How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet
How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet
Whether at home or at the salon, spilling that hot pink nail polish on your cream-colored carpet is a dire moment. But don’t panic. There are some easy ways to remove nail polish from your carpet that you may never have thought of.
Wait! Before you do anything...
- If the nail polish is still wet, first try to absorb as much of the polish as possible. Grab a rag or a paper towel and dab as much of the polish off as you can.
- Don’t rub—you’ll make it worse!
1. Scrape, Cut, Scratch
If the nail polish is dry, before trying any of the below methods, your best bet is to scrape, cut, and scratch out as much of the flaky dried polish as possible.
Once you get all the excess dried polish out of the carpet, you can begin with the remedies below.
In the future, your best bet is to avoid using nail polish anywhere near carpeting or other fabric. Trust me, that hot pink color looks better on your hand.
Before using the methods below, test on a tiny spot of your carpet to make sure it doesn’t do any damage. (Since carpets are made of different materials, you'll want to do a test to check your carpet's reaction before treating the entire stain.)
2. Hairspray and Rubbing Alcohol
- Wet the stain with cold water, then spray hairspray on the stain.
- Add a few splashes of rubbing alcohol.
- Using a scrub brush (if you don't have one, you could use an old toothbrush), scrub the stain for at least one minute.
- While scrubbing, keep dribbling cold water on the stain. Keep working the stain until it disappears, and it will!
3. Acetone or Non-Acetone Polish Remover
If it removes polish off of your fingernails, it must remove nail polish from your carpeting.
- Dab the stain with a rag or towel.
- Pour a small amount of acetone directly on the stain and continue to dab until the stain fades.
- Rinse thoroughly with water and soap.
Proceed with caution: Acetone is a strong chemical and could damage your carpet.
Using Acetone to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet
4. Window Cleaner
If you need to clean your windows today too, you’re in luck! Window cleaner can get nail polish stains out of the carpet like magic.
After blotting the stain, pour window cleaner over it and scrub in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with soapy water.
5. Carpet Stain Remover
After dabbing up excess nail polish, spray the area with an intense stain remover (sometimes pet stain removers work the best) and let sit. Then rub and scrub until the stain disappears.