To some, myself included, the thought of spilling fingernail polish is like a bad dream. In fact, when I paint my fingernails, I put down layers and layers of protection for that very reason. Because fingernail polish tends to be so brightly colored, the thought of it lingering on my favorite beige couch or white carpet is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Or maybe it’s because that stubborn gooey liquid seems impossible to remove and the so called “remover” of fingernail polish can do just about as much damage as the spill itself.
Although getting out fingernail polish can be an arduous task, there are steps to take to get rid of the spill and get your carpet or fabric looking like new. How you will remove the stain depends on where you spilled the polish. Here are a couple of options:
Act quickly. The sooner you start to get the stain out the better. First, you’ll need to get as much of the excess polish off of the carpet as possible. Blot gently and don’t rub as you want to make sure you don’t make the stain larger by spreading it around.
If you have light colored carpet, a non-acetone remover is probably your best bet in getting the polish removed. Place a small amount on a cloth or sponge and blot the stain until no color remains. If your carpet is dark or has a variety of colors, you must be careful as to not remove the dye from the carpet. Using hairspray or rubbing alcohol to remove the stain, may be a safer option. You can also try hydrogen peroxide using a small dropper.
Fabric or Upholstery
You were sitting on your couch painting your nails and somehow that lovely hot pink color you were so fond of is now dripping down the side of your light gray loveseat. Again, by acting quickly you have the best chance of removing the stain for good. When removing nail polish from fabric you’ll need to make sure that if you use nail polish remover it won’t harm the fabric itself. (Sometimes it will actually dissolve the fabric, so spot testing is a must!) If you have access to a dry cleaning solvent, try that first. If you still need help getting the stain out, apply some hydrogen peroxide to the area and blot gently. Then apply water with a sponge to remove any remaining residue and gently dry with a clean cloth.
Once the stain is gone, take a deep breath and remind yourself that when painting your nails, an easy-to-clean surface such as your bathroom floor may be your best bet.
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