Nail polish might look great on your fingers. But, when it gets on your carpet, it looks like a mess. The stain left behind by the nail polish is nasty and easily noticeable. Even worse, it can be difficult to remove.
Before you panic, it’s not impossible to remove the stain so, your carpet can be saved. If you’re wondering how to get fingernail polish out of carpet, this guide will walk you through the process in short and easy steps.
Nail Polish Remover
One of the best and most effective products in removing nail polish from carpets is nail polish remover (Non-acetone polish remover to be precise). The same way the remover gets rid of polish from your nails, it works the same way in removing polish from carpets.
Before you jump on your bottle of nail polish remover, make sure it doesn’t contain acetone. Acetone can discolor and damage the carpet. That’s why you should be cautious with the remover you use.
Wet a piece of paper towel or white fabric with some of the nail polish remover and use it to blot the polish. Be sure to scrub gently and in a circular motion. Try to keep the movements to a minimum to avoid spreading the stain.
Once the stain comes out, you can rinse the area with a little water and let it dry. If the nail polish smell is still present, you rinse the carpet again. You can also use a steam vacuum mop which has better results and reduces drying time.
A mixture of Ginger ale and Baking Soda
Using this approach requires patience and accuracy. You need to follow the instructions carefully for this method to work.
Start by pouring some of the baking soda on the stain. After pouring some baking soda on the stain, pour some ginger ale on top of the baking soda to help wet the baking soda. Leave the mixture to sit on the stain for up to 10 minutes. This helps to loosen the stain and make it easier to remove.
Use a brush to scrub the affected area to obliterate the stain. Rinse the carpet after scrubbing off the stain and let it dry.
Another way to remove nail polish stains from your carpet is by using hairspray. Before using hairspray, you should pour water on the affected area. Spray a generous amount of hairspray directly on the stain.
Let it sit for a few minutes before using a toothbrush to agitate and scrub off the stain. If the stain doesn’t come off completely, you can apply more hairspray if needed and scrub some more. Repeat the process until the carpet is clean.
After successfully removing the stain, rinse the carpet with water to remove any smell and let it dry. You may need to rinse a couple of times before the results are satisfactory.
When using alcohol on your carpet, you should be very careful. Alcohol can discolor or damage the carpet. It’s imperative to try the alcohol on a small patch on a less conspicuous part of the carpet. If the carpet is not damaged or doesn’t change color, you’re in the clear to go ahead and use this tip.
There are two ways you can use rubbing alcohol. The first approach requires you to pour the rubbing alcohol on the affected patch on the carpet and using a toothbrush to scrub the stain off.
Alternatively, you can pour the alcohol on a cloth and use it to blot out the polish. This method works when the nail polish has completely dried into the carpet.
It’s also possible to use vinegar to wet the stain. Apply enough vinegar to soak the stain, then place a paper towel or sponge on the stain. Allow about 10 minutes for the vinegar to work on the stain then blot the stain using the paper towel. You can finish off the task by scrubbing the stain using a toothbrush then rinse the carpet.
Having an affordable vacuum cleaner can also make it easier to dry the carpet and ensure you can use the carpet sooner.
Most of the products and tools you need to remove polish stains are readily available inside your house. However, it’s advisable not to jump onto the stain as soon as the polish pours onto the carpet. It’s better to let it dry in because it’s less likely to spread and easier to manage.