If you have spilled nail polish on your carpet or your sofa, you will probably feel a sudden panic attack. This is because nail polish is so brightly colored and permanent that it may seem like it will never come out. However, there are steps that you can take to get the nail polish stain out of the carpet – even if it is dried. The main thing not to do is panic and start soaking the stain with nail polish remover – because this can make it even worse.
It All Depends On The Brand Of Nail Polish
There are as many different cleaning solvents to remove nail polish from your carpet as there are colors of nail polish, but you will first have to look at what is in your nail polish before you start using cleaning solvents on the stain. If there is a 1-800 number on the bottle, the first thing to do is call it. They may have information on what will get out your brand of nail polish out of the carpeting. Be aware that some of these cleaning solvents will also take the color out of your carpet and may damage the fibers. Remember, if something is strong enough to remove nail polish from a carpet, it will probably do some damage to the carpet itself.
Keep The Stain Wet If Possible
Dab just a little non-acetone nail polish remover on the stain if you can’t get to it right away. As soon as you can, gently dab at the nail polish with a paper towel, taking care not to rub the stain further into the carpet or spread it around. Your first job should be to lift as much of the nail polish out of the carpet as possible without making a bigger mess. Next, put a small amount of nail polish remover on a paper towel. You can also use hair spray, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide. Keep dabbing at the stain, even though it may look like you are making a bigger mess. You will have to keep changing paper towels and dabbing until the stain is gone. This method does usually work, but don’t think it will be an easy process.
As A Last Resort
Like we said before, it really depends on how strong you nail polish is as to whether or not you can get the stain out of the carpet using finger nail polish remover. You may have to resort to a few of these other cleaning solvents –like brake fluid cleaner, Goof Off, carburetor and choke cleaner, professional spot remover, or Oxyclean.
Removing Dried Nail Polish Stains From Your Carpet
If you think about it, you can remove dried nail polish from your fingernails, so why not from your carpet? Scrape as mush of the dried fingernail polish off the carpet as possible and then dab on non-acetone nail polish remover to soften the nail polish. Keep dabbing even if it looks like you are making it worse. Just keep changing paper towels until the stain is gone and then use a little warm water with a tablespoon of dish soap to finish the job.