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Nail Polish Dilemmas

Updated on June 24, 2012

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Through researching the web and people's personal comments as well as my own, I have put together the BEST advice on how to remove nail polish off different surfaces, in many different circumstances. What I have noticed is that most websites, on certain topics, give different advice, that contradicts each other. From finding out what works through really listening to the feedback of others and understanding the functions of nail polish removers, I have put together, in my own words, the best advice that I can possibly give.

Whether it has gone on your skin or in your daughter's hair, on your expensive wooden furniture or floors and even on leather, here you can find the best steps to take to get the nail polish off. So calm down, continue reading this page and hopefully you can fix this problem correctly, before and after YOU KNOW WHO comes home.

Good Luck and don't let your love for nail polish be ruined by whatever tragic incident that led you to this page!! :)

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How To Remove Nail Polish From Furniture

OUCH! Not on your hardwood floors or furniture! What do you do now? Simple. First, DO NOT use nail polish remover as it WILL quickly damage the finish. Instead of doing that, try these following steps to a nail polish free floor or furniture.

You will first need certain things before fixing this problem:

- Mineral Spirits

- Rubber Gloves (COMPULSORY)

- Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray (most preferred or any non-aerosol spray)

- Magic Eraser

- Towel Cloths or Rags

- Bucket

- Warm Water

- Sponge

- Mild Oil- Based Furniture and Flooring Soap

- Floor wax

- Furniture Polish

1. Mineral spirits are HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. You should AVOID IT FROM GETTING ON YOUR SKIN, YOUR CLOTHES, NEAR ANY FLAMES, SPARK OR PILOT LIGHTS. Oh, and also, DO NOT SMOKE. As a precaution when using mineral spirits, I would suggest wearing long pants, long sleeves and rubber gloves. Wearing RUBBER GLOVES would keep the mineral spirits from burning your skin. ALSO you should KEEP YOUR AIR VENTILATED by maybe opening up your windows before use.

2. Wearing gloves, pour a small amount of mineral spirits onto a clean rag or cloth. You could use a Magic Eraser if you'd like. From someone else's personal experience, the Magic Eraser helped them remove the nail polish stain faster off their hardwood floors.

3. Using the damp cloth or Magic Eraser, scrub on the stain until most or all of the stain is gone. This might take a little bit of effort, time and hard work, but in in the end it would pay off.

4. Then spray Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hairspray directly on the stain and let it sit for about 1 minute. After a minute, use the damp cloth or Magic Eraser to scrub the nail polish off.

5. Repeat these steps if all of the nail polish is not gone for complete removal.

6. When the nail polish is removed, get a bucket with some water and mild oil-based furniture and flooring soap, and using a sponge or clean cloth, wash the floors or furniture to get rid of the hair spray and mineral spirits residue.

7. The mineral spirits might have taken off some of the old wax off the floors or polish off your furniture, so when you are done use furniture polish for the furniture and floors you would have to have them waxed. When using furniture polish to get rid of one noticeable spot it is best to polish the whole surface and not just the affected area itself, to give it one completed polished look.

Hope this helped.

Recommended Products

TRESemmé TRES TWO Non Aerosol Hair Spray, Extra Hold 10 oz
TRESemmé TRES TWO Non Aerosol Hair Spray, Extra Hold 10 oz

This is the non aerosol spray that someone on another website claimed they used with mineral spirits to get a large amount of nail polish off of their hardwood floors. If it came of her floors it most likely will get the nail polish off yours also.

 
Artists' Grade Gamsol Oil Color Size: 16 oz
Artists' Grade Gamsol Oil Color Size: 16 oz

If you have a smaller stain and just want the mineral spirits for that task then this one is small, cheaper and convenient.

If you don't already know, a pint is half of a quart.

 
Artists' Grade Gamsol Oil Color Size: 1 Liter, 33.8 Fl. Oz.
Artists' Grade Gamsol Oil Color Size: 1 Liter, 33.8 Fl. Oz.

If you have a larger stain or wish to have a larger, but not too large amount of mineral spirits in your house just in case another nail polish stain appears on your furniture to get then this is the appropriate size to get.

If you also don't already know, a quart is 2 pints.

 
Murphy's Oil Soap, 32-Ounce
Murphy's Oil Soap, 32-Ounce

There is also an option of a 16 ounce bottle

 
Murphy Oil Soap Concentrate, 1gal Bottle
Murphy Oil Soap Concentrate, 1gal Bottle

If you want to buy in bulk to use this soap for the future then this is the one to get.

 

How To Remove Newly Added Nail Polish From A Carpet

If you've just stained your carpet with your nail polish then follow these simple steps to removing it:

Things you'll need:

- Non-Acetone nail polish remover

- Paper Towel/Cotton Balls

- Baking Soda

- Plastic Knife

- Bowl

- Soap and water (for the bowl)

- Sponge

- Vacuum (optional)

1. Pour baking soda on the wet stain and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. The baking soda will absorb up the liquid, preventing the nail polish from spreading to any other areas on the carpet.

2. Using a vacuum or a plastic knife, vacuum or gently scrape up the baking soda and the nail polish off the carpet.

3. Pour some non-acetone nail polish remover onto a paper towel/cotton ball.

4. Blot the stain with the damp paper towel/cotton ball until the stain is completely gone. Try not to spread the nail polish when doing this. You can prevent spreading by blotting carefully and not pressing down too hard on the carpet (that would cause the nail polish to seep down further into the carpet making it harder to remove). Also, if a lot of the nail polish has accumulated onto the cotton ball or paper towel, then either use a new, clean one or a cleaner area to continue removing the nail polish off of the carpet.

5. When the nail polish is completely removed, use a sponge and some soapy water to wash the once stained area.

6. If you have a vacuum that vacuums up water, you can use that to get rid of the excess water in the carpet. If you don't have that kind of vacuum then wipe up most of water with a towel or rag.

I would suggest NEVER using nail polish on a carpet. There is a very high chance that you will end up having to do this whole stain removal process again if you continue with this habit.

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Oxi Clean

Church & Dwight Co 51222 Oxi Clean Carpet Spot and Stain Remover
Church & Dwight Co 51222 Oxi Clean Carpet Spot and Stain Remover

This product got 7 five stars out of 7 total reviews. If you've clean most of the nail polish off and there is a stubborn stain that won't come off try Oxi Clean Carpet Spot and Stain Remover

 

How To Remove An Old Nail Polish Stain From A Carpet

If you have a nail polish stain that was on your carpet for a long period of time, try following these steps to having it removed:

Things you'll need:

- Hydrogen Peroxide

- Plastic Knife

- Cotton balls

- Bowl

- Spray bottle

- Water (for spray bottle)

- Soap and water (to add in bowl)

- Sponge

1. First, spray water on the stain to wet it making it easier for the stain to be removed. During this whole stain removal process you will need to keep the stain wet by continually spraying it with water.

2. Using a plastic knife, try scraping off some or most of the nail polish off the carpet. DO NOT over pull the carpet when scraping.

3. Then, after doing that, spray some hairspray (no extra hold or strong hairspray) directly on the stain (about 15 sprays) and let it sit for about a minute or two.

4. With a cotton ball dabbed in some hydrogen peroxide, dab the hydrogen peroxide onto the stain. You could carefully grip the stained part of the carpet ( if grippable) with the cotton swab and swipe upwards the nail polish off (without pulling) continually. If nothing comes off with this option, then go back to dabbing it.

5. Let it sit with the water, hairspray and hydrogen peroxide for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

6. After 15 to 20 minutes and the stain is not completely gone, dab the stain again until it is full gone.

7. When the stain is completely gone, using a sponge and soapy water, wash the once stained area. After it is washed, dry it the area with a towel or vacuum.

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One Good Spray Bottle

Lucasol Spray Bottle - 24.0 Oz
Lucasol Spray Bottle - 24.0 Oz

This empty spray bottle has a thick plastic as well as it sprays good amounts of liquid to wide ranges of areas, after each spray.

 

Get It Out Of Your Carpet Video

How To Remove Nail Polish From Clothing

To remove nail polish from your clothes just follow these simple steps:

Things you'll need:

- Non-acetone nail polish remover

- Bug spray

- Hair Spray

- Cotton Balls

- Paper Towels

- Toothbrush

- Washing Machine

- Laundry detergent

- Stain Removal spray

1. If your clothing consists of acetate, triacetate or modacrylic then DO NOT use nail polish remover. Nail polish remover WILL dissolve this kind of fabric. Instead take your stained clothing to a PROFESSIONAL DRY CLEANER or try STEP 4.

2. Place a paper towel under the stained area of your clothes. This towel will be used to transfer the nail polish from the fabric.

3. Apply a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover to a cloth or cotton swab. Then, using the damp cloth or cotton swab, press down on the stain to transfer the nail polish onto the paper towel that was placed under the fabric. Each time the nail polish has transferred to the paper towel AND cotton swab or cloth, keep changing them to a cleaner area to prevent the nail polish from transferring back onto the fabric.

****If you applied the non-acetone to your fabric and a slight discoloration occurred then this is not the step for you. If you are not sure if your fabric can handle the nail polish remover then do a spot test on an unnoticeable area to see if the fabric can handle it. If it can't, move on to STEP 4 ****

4. If the nail polish remover is not right for the stained fabric you are working with or if it cannot remove all of the nail polish, THEN try bug spray and hair spray! First, spray the bug spray and hair spray directly on the stain and scrub the nail polish off with a toothbrush. Keep spraying the sprays on the stain if necessary.

5. If there is STILL some nail polish stain left on the fabric, then apply and work a stain remover into the stain until the rest of the stain disappears.

6. To fully complete this fix, wash the fabric separately in the washing machine to prevent any bug spray or non-acetone nail polish remover from mixing with any other fabrics.

If none of these things worked then as I warned before, take your stained clothing to a PROFESSIONAL DRY CLEANER. It is the best and wisest option to do.

Get It Off Your Clothes Video

How To Remove Nail Polish From Your Hair

Don't panic! The nail polish remover can be removed from your hair so stop the tantrum and put away those horrible scissors! Just follow these easy steps to get that nail polish right out of your beautiful hair.

These are the things that you will need for this fix:

- Ice cubes

- Baby or Mineral Oil

- Non- Acetone Nail Polish Remover

- Cotton Swabs/ Cotton Balls

- Hair Shampoo

Separate Your Polished Hairs

Pull apart the hairs that have nail polish on them and catch up the rest that have not been affected. That way we can focus on the problem without it becoming any worse that it already is.

Use Your Fingers

If the nail polish is still wet, then get some ice cubes and apply it to the nail polished area until the nail polish has reached to its hardened state. Then when you are done, just use your fingers to try to chip off as much of the nail polish as possible, until you feel that nothing else can be chipped.

Use Oil

To get the rest of the nail polish out, apply a little bit of baby or mineral oil on your fingers and gently massage it onto the nail polished areas of your hair. Then gently pull off the nail polish by smoothly running your fingernails down the strands of your hair. Continue doing this if there is progress in removing the nail polish with oil. If not, then move on to the next and final resort.

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Apply a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover to a cotton swab or ball and wipe or dab the remaining nail polish off.

Clean Your Hair

When all of the nail polish is out of your hair, wash the once polished area or your entire hair, to get rid of the nail polish remover residue and oils from your hair.

How the nail polish got on your hair is a wonder. If you have kids and this is probably why you're reading this, I would suggest storing your nail polish in maybe a storage box or high places just to be safe.

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Baby Oil!

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil 4 oz (Pack Of 2)
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Baby Oil 4 oz (Pack Of 2)

This is not only great for your skin but it can slide those pesky remaining nail polish pieces out of your hair.

 

How To Remove Nail Polish From Your Skin

To remove nail polish from your skin, you will need 4 main things:

- Warm Water

- Bath Soap

- Towel Rag

- Body Oil

I know what you're thinking. These are pretty much the same things that you would use for your everyday shower.

I would suggest quickly following these instructions, no matter if the nail polish is wet or dry on your skin. The longer the acetone stays on your skin is the more it absorbs into your skin. If acetone can eat plastic and paint, I really don't think that it is safe to have on your skin, especially for long periods of time.

1. So, QUICKLY, using a towel rag and warm water, wipe the nail polish off of your skin. You will have to use some tension (not too much) to get some of the nail polish off, BUT do not rub. Just keep wiping to prevent your skin from getting too red.

2. When all the nail polish is removed, wash off the invisible left over residue on your skin with some bath soap and warm water to feel and be fully clean and safe. When that is done, you will notice, for some people or for all, that your skin is slightly red from all of the wiping. All you have to do is apply some body oil to soothe the redness on your skin.

3. This is the most natural way to get the nail polish remover off your skin. If you wish to use nail polish remover, then use a non-acetone remover to get rid of all the nail polish instead.

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Body Oils

Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula, Fragrance Free 8.5 oz ( Pack of 2)
Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula, Fragrance Free 8.5 oz ( Pack of 2)

For all those simple people who don't want or can't stand products with fragrance, then the Fragrance-Free Neutrogena Body Oil is the one for you.

 
Burt's Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil, 4 Fluid Ounces (Pack of 2)
Burt's Bees Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil, 4 Fluid Ounces (Pack of 2)

I love this !! My mom gave this to me on Valentine's Day with chocolate. It's very relaxing and is great for a hot bath. Plus it makes my skin smell lemony fresh.

 
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Body Oil with Vitamin E, 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Body Oil with Vitamin E, 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)

Haven't tried this one, but if you're not a fan of the lemony scent then I would suggest this instead.

 

How to Remove Nail Polish From Leather

1. Before using any sort of chemicals to remove the nail polish off leather, QUICKLY use a cloth and warm water to wipe it off. And if that does not work, try doing the same thing except also with bath soap (any mild soap). REMEMBER to try to not spread the nail polish when attempting to remove it, especially when it comes to leather surfaces. Using warm water or soap, would not cause damage to your couch or clothing so this option is a sure, safe try.

2. THEN your other and most advised option would be to CALL A LEATHER PROFESSIONAL in your area, as they would have the proper chemicals and solution to fix this problem. DO NOT wait any longer to do this. Trying to fix this solution by yourself could cause you to make things ten times worse.

3. Only some leathers can manage non-acetone/acetone nail polish remover. If you wish to use nail polish remover, do a spot test by applying a dab of nail polish remover to an unnoticeable area on your leather couch to see if the leather can handle the chemical. If, after a while, the nail polish remover has not damaged that tiny area then it is safe to use on the stain. If not then CALL A LEATHER PROFESSIONAL.

Leather Cleaning Product

Black Jacket - One Step Black Leather Color Restorer
Black Jacket - One Step Black Leather Color Restorer

This leather cleaner is perfect for maintaining your favorite leather jacket from your closet.

 

How To Remove Nail Polish Off A Computer Screen

If the nail polish is wet on your computer screen, then you must first use dry paper towels against the stains to get rid of most of the wet nail polish residue. Just press/blot the paper towel on the stain and when you transfer the nail polish onto the towel either continue this blotting process by switching to a cleaner surface on the same towel or by using a new paper towel. Keep doing this until most of the nail polish is gone.

If the nail polish is dry or when most of the nail polish is gone, move on to Option #1 or #2.

1. Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

You could try using non-acetone nail polish remover to remove the nail polish off your computer screen. DO NOT use the regular acetone nail polish remover. The acetone WILL eat any of form of plastic, which is why non-acetone nail polish remover is safer and best.

2. Mouth Wash :)

Try using an alcohol-based mouthwash to get rid of the nail polish off of your computer screen. Using a damp cloth with the alcohol-based mouthwash, sponge the remaining nail polish off the computer screen. Keep changing to a clean area on the damp mouthwash cloth to prevent the nail polish from going back onto the computer screen. Keep doing this until all of the nail polish is gone.

Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

OPI Nail Polish Remover, Acetone-Free, 4 fl. oz.
OPI Nail Polish Remover, Acetone-Free, 4 fl. oz.

A non-acetone nail polish remover is a very safe and healthier option to remove nail polish. The OPI Acetone-Free Polish Remover is enriched with Aloe Vera to nourish your nails and also has many great reviews.

There is also an option of a 16 oz. bottle.

 

How To Remove Nail Polish Off A Computer or Laptop Keyboard

1. Since the keys on a keyboard are usually made from plastic I would suggest using a non-acetone nail polish remover to get rid of the nail polish. Instead of using a cloth, use a cotton swab to prevent any electrical damage to the computer and also since the keys are so small and intricate.

2. DO NOT remove the nail polish when it is wet. When the nail polish is dry, in this case, it will be easier to take off, as trying to remove wet nail polish would cause it to spread to other parts of the keyboard. If there is any dry nail polish that can be scraped off, scrape it off with maybe a pen cover or ruler (nothing that will scrape the keys or keyboard) to make the removal process much easier.

3. If A lot of nail polish spilled or if it is went under the keys of the keyboard, I would suggest safely removing the keys and cleaning the keys and the bottom with the cotton swab and non-acetone nail polish remover.

4. Remember, it is best to clean it when the nail polish is dry, BUT if the wet nail polish is spreading on its own just stop it with your cotton swab until it has stopped spreading to prevent any further damage.

Good luck.

Nail Polish Display Rack

If you want to keep your nail polish organized , then a nail polish rack is a neat accessory to get. A nail polish rack makes your dresser a little bit more easier to maintain.

The product displayed is not only on bid, but also a "buy it now" product as well.

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How To Remove Nail Polish From Tile and Grout

From Tile

For this fix you will need these following items:

- Acetone (nail polish remover)

- Cloths (more than one)

- Bleach (for white tiles only)

- Laundry detergent

- Warm water

- Magic eraser (optional)

- Mop or a Towel

1. First, apply a small amount of acetone to a clean cloth or paper towel.

2. Wipe the nail polish remover off FIRMLY. Do this quickly before the nail polish dries, to get off as much as possible from each wipe. Try not to spread the nail polish.

3. As the nail polish accumulates on the damp cloth, add some acetone to a cleaner area on the cloth and continue firmly wiping.

4. If the nail polish was dry or if most of the residue is gone after firmly wiping, then using another clean area on your cloth, rub vigorously on the remaining area. Remember do all of this QUICKLY, especially if your tile is textured.

5. If there is left over nail polish that cannot be removed try after try, try then using a Magic eraser or a laundry detergent mix (a THICK mixture of warm water, laundry detergent) applied to a new clean cloth, to remove the removing nail polish residue.

6. If there is STILL some tight spots that just won't let the nail polish go, then use bleach (only if you are dealing with white tiles) or a THICK laundry detergent mix. Using either of these liquids, just apply a good amount (not too much) to the stain and leave it there for as long as you feel necessary. Both these liquids will break down the stubborn left over nail polish and when you see fit wipe/rub the laundry detergent off with a wet cloth.

7.Keep doing this process until ALL of the nail polish is gone

8. WHICHEVER STEP YOU STOPPED AT when all your nail polish was gone, follow these final instructions. That is, to pour some water on the tile floor to remove the acetone, bleach or/and the laundry detergent off of the floor. Then using preferably a mop or towel (whichever you see fit), wipe up the excess water off of your newly cleaned floors.

From Grout

For this fix you will need:

- NON-Acetone nail polish remover

- Toothbrush

- Paper towels or rags

- Mild Soap

- Water

- Dilute Bleach

Getting nail polish off grout is slightly more difficult than getting it off tile, BUT it can be fixed.

1. If there is excess nail polish in the grout, use a damp non- acetone cloth to scoop it up, while carefully trying not to spread the nail polish any further.

2. When the excess nail polish is gone, you should SOAK a paper towel or rag with non-acetone nail polish remover and then firmly place it on the entire stain.

3. Leave the soaked paper towel/rag there for about 5 minutes so that the non-acetone nail polish remover softens the nail polish residue, making it easier to remove.

4. Using a toothbrush dipped in the non-acetone nail polish remover, gently (not too gentle) scrub the stained area until the nail polish is fully gone. If there is a lot of nail polish in the toothbrush just wash it, dip it again in the nail polish remover and continue brushing.

5. If after continual brushing, there is STILL nail polish left, try using bleach on the grout only on the stain. You can apply the dilute bleach using a small cover or soaking bleach onto another rag and placing it on the stained surface. Let the bleach sit for as long you see fit.

6. After leaving the bleach on for a while, wash the surface off with mild soap and water to finish.

7.If you've tried EVERYTHING and all the nail polish has not gone, I would suggest re-grouting the stained area.

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Off Like Magic!!

Magic Erasers have a great reputation for removing stains. Through research, I've found that both these magic erasers below have great average reviews which is why I would recommend getting them.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber, 4-Count (Pack of 2)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber, 4-Count (Pack of 2)

This comes in a pack of two and is specially made for items in a bath like tile and grout.

 
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Boxes (Pack of 3)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Boxes (Pack of 3)

One person who reviewed this said that they used this with bleach and it cleaned the stain in the grout right off. Plus, it comes in a pack of 3.

 

The Upside

Nail Polish may be a hassle to take off of things that you never had expected it go on, BUT it is truly the best thing ever invented that truly beautifies your nails. In so many colors, nail polish is like art work put on your fingernails to display. Some artwork are simple while others are truly intricate masterpieces. These videos truly open up my and your eyes to a whole new world to nail polish. It's just gorgeous.

Real or Fake Debate

Do you prefer fake or real nails?

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Fake....as

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  • MagnoliaTree 5 years ago

    Fake nails when you are out in public where your hands are seen everyday! Besides-- polish will stay on for two weeks without touch ups.

Real.....because

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  • anonymous 5 years ago

    I like my real nails painted with a safe water-based nail polish. Fake nails just look too fake ;).

  • Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    I prefer real nails. It's a budget thing.

  • daedrea lm 6 years ago

    I prefer real nails. I never tried fake one as it really scares me to know that they could rip of my nails when taking it off. So no, not a fan

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      Kathylina 5 years ago

      Great post,I like it very much. It's helpful to me.By the way would please give some advise to my lens mac make up.Thanks a lot.