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How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet

When nail polish finds its way from our nails to the carpet, don't worry – that cherry red spot can be removed using the following tips!


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Removing Nail Polish on Carpet – Fresh Stains

As soon as you notice the spill, grab a clean dish cloth or paper towel and try to absorb as much of the polish as possible. Whatever you do, don’t scrub or rub at the stain, but try to lightly dab at it – this will prevent the stain from spreading, and help to make the process of getting nail polish out of carpet much easier.


Before using any cleaning product on your carpet, remember to read the instructions on the label, wear protective clothing, and ensure the area is well ventilated. You should also test any product on a small, hidden part of the carpet first in order to protect against damage!

Removing Nail Polish on Carpet – Dried Stains

So it’s a few weeks later, and horror of horrors, you spot a splash of polish that you didn’t see before, meaning it has now worked its way deep into your carpet. Like with a fresh stain, you need to get rid of as much excess as possible – so grab some tweezers and get to work at picking away any excess. To make this easier, dampen the stain with a cloth.

Once you’ve removed as much excess as possible, fresh and dried-in nail polish stains can be removed in exactly the same way. Here’s our top three ways to remove nail polish from carpet.

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How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet – Alternative methods

  • Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish on carpet can easily be tackled with acetone free nail polish remover. Liberally apply the remover to the carpet and dab at the stain with clean paper towels or dishcloths until the stain has gone. Remember – make sure to do a spot test somewhere hidden from sight before starting this method!

  • Window Cleaner

Still having trouble with that stubborn stain? Surprisingly enough, window cleaner can be a great way to get nail polish out of carpets without leaving a mark. Grab yourself your favourite window cleaner – we recommend Jif’s Glass Spray – then spray it onto the stain. Let it soak in for a few minutes then gently wipe the cleaner away with a clean cloth soaked in cold water. Just like nail polish remover, you should always perform a spot test if you decide to use window cleaner on your rugs or carpets.

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