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Nail Polish, How to Get it Out of Stuff

Updated on September 4, 2012
Toe nails painted with bronze polish.
Toe nails painted with bronze polish. | Source

We all love nail color. Whether on ourselves or on others. Nail colors have evolved ahead of a lot of other color pigment oriented items in the cosmetic industries.

Yes, hair color, paints, fabrics and garments have led the way, but nowadays if you take the time to look at all the colors of the color palettes of fashion company's that are producing nail color. From the young ones just entering to the market to the more experienced company's like Sally Hansen, L'Oreal, Revlon and others.

It's actually a fun, inexpensive or expensive depending on the brand you are purchasing. But compared to buying other fashionable items nail color can be a quick fashion statement if you want something small and budget friendly.

Thing is nail polish like many of the cosmetic products we use today are chemically manufactured, with things if used in large quantities can be hazardous to ones health.

But women make all kinds of sacrifices for beauty.

It amazes me how the woman on welfare can have her hair and nails done on a regular basis but is not working.

I digress...

Anyhow i use nail color to spruce up every once in a while. Oh i have a lot of colors from a winter palette to a summer palette, subtle to over the top, but i don't add color that often. But i do have my moments when i'll become interested in adding a pop of colors on my hands.

Reasons not to wear

  • job objections
  • health objections
  • time
  • cost
  • can't do it your self

Reasons to wear

  • special event
  • pampering opportunity
  • quality time with girls in life
  • just for color - fashion statement

Thing is nail polish is quick drying. So that makes it a nuisance if it ends up on anything other than your nails. Even your skin.

Typically the easiest thing to do if it ends up on fibers like carpet or clothes is to throw them away because we all know that acetone can be even more destructive because it breaks down the color and strips it away.

But don't get defeated yet!

What about if it ends up on wood or counter tops, most of us instantly become upset because we know it will take a little effort to get it out. Especially if we had gone ahead and put down some paper or something that could have prevented the mess in the first place.

Don't start fussing yet!

Before reaching for the acetone, here are some alternative ways.

What to do

  1. Cloth or Carpet

a. Remove excess -be careful you do not smear it or press it into the fibers any more, a good method is to pinch and lift

b. use a dry spotter solution

2. Hard Surface - wood or metal

a. Remove excess, by scraping, using a credit card or similar item

If the nail polish has dried on any of the surfaces use a spoon and chip at it.

If these methods don't work, grab the acetone try the non-acetone, But test it in an area that can't be seen, if it does cause damage, Don't use it!


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