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How to Get Nail Polish Off Clothes

How to Get Nail Polish Off Just About Anything

Into every life, a little nail polish must fall. But just because you accidentally lacquered your skirt, desk, or couch, that doesn't mean the stuff has to stay there. The faster you act, the better off you'll be, and most materials respond well to solvents you already have lying around the house. See our easy polish stain fixes now.

Removing Polish From Wood
First rule: don't use nail polish remover on wood. It actually ruins finishes and leaves new, maybe even worse looking, stains. Don't panic, though, because there's actually a really easy way to fix the polish-on-wood problem. Just spritz your polish puddle down with plenty of hair spray (we use Aqua Net), let it sit for about 20 seconds, and then wipe it off. You might need to repeat the process a few times, but it's far, far preferable to having splotchy furniture.

Removing Polish From Cloth
Probably one of the most common polish problems, this is also a tricky one. Nail polish remover can interact with some dyes and fabrics (it'll actually melt acetate), so perform a spot test before you use it. If you use remover on your fabric, make sure to launder it directly afterward. And if remover isn't an option, you can always try hair spray. Dry cleaning solvent can also usually remove polish, so if you can't get it out at home, don't be afraid to run it down to your cleaners.

Removing Polish From Hair
If you were in a rush and ended up both ruining your nails and painting up your hair, the fix is pretty simple. If the polish is still wet, just grab some non-acetone polish remover and run it down the polished strands. If it's dry already, work some conditioner or oil gently through your hair until you can slide the polish bits out.

Removing Polish From Carpet
First of all, what color is your carpet? If it's light or white, using a non-acetone polish remover is probably your best bet. If it's dark and you're not sure about whether the dye might interact with it, try pouring on hair spray or rubbing alcohol and then blotting the polish up with a sponge or paper towels. Don't give up if the polish just seems to keep coming — you want to get every last bit out.

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naoma naoma 2 years
If you have spilled something on your ring SEE A JEWELER.
ChristinaWiseman ChristinaWiseman 3 years
KathyBraasch Turn off the water in your toilet once it is off flush the toilet. Then take a Mr. Clean sponge the real thing for heavy duty cleaning it will come of. Ours was purple all over the sink. It came right off.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 3 years
@KathyBraasch, That's a tricky one! Wondering if you have to drain the water and then remove it with acetone. Perhaps a plumber or hardware store can help. Good luck!
KathyBraasch KathyBraasch 3 years
Any idea how to get nail polish out of a toilet bowl. My son dropped the nail brush down the toilet and I don't know how to get it off.
Humbird Humbird 3 years
Another way to remove nail polish from carpet is by using Windex. Yes, Windex! Spray, blot, spray, blot over and over. It took me about 10 blots to get it all out! This tip was given to me from another blog. It works!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @Kari2933689 Did you try regular remover with acetone?
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @Lorinda3209277 Wow. Glad it worked out! (I love that your niece decided to hide the polish. I did the same when I spilled polish remover on my mom's dresser. Eek.)
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @Carolyn3084656 I would call a jeweler!
Lorinda3209277 Lorinda3209277 3 years
My niece spilled a huge glob of polish on light blue carpet  in the middle of the living room and hid it from us. After researching on the internet we removed the majority with polish remover we went over it with windex. It all came out. Can't tell it ever happened.
Carolyn3084656 Carolyn3084656 3 years
Please help i got nail polish on my wedding ring is it safe to use remover? it is deep inside so can what can i do
Kari2933689 Kari2933689 3 years
what can i do to get red nail polish off my tile grout and walls my daughter spilled some on there bout a month ago and i cant seem to find anything to get it off of everything any tips would be great :)   
Angie2908918 Angie2908918 3 years
Help!!!!  Returning from a recent family trip to Alaska,  my youngest daughter had a bottle of BLACK nail polish shatter all over 2 small stuffed animals that she purchased as gifts for family/friends.  Any help for removal would be so appreciated!!!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
 @Janell2622906 I know! Wish I would have had these when I was a teenager who did a fair share of spilling back in the day.
Janell2622906 Janell2622906 4 years
Who knew?
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
 @Annabell5679 Thanks for the tip! I've never heard that.
Annabell5679 Annabell5679 4 years
I had bright pink nail polish spill on my carpet a few years ago and after a ton of Internet research I tried a cheap bottle of white men's shaving cream and a scrub brush. It worked amazingly! Took it right out! Lather it on work it in. You have to repeat this several times but I guarantee it works!
Kassy2506168 Kassy2506168 4 years
what about on leather purses and walls? anybody? :)
trixiew trixiew 4 years
I'm glad to have read this, needed the info last summer but I bet it will come up again!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
 @bemily912 Cool trick. I almost want to try it out now, but will refrain until an actual spill does happen. Thanks for the tip!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
 @auddie Thanks for the tip! Haven't tried this (and hopefully won't have to!) but I'll keep it in mind for future spills.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
 @Ellenora Purple watercolor? You are a woman of many talents.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
 @bemily912 Oh wow. I've never heard that.
bemily912 bemily912 4 years
Pouring sugar on wet polish dropped on floors with actually make it clump right up so you can just wipe it away!
Ellenora Ellenora 4 years
 @Annie Tomlin All I have to say is look at my carpet. The proof is ALL there. My landlord has been hinting we might be getting new carpets soon and if we are, I would be a mighty happy camper. No more cola stains! (Heck, no more giant purple watercolor water stain....there's a long story with that one.) Oh, we won't talk about the giant nail polish remover stain that left that part of the carpet a shade lighter than the rest. If it's spillable, I've probably spilled it!
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