Ellie Levenson

Tips and Tricks

How To Remove Nail Polish From A Carpet?

Have you ever done your nails and accidentally got some nail polish on your carpet? It’s a horrible thing, honestly. You immediately panic, get up, get a paper towel, and start rubbing the surface in desperate desire to correct your mistake – but guess what? That is how you make an even bigger mess!

What You Need To Do Instead?

The last thing you want to do is spread the nail polish on your carpet which is why you need to gently blot as much as possible with a paper towel. Do not rub or scrub! If the nail polish has already dried up then you need to scoop the excess with a knife or a spoon.

Then you need to grab rubbing alcohol. This is my secret! I don’t use any fancy stain removers nor do I use nail polish remover – I simply use rubbing alcohol! In the past, I have tried using vinegar and baking soda, however, they aren’t effective when it comes to removing nail polish.

Now, after blotting the excess I usually wet the affected area with cold water then I spray it with rubbing alcohol. I continue with scrubbing the area (gently!) with a scrub brush for about a minute or so. I repeat these steps as many times as I need until the nail polish is removed completely!

Can You Use Nail Polish Remover?

This is a question that I often get and the answer is yes, however, you need to be very careful! The nail polish remover you use should be both non-acetone and dye-free. That way you will be able to avoid damaging the fibres and dying the carpet the colour the nail polish remover is!

I would suggest you to patch test a hidden area of your carpet first before you treat the stain because you never know how the carpet would react. That way, if any damage occurs, you would have damaged only an area which isn’t visible.

If everything is okay and there is no damage then pour the nail polish remover in a cloth and gently dab the stained area.