Nail polish can get on the carpet for a number of reasons – shaky hands, clumsiness, distraction, or plain old butterfingers. It’s happened to thousands of women and, more recently, quite a few men. Worst-case scenario: you got neon polish on your parents’ new white carpet, started rubbing the stain to get it out, it spread and dried, and they’re almost home. Don’t panic!
How do you get dry nail polish out of carpet?
First, scrape as much of it out as you can using the side of a spoon or a dull knife. Any of the following will help get dry nail polish out of the carpet: acetone-free nail polish remover, hairspray, rubbing alcohol, carpet stain remover, or hydrogen peroxide.
If you choose the first, make sure it really doesn’t contain acetone, because this will damage the carpet further.
If you opt for hydrogen peroxide, know it can lead to some discoloration. It’s best used on lighter-colored carpets.
Pour some of your substance of choice on a dry, clean cloth and start blotting the stain. Don’t stop until no more nail polish is coming off. Don’t rub, because the stain will spread, and you’re pushing the polish deeper down.
How do you remove nail polish from carpet with baking soda?
Pour a bit of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain or wet a sponge or cloth with it. Blot the stain as described above – until no more polish is coming off. Then, mix baking soda with some water to make a smooth paste. Apply a thick layer of the paste on the carpet. Wait an hour to let it absorb the polish.
Does vinegar remove nail polish from carpet?
Interestingly, vinegar can help remove nail polish from your carpet. It’s also a more natural way to do this and as such won’t compromise carpet quality. Pour some vinegar onto a paper towel and press it on the stain until it goes away.
Does Windex get nail polish out of carpet?
It can. Spray Windex on the stain and let it soak for a few minutes, then use a wet cloth to wipe the stain away.
After you’ve cleaned the stain, you can rinse the spot with warm water and some laundry detergent or dishwashing soap. Scrub the area gently and rinse the cloth or sponge regularly until all of the detergent or soap is gone. Using a clean towel, blot the carpet to soak up the remaining water.
Use a fan or hairdryer to dry the area. If you don’t have either of these, get some paper towels and place them on the spot. Place a heavy item on them to hold them down. The carpet will be dry in less than an hour.