Carpet Cleaning 101: Five Steps For Removing Nail Polish

Posted on: 27 March 2015

You are in the middle of giving yourself a manicure when—uh-oh—you drop your nail polish bottle on the floor. The bright, glossy, and thick nail polish begins to pour out onto the floor and you panic.

Does this sound familiar?

If so, do not fret. Although difficult, it is not impossible to remove nail polish from carpet—even white carpet. If you find yourself in this situation, just follow these five steps to get that nail polish out of your beautiful carpeting:

1. Move Quickly

As soon as you notice nail polish on your carpet, move quickly to remove it. Pick up the bottle and begin blotting it up. Even if your nails aren't dry, move now to get the nail polish out of the carpet. Remember, you can always redo your nails.

The longer the nail polish sits on the carpet, the more of it is absorbed; and the harder it will be to remove. So move quickly and start cleaning it immediately.

2. Blot the Excess

Your instinct may be to rub the nail polish. Unfortunately, rubbing is the wrong motion; and will result in an even larger mess. Instead, carefully blot the nail polish to remove it.

Use a clean paper towel and begin blotting at the edge of the stain. Repeat and move toward the center of the stain. As you continue to blot, make sure you use a fresh paper towel so you will not add more nail polish to the stain.

3. Perform a Patch Test

Once the excess nail polish has been removed, do a patch test to ensure whatever method you use will not damage or further stain the carpet. You can do a patch test on a clean area on your carpet—just pick a spot that isn't very visible.

Apply the stain remover, rinse, and look at the carpet. If you can't tell if it will leave your carpet discolored, break out your blow dryer, dry the area, and look again. If all looks fine, move on.

4. Tackle the Stain

There are many methods for removing nail polish from carpeting. The most popular methods are hairspray and non-acetone nail polish remover. If your carpet is a light color, the non-acetone nail polish remover should work well. If you have a darker carpet, try the hairspray method.

Regardless of the method, apply the product generously over the nail polish. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then blot away the excess. Repeat if necessary. If you find that some of the stain remains, consider using a carpet cleaner to remove the leftover stain and smell.

5. Rinse

Finally, rinse the area that you have cleaned with cool water. Use a spray bottle and spray the area liberally to remove excess cleaner. When you are satisfied with the results, dab the area dry with a clean washcloth or paper towel. Let air dry.

If these steps don't resolve the stain, you may need to use a more heavy-duty approach. In this case, it is recommended that you contact a professional carpet cleaner as they can advise you about what to do next.

For more information, contact Way's Floor Care And Carpet Cleaning or a similar company.