How To Remove Nail Polish From Carpet

Of all the things you could spill on your carpet, you might believe that nail polish is among the worst to remove. Fortunately, in many cases, there are do-it-yourself solutions to getting nail polish out of carpet. So, before you start tearing out your hair, read on.

How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

Our preferred method for getting nail polish out of carpet is to use non-acetone nail polish remover. The non-acetone part is important since acetone will quickly destroy the latex glues in your carpet backing that hold all the fibers in. Don’t use acetone on carpet, ever!

Removing Fingernail Polish from Carpet Using Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

  1. If the nail polish spill is recent, try and remove as much as possible from the carpet using a paper towel or clean rag. Don’t do anything to spread the stain out, such as scrubbing it. If you’re working with dry nail polish, skip this step as well as step 2.
  2. Blot the stain with a clean area of the rag or paper towel. The more nail polish you can remove in this step, the less we have to remove later.
  3. Once as much nail polish as reasonably possible has been removed, apply non-acetone nail polish remover to the affected area. Blot with a clean paper towel or rag.
  4. Continue adding small amounts of non-acetone nail polish remover while continuing to blot with a clean area of cloth or paper towel. Continue removing the stain until it is no longer visible.

Other Alternative Solutions to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet

You may not have non-acetone nail polish remover on hand. If that’s the case, here are few other options to try that can work without damaging your carpet.

Window Cleaner

Common window cleaners contain cleaning agents that can break down nail polish and allow it to be removed. Follow the same steps as if you were using non-acetone nail polish remover.

Once you are done removing the nail polish, you’ll want to flush the area with clean cold water, blot up the remaining water, and let the area dry.

window cleaner spray used to clean nail polish out of carpet

Hair Spray

Apply water to the area stained by the nail polish. Once it’s damp, spray hairspray onto the nail polish stain. Using a small brush or a rag, gently scrub the area.

Alternate between scrubbing and spraying more hair spray back and forth a few times. Wet the stain with cold water, blot the remaining water and allow to dry.

Hair spray to remove nail polish

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can sometimes be effective at breaking down nail polish and allowing for removal. Apply rubbing alcohol to the nail polish stained area. Blot with a clean cloth.

If nail polish is visibly being removed, continue to turn the cloth to a clean area as you apply more rubbing alcohol. If the rubbing alcohol is not working, dry a different process instead.

container of rubbing alcohol

Need More Help?

MSS Cleaning is here to help with all of your stain removal and general carpet cleaning and carpet repair needs in the Denver Metro area. If you’re still struggling to get that nail polish out of your carpet, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or book an appointment online.

Or Call: 1-720-233-0761