nail polish stains
on carpet and upholstery

How to Remove Them


Nail polish stains mucking up your carpet or couch?

Most manufacturers put a stain-resistant finish on carpets and furniture, but it can only do so much.

Here's how to remove nail polish stains the easy way. You'll need:

  • Mineral spirits;
  • 3 clean rags or cloths;
  • warm and cool water, in separate bowls;
  • a few squirts of hand dishwashing liquid.

Soften Nail Polish Stains With Mineral Spirits

Soften the polish first with a cleaning solution gentler than straight acetone - mineral spirits.

Gently blot the stained area of the carpet or couch with a cloth saturated with the mineral spirits, rewetting as needed.

Be sure to move to a clean area of the cloth once the polish begins transferring from the stained area.

Blot the Stain with Dishwashing Liquid

Blot any remaining polish with a mixture of 1 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon of mild hand dish-washing liquid. Use a clean towel or rag here, and continue until the stain on carpet or couch is lifted, repeating as needed.

Blot-Rinse the Stained Area with Cool Water

You'll now need to remove the cleaning solution(s) from the carpet or couch. Using a clean rag dipped in a bowl of cool water, blot - don't rub - the water into the fibers of your carpet or upholstery. 

Repeat using a clean part of the rag until there is no further transfer or the sudsy solution onto the cloth.

Repeat As Needed

A polish stain can be removed if you take the time to get the polish entirely out of the fabric or carpet fibers, which often means try, try, try again.

Patience and perseverance will pay off big here - so keep at it for at least several tries. You'll be glad you did.








You might like these:

  • Tips for Cleaning Laminate Floors

    Cleaning laminate floors will be one of the easiest chores on your list. A vacuum, a little vinegar, and spot clean-ups are all that's required.

  • Allowance for Kids Chores - Yes or No?

    Allowance for kids chores: yes or no? There are many ways to motivate kids to help out around the house. Here are the basics to help you decide.

  • Deciphering Upholstery Cleaning Codes

    Kids are rough on upholstered furniture. This upholstery cleaning guide can help you safely remove the stains and spills of daily life on your furniture.

  • Coming Clean at Home

    if you're like most people, you consider a reasonably clean home to be one of life's essentials. So with limited time available, why devote any more of it to cleaning than is absolutely necessary?

  • Fall Cleaning Checklist to Get Your Home Holiday Ready

    The fall cleaning checklist differs slightly from the spring variety; the focus is on dust and cobweb control, and getting your home primed for the holidays.

  • Wood Furniture Cleaning Tips

    These wood furniture cleaning tips can help keep your furniture looking its best - even if you have kids.

  • Get Windows Clean For Less Cash

    Store-bought formula or home-mixed variety? Paper towels, squeegee or cloth rags? Much like the paper-or-plastic debate, the best strategy for getting windows clean isn't always crystal clear.

  • How to Clean Window Blinds

    How to clean window blinds at home? Dust, vacuum, or blow dry regularly, especially along the floor.

  • Washing Machine Cleaning Tips

    Cleaning an appliance designed for cleaning might seem counterintuitive. But it is necessary. These washing machine cleaning tips can help.

  1. Clean Home
  2. Coming Clean
  3. How to Remove Nail Polish Stains from Carpets and Upholstery


Comments

Have your say about what you just read!