent damage.

  • Sunless tanning lotions and creams work through an agent called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which interacts with the amino acids in skin cells to alter the colour to a darker shade.
  • While sunless tanning products provide an effective method of dying the skin, if spilt, they can also effectively dye other surfaces, such as carpet.

Blot up as much of the sunless tanning lotion as possible using absorbent towels. Note that the towels will stain, so use towels you don’t mind ruining.

Mix together 2 cups of warm water and 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid.

Dip a clean cloth into the cleaning mixture and apply to the stain, scrubbing in a circular motion until the stain is removed.

Use an old toothbrush dipped into the cleaning mixture to scrub any stains remaining in the carpet fibres.

Vacuum the area to lift up any remaining debris or residue and let dry. Vacuum again.

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Hi there,
Really hope someone can help to save me £50 on getting the carpets professionally cleaned or worse still, losing my £500 tenancy bond.

My (ahem. ) ‘little bundle of joy’ (!) managed to help himself to mummy Garnier gradual tanning lotion and squirted it all over my bedroom carpet. It had got into the carpet before I realised what he was doing. Locks are now on all cabinets and drawers, but I’m left with an attractive orange stain.

Has this happenned to anyone else, or does anyone have any tip on what might get the stain out, or has the carpet effectively been ‘dyed’ by the oxidisation of the fake tan??

Many, many thanks,
Caroline x

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Googled it, and this came up – hope it helps!

I use a fab carpet cleaner by OzKleen,called Carpet Power, its about £4 and I get it from Wilkos.

It has managed to remove sick, baby poo and lots of ‘accidents’ from having 2 little angels. I have not had fake tan spilit so I cannot definatley say it will remove it, but it is worth a go.

My cream carpets do take a battering but this is the best stuff I have found – hope this helps !

YES ! But was my foundation I damped it with a wet cloth, then I sprinkled over washing powder and vanish, rubbed it in, Then used a clean cloth and patted it with more water. It took it all off, and left a clean patch. We are going to hire a carpet cleaner soon for the rest of the carpet.

Whenever I get hair dye on my carpet, I always plaster it in shampoo. leave it a while and rub it gently with a green scourer and loads and loads of water and it does always do the job!!

takes a while and a lot of patience!! but as it is fake tan, keep giving it a gentle rub with a bar of soap and do the same!

Shampoo always fades hair dye and likewise with soap and fake tan!

As I said, it takes patience and you will need a big sponge to keep mopping up the water!

There’s also a really old fashioned cleaning product called ‘Borax’ which I think is a natural product and strips things out without damage – so it isn’t going to bleach your carpet or anything (have used it myself on my hair years ago when I had it turn green! :eek:).. it is a fabulous product .. I got it from the household section in boots.. but I am talking 15 years or so ago so haven’t a clue if they still sell it or where else you would get it from!

Keith Smith

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Matthew Martin

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Hi Kieth with the fake tan it will most likely not come out as it is a dye stain. M power spotter might shift the juice or microspotter could help. there are plenty of posts on this subject just us the search tool at the top of the page to see what other people have used ..

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Ken Wainwright

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You don’t say what fibre the stain is on, or whether it’s carpet or upholstery. Let’s presume it’s wool carpet.

You will not be able to clean off these stains. It will require specialist stain removal procedures.

Fake tan. You have two issues. Oil/grease and pigment. Treat the oil/grease first, rinse and dry well. Pigment can be treated with hydrogen peroxide. There are various techniques to use. If you are not familiar with them, do not attempt stain removal. Get yourself trained and practiced first. You could also use super heated detergent spotter technique with reduced, but still real, risk of colour damage. Again training/practice required.

Irn Bru. All colours are made from the three primary colours plus white and black (black itself can be a tertiary colour but let’s not go there). White and black can be regarded not as colours, but extremes of light and dark. Red is the easiest colour to remove. Yellow is the most difficult. Again, this stain will require the use of bleaching agents and I would use the same guidelines as above. Regardless, I would be doubtful of a perfect, undamaged result.

I do have a customer who participates in competitive ballroom dancing. She insists on spraying fake tan in her bedroom. She trashed the original wool carpet. I recommended polyprop. I now clean with my pre-spray boosted with an oxidiser and a citrus degreaser additive then acid rinse. An easy, perfect result everytime.

Safe and happy cleaning
Ken1

Keith Smith

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You don’t say what fibre the stain is on, or whether it’s carpet or upholstery. Let’s presume it’s wool carpet.

You will not be able to clean off these stains. It will require specialist stain removal procedures.

Fake tan. You have two issues. Oil/grease and pigment. Treat the oil/grease first, rinse and dry well. Pigment can be treated with hydrogen peroxide. There are various techniques to use. If you are not familiar with them, do not attempt stain removal. Get yourself trained and practiced first. You could also use super heated detergent spotter technique with reduced, but still real, risk of colour damage. Again training/practice required.

Irn Bru. All colours are made from the three primary colours plus white and black (black itself can be a tertiary colour but let’s not go there). White and black can be regarded not as colours, but extremes of light and dark. Red is the easiest colour to remove. Yellow is the most difficult. Again, this stain will require the use of bleaching agents and I would use the same guidelines as above. Regardless, I would be doubtful of a perfect, undamaged result.

I do have a customer who participates in competitive ballroom dancing. She insists on spraying fake tan in her bedroom. She trashed the original wool carpet. I recommended polyprop. I now clean with my pre-spray boosted with an oxidiser and a citrus degreaser additive then acid rinse. An easy, perfect result everytime.

Safe and happy cleaning
Ken1

It’s not as hard as you may think!

Even in the summertime — especially in the summertime! — many of us use self-tanners to supplement or augment the effects of beach time. But anyone who has ever used any kind of self-tanning product knows that the stuff stains like the dickens.

Part of the problem is that self-tanners fall into the combination stain category (in this case the combination is of oil and dye). So, much like when dealing with a lipstick stain, you’ll need to address both of those elements. Here’s how:

Removing Self-Tanner From Clothing

First thing’s first: If you catch a stain right as it happens, grab a baby wipe, which will be safe to use on almost any kind of fabric, including silk, and which will remove a new self-tanner stain. If you don’t have baby wipes on hand, turn the fabric inside out and flush it with water; turning it inside out will allow the water to push the self-tanner away from the fabric, rather than back through it. Then, rub a small amount of a grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn into the stained area using your fingers, rinse with cool water and repeat as needed until the stain is out or at least diminished enough that the garment can be laundered as usual.

When dealing with an older stain, an oxygenated bleach like OxiClean or Clorox Oxi Magic is going to be the best bet for saving your favorite shirt. Dissolve a scoop of it in a gallon or so of hot water, and submerge the item in that solution. Let it soak for a few hours up to overnight — the longer the better! — before laundering as usual.

Removing Self-Tanner From Towels

If the towels are white or light colored, hydrogen peroxide is a good option for removing self-tanner stains. On darker colored towels it may lead to color loss, so always be sure to check that it’s safe before using peroxide for stain-removal purposes.

For stains that are more set-in, the same oxygenated bleach you’ll use to get self-tanner out of clothes can be used on towels.

You may also, if you’re a regular user of self-tanners, want to take a page from my post on how to clean up hair dye stains and dedicate a dark-colored towel for use on self-tanning day.

Removing Self-Tanner From Furniture

An upholstery cleaner and stain remover like Resolve is what you’ll want if you accidentally transfer some of your self-tanner onto the couch. Always test the product on a hidden spot before using, to ensure that it’s safe for the fabric type. If your test goes A-OK, spray a small amount of the product on the stained area and blot with sponge or cloth. Rinse the cloth or sponge and go over the area with it to remove the cleaner, repeating as necessary until the stain is gone.

Removing Self-Tanner From Totes and Handbags

For nylon, canvas or cotton bags, baby wipes, dish soap or oxygenated bleach are all good options for removing self-tanner stains. If your tanner transferred onto a leather bag, a small bit of saddle soap will take the stain right out.

Avoid Self-Tanner Stains in the First Place

There are two rules to follow, post-self-tanning, that will help you to avoid these kinds of stains altogether. The first is pretty obvious: Let the self-tanner dry completely before you touch anything onto which it can transfer. The other is to, if at all possible, avoid wearing lighter-colored clothing for 12 to 24 hours after applying a self-tanner. The same is true of nylon, tight-fitting, and silk clothing, which should be avoided. Bras are another common item onto which self-tanner will transfer, so if you can avoid wearing one or can choose a darker colored option, that will help to save your bras from those ugly brown stains.

How to get fake tan out of carpet

Because the art of self tan can go wrong SO easily

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve had to frantically look up how to remove fake tan.

You might have had a fully fledged tanning disaster (we’re talking patchy wrists, fluorescent elbows and fingers so multi-tonal that gloves are in order). Or you might simply want to get rid of a four-day-old glow that’s looking a little stripy. We’ve all been there, and thanks to Love Island-induced holiday envy, we’ll probably all be there again. So the art of fake tan removal is something that everyone should be up to speed on.

Yes, even if you’ve invested in the best fake tan and swotted up on all the fake tan tips, chances are you’re not going to get it right 100% of the time. But don’t worry, you’re not alone and it’s perfectly easy to rectify.

There are several things you can do to give yourself a more natural-looking and even glow. We spoke to Jules Von Hep, fake tan guru, celebrity spray tanner and founder of Isle of Paradise, for all the fake tan removal tips and tricks you could possibly ask for.

How to remove fake tan at home

First things first: ‘Don’t panic scrub,’ Jules warns. ‘You’ll end up taking the tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect.’

Instead, try using a light body polish (choose from our round up of the best body scrubs) mixed with a tiny amount of bath or massage oil and repeat a couple of times for an even, all-over fade.

Oil helps to break down the DHA (colour element) in self-tanning fluid. This is a good thing to bear in mind if you’ve just had a cracking spray tan; don’t moisturise your body with anything containing oil afterwards.

Alternatively, make a trip down to your local swimming pool if you don’t mind being a bit stripy in public. ‘The chlorine will break down the tan,’ explains Jules. ‘In the showers afterwards, take a pair of exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’

If it’s all gone to pot and you need to get rid of your tan straight away, tanning brands now have products specifically developed to break colour down. That way you can remove fake tan quickly.

Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser was one of the first to market and sold out within three hours of its first launch. Which just goes to show how many of us want to remove and improve fake tan.

It can be used on old tans or freshly applied bronze; simply pump onto skin, smooth over the area you want to diffuse, leave for five minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth. It’s that easy.

How to remove fake tan from hands and feet

Yellow hands are a perennial problem for the regular fake tanner – so much so that many have had to turn to the best nail salons for professional help.

Patchy hands and blotchy feet are often the biggest giveaway that your tanning sesh has gone wrong, but before you go reaching for a pair of gloves in August, know that it’s totally possible to rectify – even without a fake tan remover.

In fact, a kitchen cupboard staple could be the answer to your prayers.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to some water and mix to create a paste. Rub this over your hands or feet, leaving it on for a few minutes to ensure you haven’t missed any particularly bad creases. Then wash it off.

The easiest way to wave goodbye to streakiness on your limbs is to run a bath and fill it up with a bath oil. This will soften the tan. While you’re in there, use a remover mitt in circular motions. It will ensure that any stubborn patches are evenly removed. Simple!

How to get fake tan out of carpet

How to remove fake tan patches before re-applying

If you’re a regular, self-confessed tanning addict who can’t go a day slathering on some more glow, then it’s actually so important that you are removing your old tan before applying your new one.

Being the clever chap that he is, Jules created Isle of Paradise’s Over It, which works best on a three-day old tan. It also contains glycolic acid to exfoliate skin. Mist your entire body until your skin is saturated, wait five minutes, then jump in the shower and buff it off with a sponge or a flannel.

How to remove fake tan with lemon juice

Vaguely remember hearing something about lemons and brushing it off as an old wives tale? Turns out there’s something in it. ‘The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent, but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper,’ Jules explains.

It’s also worth investing in an exfoliating mitt that will help to remove tan build up or mistakes. It’s an essential item in the at-home tanning kit.

How to remove fake tan from your face

Removing fake tan from your face is an altogether more delicate process. You’ve invested in the best eye cream, are religious about applying the best SPF moisturisers, and can’t go a week without a restorative face mask – so vigorously scrubbing your skin to try and remove fake tan from it probably isn’t the best idea.

Enter: your favourite face peel. Liquid exfoliators are a great way of removing face fake tan and taking care of your skin at the same time. Simply dispense a few drops onto one of the best reusable make-up pads and sweep over freshly cleansed skin. Whether your go-to chemical exfoliator is AHA or BHA, these clever acids remove build-up of old skin cells – and with them, your old fake tan – while improving skin tone and texture. So it’s a double win.

How to remove fake tan from clothes

Getting fake tan stains on your favourite, goes-with-everything, white shirt or your super spenny The White Company bedsheets can be an absolute nightmare. You need to try and remove the stain while it is still wet.