Nail Polish Stain Removal From Carpet Tips

nail polish stain removalIt’s your day off, and you decide to pamper yourself. Accompanied by music and a nice glass of wine, you get your nail care products out and arrange them on your living room floor. No matter how careful you are when applying nail polish, there is always that chance that, despite your best efforts, it can still end up on your carpet. Before we jump right into clean polish techniques, let’s look at the ingredients in a typical nail polish bottle.

Most nail polishes are made of nitrocellulose dissolved in a solvent. Nail polish also contains:

  • Solvents
  • Colouring agents
  • Plasticisers
  • File forming agents
  • Adhesive polymers

Nail polish stain removal can be challenging, especially if it has dried. Check out these tips for getting or cleaning polish.

Things Needed For Nail Polish Stain Removal

Hydrogen peroxide

Nail polish remover

Spray bottle


How To Remove Nail Polish From Carpet? [DIY Method]

  1. Remove as much foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
  2. Blotting the excess nail polish with a clean, dry towel would be best. Thus, the extra nail polish will transfer to the cloth.
  3. Next in line is making use of your nail polish remover. Moisten your clean cloth using your nail polish remover. You can use acetone, but it can also bleach your carpet; therefore, it only applies to white or light rugs.
  4. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile, use a blotting motion until it is removed or no colours are transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate the backing, destroying the latex bond. And if the spot is on the surface only, rub it in one direction at a time. Indeed, never use a circular motion to remove the area, as this may destroy the texture. Next stop if spots are removed. If not, go to the next step.
  5. Remember to do a few trials on your house’s hidden part first to ensure the nail polish remover stays on your carpet. It would help if you also kept carpet remnants when you installed your carpeting to have something to try before using any carpet cleaning solution. Indeed, you can also use hydrogen peroxide if your carpet is white, mainly because it has a bleaching effect. 

More Clean Polish Methods 

  1. At this point, blot the stained area with your wet towel to clean the polish. Now, you can see the nail polish transferring to the cloth.
  2. Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent that does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. Then, apply detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until you remove the spot.
  3. Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
  4. Spray lightly with water; do not blot this time; apply a pad of paper towels and brick and dry.
  5. Repeat until all the stains are transferred to the cloth and no nail polish is traced on your carpet.
  6. After removing all the stains, rinse the carpet using warm water. Get your spray bottle and spray over the area. Blot the area using another dry towel to extract the water.
  7. If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting does not remove it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for one (1) hour. Blot and repeat until the carpet is stain-free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to the water, so no rinsing is necessary. Apply paper towels and weigh them down with bricks.
  8. Dry the area thoroughly before allowing anybody to use it.

Clean Polish Stains Guide

  • You should not apply any carpet cleaning solution to your carpet to avoid additional damage like bleaching. It would be better if you had any carpet remnants to test.

Never rub the area when applying any solution. You may find yourself spreading the stain to a larger size. Do pure blotting or dabbing. 

For more help, call Steam n Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal service in South Auckland, North Shore, East, and West Auckland. Indeed, we’re working with the high carpet cleaning industry standards and following the Carpet Care Guide Standards.

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Remember always to do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is usually not visible. These suggested treatments only, and Steam n Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland, a stain removal service, can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained using the procedures in this spot removal guide.


Last updated 16/2/2024 Experienced, researched, and written by  Graeme Stephens