How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

There is nothing more annoying than getting nail polish on your carpet. You can get it out with some common household items, and if you do it right the first time, there will be no stains left behind! Here’s How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet.

How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

If it’s happened to you, then you know how annoying it is to deal with it. Regardless of what kind or type of carpet you have, it’s still a nail polish emergency. It might appear like an impossible task to embark on once nail polish has fallen or stained your beautiful carpet, but the good news is that you can get it out! There are different methods in saving your favorite rug, but these are some of the best tips I’ve found that takes very little time.

How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

I know that when it comes to anything spilling on your carpets, it’s a pain in the butt, especially if they’re stubborn stains. The funny thing is that the spill is never in an inconspicuous area. Once something gets into your carpet fibers, that’s it, you’ve got a stained area and it’s time for the cleaning solution. Over the last six months, I’ve had coffee stains, marker stains, pen stains, and (yes) nail polish stains. The good thing is that there are actually many things that you have right in your home when it comes to figuring out How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet.

Ways to Remove a Nail Polish Carpet Stain

How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

As difficult as it might be, the best time to get out a stain on your carpet is when you’ve got fresh stains. That’s right, a fresh nail polish spill is the best time to get it out. I’m going to share a few cleaning methods, but I will say this at the top, the sooner you can get to the stain, it’s the best way to do it. Wet polish gets out better than dry nail polish. These are simple techniques that will hopefully help you when trying to determine How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet!

Good Old Water

That’s right, take some water (warm water or cold water) and in a circular motion, try and clean some of the nail polish up. Take a cloth or cotton ball and gently try and clean up what you can get. The trick is to remember not to grind it into the carpet, you just want to carefully blot the area in small circular motions to see what you can get out quickly. If you feel more comfortable using a cotton swab or cotton ball, use those.

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Ginger Ale

It’s worth a shot if you have it at home! If you pour some ginger ale over the stain on your carpet, you might be able to get it out quickly. Take a white cloth and carefully blot the area to see about getting it out. I like using a white or lighter colored cloth because I’m able to determine how much of the stain I’m actually lifting out of my carpet.

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Nail Polish Remover

The quickest way to remove nail polish from your carpet is by using a clean paper towel (or clean cloth) and acetone nail polish remover. This really is the easy way because this is actually a nail polish remover. This cleaning product works wonders because of how quickly it evaporates after being applied to the stain.

How do you do it? First, pour a bit of acetone onto the small or big stain and then cover it with paper towels. Make sure you cover the affected area with as much of the remover as possible. Place something heavy on top of this (like books or another piece of furniture) so that you can apply pressure without having to hold anything down. Leave this for several hours before removing the items and checking how much progress has been made. You might even see if work immediately. If there is still some nail polish remaining, repeat these steps until all traces are gone.

If you don’t have any acetone in your home, then try rubbing alcohol or vegetable oil instead! This is probably the best bet when you’re trying to find How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet.

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Believe it or not, hair spray is a secret cleaning weapon. My mother has always used hairspray to get stains out of clothing, so it would only make sense for it to work on nail polish on your carpet, too. Just take your spray bottle and aim it at the area that is stained with nail polish and blot or brush the area carefully to see what you can get up from the carpet. Again, don’t grind it back into the carpet, take your time to slowly try and work the stain out.

If you spray it a few times and aren’t seeing much of anything happen, don’t be afraid to do more pumps of hairspray to really try and get the stain out. If it’s dried polish, you’ll have a more difficult time getting it out, but keep going. Hairspray has always been a great spot removal for me throughout the years, so it’s definitely an item that you want to take out and use, too.

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Detergent Solution

I’ve always thought of using detergent as one of the best methods because it’s a natural cleaner. You also don’t have to worry about doing a spot test because you know detergent will work on any kind of fabric whether it’s delicate fabrics or not. Drop some of the detergent onto the stain and carefully try and work it out with a clean towel or a clean rag. If you’re worried about using detergent, try dish soap. I’m all about using soap that I use in my everyday life to help me try and get stains out, it’s always a best bet for me to help get a clean spot sparkling after a stain.

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Homemade Cleaning Solution

If you’re looking to make your very own stain remover at home for any stains, try this mixture. If you have baking soda, dish soap, vinegar ( use white vinegar), and clean water, then you’re good! Mix all of these ingredients together equally. My rule of thumb is to start with a small amount of each and then just add as much as you need as you move along with the cleaning process.

Create the mixture and then coat it over the stain and let it sit for a couple of hours. I like to keep checking to see how it’s working, but you don’t have to. Once a few hours have passed you can either vacuum it up or clean it up with a clean cloth or rag. The vinegar will give it a smell, but it will eventually go away! This is a quick-dry cleaning solvent for you to make yourself and an easy stain removal method for any stain, but especially for How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet.

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Wet Vacuum

One great way to get a fresh nail polish stain out is turning to your wet vacuum if you have one. This is the easiest way to get most stains out, but many people don’t have wet vacuums, so it’s important to be able to give other tips and cleaning methods, too

If getting nail polish out of carpet using household products doesn’t work completely, don’t worry because this isn’t uncommon. Many times it depends on what color nail polish you spilled. If it’s a bold and dark color, it can be even tougher to get out. You can always go to a professional carpet dry cleaner and they should be able to get the stain out completely.

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It’s never fun when anything spills on your carpet, but these are important things to remember because these tips can be your first line of defense against the stain. Since this has happened to us, I keep every nail polish bottle away and just get them done at the nail salon now. It’s the easiest and safest bet for me and my daughter. Once you have a nail polish spillage, it doesn’t matter how much nail polish spilled out or even the size of the stain, you don’t want it to happen again! Nail polish mishaps are not fun!

Hopefully, these tips will help you out if it happens to you at home!

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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