Nail polish can be difficult to remove from carpet, especially if it has already dried. Check out these tips for getting the nail polish stain out. This is a guide about removing nail polish from carpet.
I spilled dark wine fingernail polish on my light bedroom carpet. Panic! I grabbed polish remover and poured on it and rubbed with a rag and made a worse mess. By now it was almost dry. Help! Someone said to use Windex of all things. I had an off brand window cleaner, but tried it and in a couple of minutes the carpet was like new. I didn't think it would work, but it did. Remember this just in case.
By Diane H. from Louisville, TN
I hope this helps, I knocked over a container of nail polishes onto my light blue bedroom carpet. Needless to say some of them broke, hot pinks, lime greens, etc. After I blotted up what I could with a napkin, I used a bottle of liquid hairspray, a brush, and after scrubbing a bit it came out in no time. Be generous with the hairspray, I literally poured it on. Any kind will do.
How do I remove dark blue nail polish that spilled all over my beige Berber carpet?
December 7, 2010
I just spilled teal blue in my bedroom carpet. I jumped up and ran into my bathroom to get every cleaning product. Nothing worked. Then I jumped on my lap top and typed it up on ask.com and saw to use nail polish remover which I have very little of. Too my surprise I read a blog where someone used windex and it worked better. It all came out! Yes. It works better than nail polish remover!
Darling great grandsons spilled nail polish on Mommy's new microfiber couch, also on nylon carpet. What can she do to remove it?
By Mimaw Shirley
How do you get nail polish out of carpet?
By Nancy from Bluffton, IN
By Maria 1
How do I remove dry blue fingernail polish from tan carpet?
By Maria from Salem, OR
March 30, 2011
My daughter spilled red nail polish on light blue carpet a couple years ago. We went to the store and bought acetone nail polish remover. I'd test an area before doing this.
We poured the acetone on the spot (it was a big spot) or you could pout it onto an old, clean rag. DAB it, don't rub it in. You will have to use a lot of rags. It took about an hour to get the entire stain out, but after the carpet dried, you couldn't tell anything had been spilled on it.
The top broke off of a hot pink nail polish and spilled on my light blue carpet. What should I do:( ?
My daughter dropped a bottle of red nail polish on my tile floor and I can't get it out of the grout spaces. It also spilled on the carpeted stairs so it's also on the carpet. What can I use to remove the nail polish?
By Cheryl from Chatsworth, CA
What is the best way of cleaning red nail polish from carpet?
Last night a bottle fell off the dresser hit the floor and busted. It was late I didn't know anything to do, so today I tried nail polish remover and glass cleaner. So far I'm having no luck getting out the stain, does anyone have any suggestions?
How can you get different nail polish colors off of carpet? The carpet is light brown.
By Joey K.
|I need help getting red nail polish out of light tan Berber carpet and also my son's Blue cotton t-shirt. I've heard using nail polish remover might damage the carpet. Any suggestions? Please!|
TC from PA
|Nail Polish Remover||08/15/2004|
|I would try nail polish remover. First dab to soak up any extra polish you can without making the stain bigger. Then wet a clean rag with nail polish remover and dab the stain. It may be time consuming but it should work.|
|By Anne H. (Guest Post)|
|Spray n Wash||09/17/2004|
|Use spray n wash, it actually worked.|
|By barbie (Guest Post)|
|By Stewy (Guest Post)|
|This worked for me just now, windex and a white wash cloth in cold water, came right out.|
|By Average Guy (Guest Post)|
|Windex Woked for Me||07/14/2005|
|I tried the suggestion on using windex and a wet cloth, and I got red nail polish out of my tan carpet, it worked great. just let it soak for about a minute and use the cloth to work it out.|
|By Jen (Guest Post)|
|Windex Worked for Me as Well||07/27/2005|
|I, too, was desperate when my daughter spilled a brand new bottle of bright orange nail polish on our NEW carpet. I used Windex and it worked. Thank you so much for the advice - I told all of my friends! :)|
|By Claire (Guest Post)|
|Black Nail Polish||07/27/2005|
|Well, I got black nail polish on my pink rug and couldn't leave my room in fear my mother would come in and see it. Soousing things in my room, i got it out with: |
|By Katie (Guest Post)|
|We just used the Windex to get red nail polish off of white carpet and it got most of it out.|
|By Britt & Chris (Guest Post)|
|WINDEX WORKS! I just got out a lot of purple nail polish out of a white carpet. It takes a lot of elbow grease.|
|By Lisa (Guest Post)|
|OMG, I seriously just used windex and it worked! Who ever thought of that is a life saver thank you so much!|
|By Emmy (Guest Post)|
|I was desperate. I just spilled dark red nail polish on my carpet and looked in a helpful hints book on how to get it out. Guess what...they didn't have anything there, so I came to my computer and saw that someone got it out with Windex. I was skeptical but decided to give it a try. It worked like a charm. Thanks for the help.|
|By Sue (Guest Post)|
|RE: Nail Polish on Carpet||10/02/2005|
|I just spilled a bottle of nail polish on my biege carpet and I tried the windex remedy and it worked! Thanks!!!!|
|By April (Guest Post)|
|RE: Nail Polish on Carpet||10/04/2005|
|Well, let me just say that this is a miracle! When I was using the Windex I felt like the Father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but who cares> It worked, thanks so much for having this Tip up here, otherwise I would've been grounded for the rest of my life!|
|By Lauren (Guest Post)|
|Dried Nail Polish||10/13/2005|
|does the windex (or anything else) work if the nail polish is dried?|
|By Jaye (Guest Post)|
|RE: Dried Nail Polish||10/13/2005|
|I think if the nail polish is dry you would need some kind of solvent to get it out, in other words, I doubt if the windex would work with polish that has dried. It wouldn't hurt to try though.|
|Nothing Worked for Me||10/13/2005|
|For red nail polish on a beige carpet - I tried: acetone, hairspray, alcohol, water, peroxide, carpet shampoo for pet stains, and finally windex. Sorry (for me) to say - it's still there. It's alittle lighter tho. :(|
|By Karen (Guest Post)|
|Ran Out of Windex||12/06/2005|
|WINDEX was working but we ran out so we tried amonia and ALCOHOL and that got it out!|
|By Hailey (Guest Post)|
|Okay my 5 year old and my 3 year old spilled well actually painted the carpet and the walls with wine colored finger nail polish. So yeah I used finger nail polish remover on the walls and it worked however we will have to repaint it took the paint off too :( . Then on the carpet I used a generic brand of windex and it kinda worked enough elbow grease and it'll come out the rest of the way. I totally thank this web site because with out it we would have to lose a lot of money for our deposit. Thanks again.|
|By Tiffany (Guest Post)|
|My daughter just spilled hot pink nail polish on our brand new light beige carpet, and then tried to "rub it out" before I discovered the mess. After reading this I realized I needed to try Windex - but didn't have any! So I tried my Oxi Clean Laundry Stain Remover and after about 20 minutes of continuous scrubbing - I think I've got it all out. So far you can't tell there was pink polish anywhere - just waiting for it to dry to be sure. Just be careful, because there is bleach in the cleaner and it made my skin start to turn white and bubble - I guess I should have put on some gloves huh?|
|By Angry Mom (Guest Post)|
|Rub shaving cream on it let it sit for about 1 minute then scrub and after scrub hot water over it.|
|By Kate (Guest Post)|
|A Combo that Worked||03/22/2006|
|I just had many drops of red polish (thanks to my 18 month old daughter) spilled on our cream berber. Happy to say that a combination of windex, nail polish remover, combo of hot H2O, vinegar and dish detergent - and then finally very diluted bleach and cool water got it out (I think!). It was fresh so I was thankful for that. If it's been sitting (I did discover one spot which I had not noticed) - do the nail polish remover first and blot, then do the windex and work it in with your finger, then the hot water with detergent and vinegar and it should come out.|
|By Linda (Guest Post)|
My ferret spilled blue nail polish on my beige carpet! How can I get it out? I tried nail polish remover but it didn't help. Can anyone help?
Dana from PA
My lil one just spilled her red nail polish on my tan carpet! I sprayed it with shaving cream and let it sit for a couple minutes and wiped it up with a towel! I can't see it anymore! (05/25/2006)
I spilt hot pink nail polish on are carpet so we used nail polish remover, windex, shaving cream, and water. Now you can barely see it. (06/04/2006)
My granddaughter spilled black nail polish in the center of a berber carpet just as they were leaving the house for work/camp. My daughter only had time to blot it up with paper towels. She called me from work, asking what could be done. Thriftyfun to the rescue! I printed out this question and its responses. She used Windex, and the stain came out. Thank you on her behalf.
I faced this challenge after 16 month old son dropped & broke a bottle of dark burgundy nail polish on beige carpet which also splashed onto computer case & USB port as well. On the carpet, first I tried nail polish remover & it wasn't working fast enough. We didn't have the name brand "Windex." Ran to the Dollar Tree & bought some "LA's Awesome" mentioned in a previous post. With hot water, old rag, lots of elbow grease, Prayer and the "Awesome" it came out in about 30 minutes_ of Spray, scrub, pat, Spray, scrub, pat. Computer: just used the nail polish remover, q-tips, and all is well. Hope this helps someone. Thanks Thrifty Fun! (08/26/2006)
I spilled pink nail polish 3 months ago, in the office of a rental property I was renting. With over $1500 at stake, I was in desperate need of divine intervention. So, I went to work, well my husband tried to help, but he almost managed to set the house a fire, by using gasoline! Anyway, I pulled out the shampooer, pulled up the fatal liquid and fumes and sought "Google, " were I found all of your advice. Using a combination of the Windex, WD-40, Carpet Detergent, Nail Polish Remover and prayer.The Landlord's cream carpet is almost as good as new, at least it's not noticeable. Your advice saved me my $1500 rental deposit, replacement of the carpet and frustration.
Thanks so much,
God Bless! (08/29/2006)
My daughter spilled half a bottle of red nail polish on our NEW tan carpet! AFter panicking, I read the entries on this website and ended up getting it out with hairspray and windex. It took some elbow grease but it worked! THANK GOODNESS! My husband would've blown a gasket! (09/28/2006)
How can I remove a pool of red nail polish from my beige carpet?
Kyles from Adelaide, South Australia
I used windex and carpet detergent to get bright red nail polish out of the carpet that had been there for a good 18 hours or so. (11/14/2006)
Well unfortunately i just went throught this ordeal with my 2 year old daughter at her grandparents house, on new beige berber with a lovely red nail polish. After reading the input on this site I went to it armed with windex, nail polish remover, shaving cream, and WD40. Nail polish remover just smeared the polish all over and didnt do the job. Windex helped breake up the stain, but still wasnt all that effective. Shaving cream was just useless. WD40 was a pure miracle it removed the stain almost 99.5%, you can only see a very light pink tint, but you need to know were the accident happened to notice it. Hope this helps someone else, and try not to panick the WD40 will get it out. (11/23/2006)
By albright party of 4
Windex does not affect coloured carpet and works on dried stains ....I spilled a rose coloured nail polish on a rose coloured carpet, doesn't sound bad...but it was right in the middle of the room and it was pretty obvious. I first tried nail polish remover diluted with water, hoping it would not harm the colour in the carpet. It did not work at all and I left it for the night because we had company. 24 hours later it was a dried up dark spot that was driving me nuts. I read your info on windex and thought I might as well try it. I think it took about 2 minutes..I was amazed that it all came out and did not affect the colour of the carpet at all. Thanks to your site. (03/29/2007)
Our daughter spilled black nail polish on our light beige burber carpet. I first tried non-acetone nail polish. It just smeared it. Then, thanks to your site, we tried the windex. With lots of elbow grease we got it down to a very very light stain. I am going to let it dry and then try a bit of WD40 on it after. Hopefully that will work. BTW, WD40 works awesome for getting crayon off the wall. (04/15/2007)
I got Sally Hansen's "Coral Amber" (which is a deep pinkish orange color) all over the beige berber carpet in our spare bedroom. Of course, we are renting. So I was freaking out because it would cost a LOT of money to get this room recarpeted.
I immediately tried the nail polish remover and it ust smeared it in. That is when I started to really feel hopeless. But I found this page and read about the Windex and Shout. IT WORKED! The areas that hadn't gotten too dry were able to be cleaned right up by using Shout and rubbing with a warm washcloth for about 10 minutes. The stuff that got dry before I could get to it, I used Windex. Worked perfect!! (04/23/2007)
Just tried the Windex on the dried red nail polish (on my very light beige carpet) and the nail polish disappeared. Amazing! I was thinking of trying nail polish remover but thought it might smear and not remove the color from the carpet. Thank you for your help. (05/01/2007)
DO NOT USE POLISH REMOVER! I tried it before finding this website and exactly what the others said happened! I was ready to polish and the bottle just like jumped out of my hand and landed all over my plush carpet. I went to pick it up, and low and behold it fell again! I was in such a state of panic and grabbed the remover and of course it smeared and I was on the verge of screaming but decided to chek out the web, because I depened on it for all my answers. Luckily I found this web site, and grabbed the windex, that was ok and helped but for me it was the oxy-clean and a little bit of clorex counter cleaner!1 It got all sudsy and with alot of elbow grease the stain is all gone!! NOW, I see the rest of my carpet needs to be cleaned - but thats for a latter date!! Hope I helped ya, because everyone above has helped me. (05/11/2007)
I used Felsnaptha soap while the nail polish was still wet. Worked great. (05/26/2007)
My daughter spilled finger nail polish on my brand new burber carpet and on my brand new bed spread I used everything from windex to shave gel to oxyclean nothing worked. Desperate I got out the carb. cleaner it worked great on the bed spread and carpet did not ruin it at all. (06/03/2007)
How can I remove a pool of red nail polish from my beige carpet?
Kyles from Adelaide, South Australia
OMG! Windex or Window Cleaner (I didn't have the brand name one) works like a charm. I looked on this site yesterday, went home and tried it and it worked. The nail polish was courtesy of my 14 year old daughter, no comment :) Don't know how old it was, but definitely more than a few days. I saturated the areas with the window cleaner, used a paper towel to wipe/rub and it all came out! The color was a deep purple/brown, very obvious. I used water to wash it off afterward and then towel dried. You can't even tell what happened. Thank you guys so much! (06/12/2007)
Cheers for Windex! I panicked when my two year old son got into nail polish, he was trying to be like mommy and have pink toes. My hubby just put brand new carpet in the room 6 months ago. With the help of Windex I will never have to admit to what happened. I understand accidents happen, but they are always on my watch. (06/13/2007)
OMG thank you sooo much! My mom had just had our carpet cleaned and my bright red toe nails needed a touch up (not a good combination). I dripped one dot of red nail polish on our gray carpet. I grabbed the Windex right after I read this and got the stain out before my mom even found out. (06/13/2007)
I got bright coral nail polish on my beige carpet and I used water and nail polish remover and it came out pretty well. It was a fresh stain so it came out easier. I just mixed the two and scrubbed with a towel. (06/13/2007)
We thought about using nail polish remover, but was scared it would take away the color of the carpet. So we tried Windex and it took it away, almost most of the way. (06/21/2007)
Windex worked great. I used it on bright pink nail polish that had dried on my carpet for 3 days! It got the whole stain out completely. Thanks! (07/03/2007)
Amazing tip re the Windex. My 3 1/2 yr. old decided to spill purple nail polish on the carpet in the living room (as well as covering herself and my 21 month yr. old boy). We tried acetone nail polish remover, but the Windex worked much much better. The oxyclean turned the stain pink! I am definitely going to pass this info on to my friends. (07/14/2007)
Windex, a hard plastic scrub brush, and some deliberate elbow grease got it all out. I thought I had put the cap on some dark nail polish but when I lifted it it dropped all over beige carpeting. I heavily sprayed Windex and then scrubbed and scrubbed and it's all gone. There was almost a whole bottle of polish on the carpet and it's all gone, whew! Cool stuff! (07/25/2007)
The Windex worked really well, but once you get some WD40, it works even better. Just whatever you do, DON'T USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER! That was my mistake and just made a hot pink mess all over my new light beige carpet. But the Windex & WD40 worked like a charm :) (07/30/2007)
Yep, Windex does the trick. After I scrubbed, I just soaked up the blue Windex with a rag from the carpet and all was new again! (09/30/2007)
By Canadian mom.
My 2 yr. old decided to paint her toe nails and managed to get at least half a full bottle of dark red polish all over our cream, twist pile carpet! I tried your tip of the Windex and WD40 (I didn't have actual Windex so I just used the one I had in the cupboard which was Ajax window cleaner). After a lot of hard work scrubbing and washing it's 99% out. I will see how it looks after it has had a chance to dry. Now I have to find out how to get it off her pretty dress, oh and explain the smell of WD40 in our bedroom to my husband! I love the internet, it has just saved me a fortune in carpet cleaning and insurance. Thanks so much. (10/23/2007)
I read all the postings and tried glass cleaner, similar to Windex, what was in the house, and WD 40. It worked amazingly well. Actually, my wife spilled the red nail polish on a tan carpet last evening and we tried first with polish remover...WRONG. It only spread the stain. Today in the morning, about 16 hours after the spill I got it almost out of the carpet.
Thanks to all for the excellent postings. (11/18/2007)
Windex perfect! Bright red, tan carpet, toothbrush. Gone. (11/23/2007)
My little sister tried to paint her nails when I was babysitting her and she got it on the beige carpet. Well, first I tried nail polish remover and it didn't work at all. Then I tried the Windex and that didn't really work either. But then I tried rubbing alcohol and hairspray, and it came right out. The smells were bad, but at least it worked, right? (12/01/2007)
I just spilled red nail polish on my parents beige carpet. I tried blotting it up with baby wipes and paper towels. Then I found your site and decided to use some Windex. That broke some of it up so I got out the hairspray too (the only kind I had was the expensive John Frieda, but I guess it's cheaper than new carpet!) and soaked the carpet. I scrubbed for about 15 minutes and then I got some nail polish remover. It is almost completely gone, just a light pink stain on the carpet, barely noticeable, and the worst part is under the side of the bed. (12/03/2007)
When my friend and I were doing our nails, we spilled and made a huge red stain. We tried everything you guys told us, including rubbing alcohol, hairspray etc. But we discovered, Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. It worked, but after using the whole can. (12/08/2007)
Windex ruined my carpet. It spread and I had to spend 1,000 dollars just to fix it. I'm pretty angry. (12/22/2007)
In my white carpet there was a deep red stain that dried there for almost 2 weeks. I tried nail varnish remover and it didn't do much. So after coming here I tried Windex and I'm happy to say that the stain is completely magically vanished. (I used a thick bristle scrubber brush and paper towels. It really works!) (01/01/2008)
I was skeptical but Windex does work. Just keep scrubbing! (01/11/2008)
By Hailey Strobel
We first tried nail polish remover but after a few minutes we used a carpet spot cleaner we had in the house called "Folex". It worked like a charm and now after 5-10 minutes of spot treating, dabbing and rubbing slightly, we removed the stain (yippee!). I bought this at Canadian Tire for around $10 and have used it on vomit and baby stains on light beige carpet. Worked for me! (01/12/2008)
By S. Love
Okay I spilled half a bottle of bright pink nail polish about 3 hours ago on my beige carpet and on a black leather ottoman! I tried the Windex idea with the scrub brush but had no luck. A friend suggested SHAVING CREAM and I am amazed to say it worked! The nail polish is gone! Of course use the regular white kind with no dyes if you can. But, I started off using the Skintimate brand that has a hint of pink color and it still worked getting a lot of the polish out- so if that's all you have then use it. But since our carpet is beige I ran to CVS and bought Gillette white regular shaving cream w/no dyes & it worked like a charm getting out the rest of the pink residue.
Get as much of the nail polish up as you can when wet w/ a paper towel. Then spray the shaving cream on the stain and agitate it into the carpet. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub the heck out of it with a rag- you will see all the pink polish coming up on the rag. Repeat this as many times as necessary (I had to do this at least 6 different times). When done, use a rag with cool water on it and scrub the rest of the residue up.
Now, does anyone have any idea how to get pink polish off black leather? I have tried 100% acetone which works but is taking off the black shine and making it very dull and weird looking. I tried rubbing alcohol- really took off the black. I tried hydrogen peroxide- no luck at all. I even tried the shaving cream- no luck at all. HELP! (01/21/2008)
Just do not use shaving cream. Although some say it works, it left a stain on my carpet which now looks like I had a bleach accident all over my beige epitonte $2000 carpet. I wasn't very happy. Yet I can say that a strong serge of carpet blast managed to get most of the polish out. I can't say the same for the shaving cream. (02/01/2008)
I just tried shaving cream on nail polish on my beige carpet with a stiff brush, I really scrubbed hard w/the stiff bristle brush! What a great job. I can't believe that "shaving cream" worked w/ a lot of elbow grease using the stiff bristle brush. Nail polish all gone! Thank you so much. Carol (02/16/2008)
I used a combination of all these tips and it got the stain out, I started with nail polish remover and "Off", then I read the shaving cream tip and used that, a lot of hot "almost boiling" water, and scrub scrub scrub. (02/20/2008)
I spilled red nail polish on my carpet and used shaving cream to take it out and to my surprise the nail polish came out. It really does works! (02/21/2008)
Hey! Thanks for your tips! I spilled pink fingernail polish on my tan carpet and your tip for shaving cream worked! Took it right out! (02/27/2008)
It worked! My daughter spilled dark red nail polish on tan berber carpet. I tried nail polish remover. The remover didn't work, but shaving gel did! THANKS! (02/28/2008)
By missy b
Nothing is working! I've been using shaving cream, hairspray, oxyclean, my spotbot! The works, how long did it take you? I've literally been working for hours!
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Did you try Windex? (03/14/2008)
My little sister just spilled RED nail polish on my mothers BEIGE carpet. And she was FURIOUS! But after getting some helpful advice from some of the comments that people have sent, my mother tried rubbing alcohol, spot shot, shaving cream gel, windex, nail polish remover, she tried it all. And it seriously worked! She wasn't sure which one actually worked, but try them all, because the stain is actually gone! (03/20/2008)
Thank you, I had very very bright pink polish spilled on my rug. We tried the finger nail polish remover and it did not work at all. So after reading these comments, I tried the shaving gel and Windex w/ vinegar. And yes, it is gone even after sitting all night. Thank you so much. (03/25/2008)
I can't honestly believe that the shaving cream worked. I didn't have any gel, but I used the regular shaving cream and after applying it 4 times and rubbing the cream into the carpet, the purple nail polish was out of the carpet! Thanks for the tip. (03/28/2008)
Wow! Thanks so much for the helpful tip. My 2 1/2 year old daughter tried to paint her own nails and ended up getting hot pink polish on my carpet. Thank goodness for the shaving cream that I had in my shower...it was a life saver! (04/01/2008)
Wow! One of my 2 year old twin girls decided she was going to try and paint her own toe nails. The shaving cream really does work.
I tried shaving cream, that didn't work. I tried my carpet cleaner with the spot remover, that didn't work. Then I tried the miracle cleaner, WINDEX! That was a life saver! Just be patient with it, it takes a lot of elbow grease. (04/17/2008)
Thank you, you are a life saver! My 13 year old just spilled red nail polish on my bedroom carpet. I thought there was no hope, next to getting new carpet. At first I had her try the nail polish remover, to no avail. Then I decided to google it. First used the shaving cream, then Windex with a warm wet rag. A little bit of elbow grease, and I was skeptical, but it worked very well, can't even tell it was there. (04/17/2008)
I tried nail polish remover at first and got frustrated that it did not work. I read most of the feeds from above, sent my husband out to buy hair spray and shaving cream. I was desperate. While he was gone, I tried the Windex and Spot Shot and to my surprise, it came out. Thank God for people like you guys out there. (04/19/2008)
OMG! It works. I didn't even think to look on the Internet until a couple of hours after my daughter spilled dark purple nail polish on the carpet (thank gosh it wasn't black, like it usually is). I didn't have any shaving cream, and hardly any Windex left, but I took what Windex I had left, and gave it a shot. I'm so thrilled. I hope it looks as good in the morning, with the light of day. Then I won't have to tell the Landlord a thing! Thank you so much all! (04/22/2008)
I spilled Chrome Green nail polish on white carpet and I first used nail polish remover, which didn't work. Then soapy water which worked a little. Then we used hairspray, hydrogen peroxide, and windex, and it worked! (04/27/2008)
I am one week from a move out inspection, when to my horror I saw a big nail polish stain on the carpet where my son was playing with the bottles that I couldn't even open. Alternating shaving cream and window cleaner worked so fast. I was thrilled and amazed. Thank you so much. Now I can get that security deposit back. (05/05/2008)
WOW! Thanks! Jenwa knocked over nail polish onto out new beige carpet just before we were moving. The spill was about two feet long and DARK PURPLE! We first put nail polish remover on it, then windex, then shaving cream, and rub with hands. Then we added a little bit of tide, used club soda to help pull the satin and with a brush we used elbow grease! Spent about an hour on it, and YES the polish was gone. THANKS SO MUCH! (05/11/2008)
By crystal and jenwa
(Sent in by email) My sister spilled the whole bottle of sky blue nail polish in the carpet (about 2 feet long). Mom was so panicked, so my dad and I went to google search for help.
Believe it or not, nail polish remover plus shaving cream and windex will work like magic. It cleaned out the sky blue nail polish in just 10 minutes. Thanks google and the people who post the info on Google.
I just want to say thank you to everyone on this site! I knocked over a bottle of bright pink polish, and the lid was not on it so it spilled all over my very light carpet. I completely panicked, until I found this site. I used a combination of windex, shaving gel, hydrogen peroxide and warm water. I scrubbed for about an hour, but it all came up. THANK YOU! (06/01/2008)
WOW! I've had a couple of huge burgundy nail polish stains in my carpet for the last 8 weeks. I tried the remedy listed below: shaving cream, peroxide, windex and nail polish remover. It's AMAZING! The stains came out, even after 8 weeks! Thank you SOOOO much! (06/06/2008)
I spilled BRIGHT RED sparkly nail polish on the off white carpet and only 1 thing worked. We tried so many things but Resolve finally worked! I was happy because that way I didn't have to buy my mom a brand new carpet. (06/17/2008)
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OOPS! I just spilled red nail polish on the carpet in my parents room. I used this concoction and scrubbed it, which faded a little but not much. I suggest you use hairspray and water, then dab it.
OMG its worked. I had already got the majority of the black nail polish out with nail polish remover (though I suspect it sort of just diluted it (as well as blotted out with paper). Just now I used shaving cream first, dabbed it into the stain with fingers, then added Orange Power cleaning spray, sprayed on as a foam and dabbed in with fingers. Gave it a a few minutes and then saturated it with near boiling water and rubbed with a towel and then stood on the towel to absorb water.
The stain was mostly gone by then, but I added more Orange Power and shaving cream to some areas, and repeated the process. I'm sure that the carpet is not quite as it was (a bit roughed up and very very barely visible discoloration, but nothing more than the rest of the carpet has got). At least I won't have to pay a grand for it to be replaced by the owner now! Woo hoo. Thanks everyone! (06/23/2008)
I just spilled Quick Dry Bright red nail polish in my light gray carpet and I applied Gillette Fusion shave gel and it got it right out with a little help from a hot wash cloth. Thank GOD...otherwise I would be out my deposit. (07/07/2008)
I want to thank everyone before me who got nail polish on their carpet. I didn't know what to do until I read these feeds. I just want to know who even thought of shaving cream on their carpet?
Thanks Everyone! (07/10/2008)
Shaving cream + nail polish remover + windex and scrub with a toothbrush. Total magic! Thank you! (07/12/2008)
I spilled hot pink nail polish on my carpet. I tried using spray & wash and that didn't work. Then I used scrubbing bubbles, and it pretty much came right up. Now there isn't a spot at all. (07/31/2008)
Shaving cream and warm water is all I had to use. My daughter spilled red nail polish on brand new cream colored carpet. You have to really scrub, but it came right up. (08/19/2008)
Shaving cream (or gel), it worked awesome! It was the ONLY thing that worked. (08/22/2008)
I spilled an entire bottle of bright pink nail polish on my favorite rug. My friend's parents got it for me as a birthday present from Turkey. I was devastated that I spilled the nail polish on it. I figured I'd pour nail polish remover on it because either way it was ruined. BUT the remover didn't take it off nor did it stain my rug. My cousin looked on this website and told me to use shave gel. I was thrilled because the shave gel actually worked. WHO KNEW! Shave gel! (08/30/2008)
By Cortney N
Thank goodness for shaving cream. I spilled bright pink nail polish on a white berber carpet, and no acetone nail polish remover barely made a difference. Shaving cream worked extremely well. I just rubbed it in with my fingers, let it sit, and blotted it out with hot water and a rag. It worked! (09/01/2008)
Wow! I just spilled red nail polish on my carpet. My sister looked up "nail polish on carpet" and got your site. Thanks a lot! (09/07/2008)
Our 16 month old daughter just broke an entire bottle of pink nail polish on our brownish carpet. Nail polish remover did nothing, I googled and came upon this site. I used shaving gel with a few squirts of windex and within 15 minutes it looked like nothing was ever spilled on the carpet. AMAZING! THANK YOU ALL! (09/07/2008)
By James in NY
Thank you. All you need is a damp cloth, window cleaner, hairspray and mousse. Thank you! (09/19/2008)
All this info was great, however, I used polish remover first and rubbed with toothbrush, only to make a big smear. Then I sprayed Resolve Multi Fabric cleaner (not carpet cleaner), rubbed it with toothbrush and poof, it's gone. (09/25/2008)
I spilled bright fuchsia nail polish on my zebra-skin rug and thought it was ruined, but I got online and found this website and it saved my life! I used nail polish remover first and it smeared, so I used resolve carpet cleaner and it kind of helped. I finally used shaving gel and a warm washcloth and it came right up! Thanks so much for the help! (10/01/2008)
Oh my word! I can't believe that shaving cream actually worked. Have just spilled my lovely plum nail varnish all over my cream carpet in my rush to go out, and thought I was done for! Read the posts here and now it's gone! Magic! Thank you so much! (10/10/2008)
So, it's 2 weeks before we're moving to our new apartment, and of course I spill hot pink nail polish all over our perfectly maintained beige carpet. I thought I could kiss my security deposit goodbye until all of you genius' informed me of the shaving cream + windex remedy. This worked out amazingly! No more hot pink carpet stain, hello security deposit! Thank you all so so so much! (10/12/2008)
My husband and I just bought a new house with brand new berber carpet. So of course I spill HOT pink nail polish on it. I tried nail polish remover first didn't work. I found this website and used shaving cream and windex and BAM! the stain was gone. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! (10/15/2008)
By Heather Ann
How do you remove nail polish from a carpet?
Catherine from Joliet, IL
I tried everything to get red nail polish off my mum's cream carpet. A whole bottle of nail polish remover, white spirit, window cleaner, you name it I tried it. It didn't work so I thought I'd look online to see if anyone could help. I saw the shaving foam idea and thought I'd give it a go, so I went and nicked my brothers. Soon as I put it on it started coming out. I did it 3 times, and the stain is gone. Thanks for the idea, I'm not gonna get killed now. :) (11/20/2008)
I spilled the nail polish. Went straight to the computer. Window cleaner, generic to boot, got all the polish out of beige carpeting. Amazing! (11/25/2008)
By Deb(Guest Post)
My daughter just spilled a whole bottle of bright red nail polish on her brand new carpet. Thank you all for your advice on Windex and shaving cream. After scrubbing for 1/2 hour, the carpet looks good as new! (11/29/2008)
Had nail polish on carpet. Got it out but now there is a lighter spot on beige Berber carpet. I have tried cleaning. Can anyone help?
Teeny from NC
OMG! You need to get Sol-U-Mel made by Melaleuca. It took out hot pink fingernail polish and permanent marker, out of my daughter's carpet. Just to name a few uses. (09/10/2007)
Was I ever surprised how the Sol-U-Mel from Melaleuca really worked. I myself had spilled dark red nail polish on our Berber living room carpet and it took it right out. THANK YOU! (01/10/2008)
Spilled dark brown fingernail polish all over beige Berber carpet and chair. Used rubbing alcohol and muscle power with an old rag and went over several times. Came right out of carpet and chair. (11/14/2008)
Nail Polish was spilled on the carpet several days ago. I need to know how to remove it from a beige rug.<p.Charlotte from Providence, RI
Wow. I am amazed at the results. I had a good amount of dark red polish on my new carpet and was mortified. I poured small amounts of Windex on the stain and then used a very soft bristled brush used to scrub laundry stains. I then soaked it up and wiped with paper towels. When a lot of it was gone I took shaving cream (gel) and then scrubbed that in with the brush. I then wiped it clean with a towel rinsed in warm water and it was a miracle, everything was gone.
3-year-old child + red nail polish + beige shag carpet = ugly mess + unhappy daddy
window cleaner + oxiclean + shaving cream + elbow grease = clean carpet + calm daddy. (12/27/2008)
Hairspray definitely works. I spilled black nail polish on a tan carpet and hairspray took it right out. (01/24/2009)
My daughter spilled white nail polish (half a bottle) all over her dark maroon carpet in her bedroom. I read these posts, and decided to try the Windex thing first. I used the clear Windex that has vinegar in it, and that worked great. The stain was dry, because I didn't hear about it till then. I also decided to use cold water to soak up the Windex just in case. It didn't take the color out of carpet or anything. Just hoping it won't take glue out of carpet, that is yet to be seen. (08/08/2009)
By MOM IN IOWA
My little sister spilled fingernail polish, red and blue, all over my carpet and one of my sweaters. Does anyone know what I can use to get it out? I tried fingernail polish remover but it made it worse.
Chelsea from Paulding, Ohio
Not sure if this will work but there is a product by Zep called "Erase", not sure if it will work on carpet though. Or, try checking at your local industrial or janitorial cleaning store, they may have some helpful hints. (10/14/2005)
I have an all time favorite cleaner for all stains on carpets. It's called Simple Green. I own a Bissel carpet cleaner and have used it many times. read the bottle and check an area of your carpet before use. This stuff full stregnth can clean grease and oil off a car motor. Use it as a pre soak. (10/14/2007)
How do I remove fingernail polish from carpet?
By sandra4397 from Omaha, NE
Nail polish remover or acetone gets it out of carpet, and anything made of cloth. I prefer acetone. It is what takes off the acrylic nails. At Walmart there is usually a big bottle cheap where they sell the nail remover. It won't bleach or stain your carpet or cloth stuff.
One night I came home my hubby had fallen asleep, but my daughter who was 3 at the time was still awake. She played possum when my husband went to sleep. When I got home at 12:30 midnight, she was not only still awake, but she had nail polish all over herself, her pajamas, and the carpet in her room. She had taken a chair climbed up on the sink counter, and she had a small stool on the counter, and unlocked the cabinet in the bathroom where she found a haven of nail polish.
Anyway, I took her to Walmart with me, and I got some acetone. I got home and used that. I just poured that stuff on the places in the carpet where the nail polish was. It just disappeared in seconds. It was cool. I did the same thing to my daughter's pajamas. It works good. Oh you don't have to scrub at all. It didn't hurt my carpet. If nail polish remover doesn't work try acetone; it works great. (08/21/2009)
You people are awesome. Pink nail polish on cream carpet 12 hours old, and shaving cream got it out. Whew! Thanks bunches. (04/03/2010)
Does anyone know how to remove clear nail polish the your interior carpet of your vehicle?
By Adrianne from Delton, MI
My daughter and her slumber party friends spilled a bottle of red nail polish on my living room carpet years ago and guess what I took it off with? (with no remaining color in the carpet whatsoever). Nail polish remover. Go get some "real" nail polish remover though, Acetone (remover used to contain it, but no longer does) and try that. You can find it at some drug stores and they definitely carry it at lumber yard type stores. Wear gloves and use a clean cloth and try not to rub it, more like dab it briskly. (It spreads if you rub). Use a lot of elbow grease and keep going until it comes off. When it is off, use soap and water (fresh rag) and then get as much of the Acetone out as you can. It is smelly (and poisonous, so take care). If you can, air out your car with the windows down for a bit. You might want to put a dry cloth over the spot also with a brick or something heavy to soak up any remaining liquid. (06/15/2010)