Nail Polish Removal

How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet

What is it about nail polish that makes it so accident-prone? Sometimes it seems like nail polish has its own special kind of gravity that makes it fall out of the bottle more freely than other substances. Or perhaps it’s the tiny size and funny shape of the bottle that makes it top-heavy.

In any case, when nail polish gets on carpet, it can be disastrous – especially if it’s not your carpet! That’s why we are going to look at how to remove nail polish from carpet so that you never have to freak out over spilled nail polish again.

how to remove nail polish from carpet

One word of warning before we begin: While these techniques will work for most nail polishes and most carpets, every situation is unique. Try these at your own risk. If you don’t want to take any chances, contact a professional carpet cleaner to get the nail polish stain out of the carpet.

Or you can save a bundle and use these tried and true methods!

How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet the Standard Way

Any time you apply a chemical to carpet, you run the risk of causing a stain or removing the color. So before you try this method of removing nail polish from carpet, find a hidden area of the carpet and try it out there first. This can be somewhere like behind a curtain or underneath a couch. Once you are sure that it won’t stain or discolor you carpet, you can go ahead and try it out on the nail polish stain.

For this method, you will need a can of hair spray, some rubbing alcohol, a small scrub brush and a small pitcher of water. The cheap kind of hair spray you find at the local dollar store actually works best for this. Make sure you collect everything you need ahead of time because once you stop, you aren’t going to want to stop.

Okay, so here are the steps for how to remove nail polish from carpet the standard way:

  1. As soon as you spill the nail polish, wet the stain with cold water. This will keep the nail polish from drying out. If the nail polish dries out, it’s going to be much more difficult to get out.
  2. Position the hair spray can above the stain and spray between 15 and 20 pumps of the hair spray directly on to the stain. Then splash the stain with three to five splashes of rubbing alcohol. Don’t worry, the chemicals in the hair spray and the rubbing alcohol won’t react with each other.
  3. Next, take your small scrub brush and scrub the nail polish stain, gently at first then harder if necessary, for about a minute. While you are scrubbing, make sure to keep pouring clean, cold water onto the stain to dilute it.
  4. Keep repeating this process over and over until the nail polish stain is no longer visible. And that’s the standard method for how to remove nail polish remover from carpet.

How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet with Nail Polish Remover

Another way to remove nail polish from carpet is with nail polish remover. Well, duh! But you have to be careful not to use a nail polish remover that contains acetone. That’s because this chemical can cause more damage to your carpet than the nail polish.

how to remove nail polish from carpet

What you will need for this method is a bottle of non-acetone nail polish remover and paper towel or a clean dish towel that you don’t mind ruining.

Okay, so here’s how to remove nail polish from carpet with nail polish remover:

  1. The minute you spill the nail polish on to the carpet, try to dab as much of it up with a paper towel or the old but clean dish towel. Just take precautions that you don’t spread the stain to make it even larger. Just dab up the excess and throw it away.
  2. Next you want to keep dabbing at the stain using a clean paper towel or a clean part of the dish towel until you get as much of the stain up without spreading it further.
  3. Next, you want to take a little of the non-acetone nail polish remover and gently apply it directly on to the nail polish stain. Continue to dab it off with clean paper towels or a clean part of the dish towel until it is all gone.

How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet Using Other Products

There are other common household product that can be used to remove nail polish from carpet. If the first two methods don’t work, you can try them out until you find the one that works for you:

  • Windex or Another Window Cleaner – Blot as much of the nail polish stain as you can with clean paper towels or a clean dish towel, then use a sponge or dish cloth to apply a small amount of Windex or another window cleaner directly to the area of the carpet that is stained with the nail polish. Scrub the stain out in a circular motion, then rinse the area generously with water and let it dry. The stain usually will go away.
  • Use Other Types of Hairspray – The chemical compounds that go into making hairspray are different for every brand. So if the first type you use doesn’t work, try another. The important thing to remember is to work quickly because the longer you allow the nail polish to remain on the carpet, the harder it will be to get out.
  • Hide the Stain – If all else fails, you can always try to hide the stain under a piece of furniture or with a lamp or some sort of decorative design element. It’s not ideal, but at least you won’t have people looking at your nail polish stained carpet all the time.

The only surefire way never to get nail polish on your carpet is to only apply your nail polish somewhere that isn’t carpeted. It’s far easier to remove nail polish from a wood floor or a sink than it is from a carpet or piece of clothing.



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