Have you ever decided to paint your nails and then knocked over the bottle and spilled it on your carpet? Have no fear, there are ways with household items to get rid of the stain and save your carpet!
Remember: Before cleaning a stain on your carpet with any solution, do a test swatch on a patch of carpet that is not visible, to see how the solution affects your carpet. You do not want to attempt to clean a stain and then end up bleaching or ruining the carpet.
If your carpet is
Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover: Make sure the nail polish remover is acetone-free and dye-free because acetone can seriously damage your carpet.
Hairspray and Rubbing Alcohol: Hairspray contains alcohol, which can dissolve nail polish. Use quite a lot of sprays of hair spray mixed with a bit of rubbing alcohol to further dissolve the nail polish.
Baking Soda and Ginger Ale: Baking soda is a household staple and can work to remove nail polish. Use ginger ale to wet it and help the baking soda dissolve the polish. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes and then you can begin working the stain out.
Vinegar: Soak the stain in plain vinegar for ten minutes before you begin working it out.
If nail polish is dry, begin by scraping off as much as you can with a butter knife or other similar tool to scrape away the dried nail polish. Don’t forget to vacuum up the flakes so that they don’t get re-embedded into the carpet while you try to remove the stain.
After you’ve removed as many dry bits as you can, the method is the same as for getting out the wet polish. Test a section of your carpet with a cleaning solution, blot the stain with the cleaner, scrub with soap and water, and let it dry.
If the nail polish stain is still wet, grab a clean towel or paper towel and blot away the excess polish. Make sure you do not scrub or wipe the nail polish further into the carpet, it will just make the stain worse. As you’re dabbing away the excess be sure to flip the towel to a clean side each time you blot to prevent spreading the nail polish around.
Once the stain is removed, wash the carpet with soapy water. Washing the spot after your use stain remover will remove any chemicals and reduce any smell. You can use a carpet cleaner or dish-washing liquid mixed with water to wash the carpet.
1 Acetone is known to breakdown acetate fibers and cause carpet fibers to dislodge from the base.
2 Rubbing alcohol is a solvent that can help dissolve nail polish