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 all of 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 nail polish stain removal techniques, let’s take a quick look at the ingredients in a typical bottle of nail polish.

Most nail polishes 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 already dried. Check out these tips for getting or to clean 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 of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
  2. Then, you have to do is to blot the excess nail polish with any clean, dry towel. Thus, it will allow the extra nail polish to 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 only applicable to white or light rugs.
  4. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile, use a blotting motion until the removed or no colours transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the area, as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spots removed. If not, go to the next step.
  5. Do not forget you have to do a few trials first on your house’s hidden part to make sure the nail polish remover won’t fade your carpet. It would help if you also kept carpet remnants when you install your carpeting so that you can have something to try unto before using any carpet cleaning solution. You can also use hydrogen peroxide if your carpet is white, mainly because it has a bleaching effect.

More Methods 

  1. At this point, blot the stained area with your wet towel to clean 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 which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. Then continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until you remove the spot.
  3. Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
  4. Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and dry.
  5. Repeat the process until all the stains wholly transferred to the cloth and no nail polish trace on your carpet.
  6. After you remove all the stains, you may 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 down with brick.
  8. Dry the area thoroughly before allowing anybody to use it.

Lips Stick Removal Guide

  • You should not apply any carpet cleaning solution directly to your carpet to avoid any additional damage like bleaching. It would be better if you have 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, West Auckland.

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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, stain removal service, can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained by using the procedures in this spot removal guide.

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Experienced, Researched and written by GRAEME STEPHENS. PUBLISHED 10/12/2014.

UPDATED 19/04/2021