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Removing Nail Polish from Carpet

By FAF Staff Writer, (279 words) Posted in Care And Maintenance on December 9, 2008
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Bright red fingernails can be very alluring, but a bright red spot of nail polish on your carpet is generally not. If you find yourself in this situation, don't fret! There are a lot of stain-removal tips on the Internet and I've listed a few of them below. Some may seem rather commonplace while others seem a bit more unusual, but feel free to try them and see what works for you. Never forget that when using any stain-removal solution first test it on a small hidden area of carpet to make sure it won't damage or discolor it. Also, make sure you blot stains rather than rub them as rubbing can spread the stain or embed it further into the carpet fibers.

Try these:

  1. Apply enough water to wet the stain. Lightly coat the stain with hairspray, and then apply 3-5 splashes of rubbing alcohol. Gently scrub the stain with a brush, and then blot with a paper towel. Rinse with water, and blot dry.
  2. Use nail-polish remover... but beware! This is very likely to remove dye from your carpet. On lighter carpets this may work well but on darker carpets it is much more likely to do more harm than good.
  3. Apply water and hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Head out to your garage and grab some carburetor and choke or brake fluid cleaner. This was one of the more unusual remedies I found during my research; nevertheless, there are folks out there who claim it works.

With a little time and effort, it seems even nail polish can be safely removed from your carpet. If you've found a cleaning method that works for you, feel free to post it in the comments of this blog!


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Comments (38)

Heather H. posted on: April 16, 2009

This really works Im a total spaz and always end up spilling something somewhere everywhere! thanks for posting this blog. its very helpful!

T. posted on: April 29, 2009

Thanks for the help with my nail polish accident. This would happen to me but thankfully there's a way to fix my carpeting. :)

Aidra posted on: May 20, 2009

Thank you so much! this really worked. I'm very grateful for the instructions on removing my nail polish. I thought I was screwed but i got my hair spray and rubbing alcohol and it fixed my carpet. tada!

Rosa posted on: May 27, 2009

Wow. Number one really works.
I spilled some green nail polish on my parents tan carpet. And got in completely out! Even in the roots of the carpet. Thank you so much.

Alyssa posted on: September 10, 2009

thank youu soo much.
i just got new carpet and you can't even tell that i spilt blue nail polish everywhere! number one works! thankk you!

Susie posted on: October 21, 2009

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The first option really really works! :-)

I am staying with my sister for a while and she left home by myself today whilst she's at work. So I was enjoying my ME time up til I spilt some COPPER colured nail polish on a cream carpet!!!

I was so freaked out, was not sure what to do!!! So I googled around and found this page and voila!!!

I'm just drying off the spot now and there is barely any trace. Just a very very faint pinkish colour, which barely noticeable.

So, I think I can actually get away with not telling her of the incident all together!!! Thats how good this works!!! :-):-):-)

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We were polishing our nails when my friend dropped the bottle open on my carpet. I tried doing the first step and it worked for me. Thank you, you're a life saver!

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OMGosh This is a lifesaver my daughter got into my polish now there are red spots all in my carpet. Thanks for this!

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