Undoubtedly, spilling nail polish has happened to every woman. The good news is that cleaning these spots is not impossible. The most important condition is to act on time because otherwise the stain will dry and will be tougher to remove. The best way to get rid of nail polish on different surfaces is using nail polish remover. But before you do, you must think if there is a risk of damaging the surface. For starters, make sure your nail polish remover is acetone free. Take a look at our helpful tips:
- Wood -Never use nail polish remover on a varnished wood. So, you will only make things worse as the remover will break the cover. In order to remove nail polish stains from wooden surface, you will need mineral spirits. Put a little onto a cotton cloth and rub until the stain disappears. Then use a suitable detergent for wooden surfaces to clean the surface thoroughly. Another way to deal with nail polish stains on your wooden floor, furniture, etc. is to blot the spot with a clean towel and then apply some wax. Leave it for a few minutes and after that remove it carefully.
- Clothes – If you have stained your clothing with a nail polish, then first see what kind of material your clothes are made of. When it comes to delicate and cotton matters, you should take them to dry cleaning immediately. Test some acetone free nail polish remover on a part of the fabric which is not visible. If you don’t see anything wrong happening, then you can safely use it to remove the stain. Once you have done it, immediately wash the garment.
- Carpets – Removing nail polish from your rugs starts with blotting as soon as possible. Use an old towel for that purpose. When you are done with absorbing the stain, you must be careful to avoid spreading the spot on the carpet. In that case, forget about any circular movements in blotting the stain. Be careful and patient if you want to preserve the good overall state of your rug. Use something blunt such as the end of a spoon and remove as much as possible any nail polish remains from the carpet. Make sure you don’t press it, so you will not make the polish penetrate deeper in the rug and therefore damage its fibers.
- Now it is time for the essential part of the procedure. Dip the end of a white cotton cloth in pure acetone or nail polish remover. Keep the necessary patience and slowly start to treat the nail polish stain. You have to be very careful in the use of the nail polish remover (or the acetone). Use them sparingly, because if you use too much, then you can seriously damage the carpet, so the nail polish spot would be just a minor problem. In addition, do not forget to open and ventilate the room. Use household gloves to protect the skin of your hands.
- Get a new cloth and blot the stain after you have treated it with acetone or nail polish remover. Fill a sprayer with water by adding a tablespoon of bleach. Spray with the solution what’s left of the nail polish stain on the carpet and wait for five to ten minutes. It would be better if you have at hand oxygen bleach. Your local carpet cleaners recommend replace the ordinary bleach and include oxygen bleach in your cleaning routine. The latter is considered less dangerous to the colours and the tissues. Finally, get a dry cloth and carefully dry the surface. Avoid using paper towels and kitchen rolls.
- Upholstery – If the nail polish stain is still wet, then use a paper towel to soak up as much as possible (just put it on the spot). Then use a bit of nail polish remover to get rid of the stain. Follow the same steps as for carpets and if needed call the domestic cleaning company in your area for some advice. If the nail polish is already dry, then you should place an ice cube over the stain first. It would make the spot more brittle and easier to scrape. Use an old toothbrush to do that. After you have cleaned up as much as you can, use a rag dipped in acetone or nail polish remover to remove any residues.
Before you use any kind of cleaning product, remember to read the instructions! Don’t be fooled that if you put more cleaning agent, then it will make sanitising faster and more efficient. On the contrary, in most cases the disinfecting process becomes more difficult. If you are not sure you can handle the particular situation by yourself, then the best and the safest opportunity for you is getting further professional assistance.