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Removing Nail Polish Stains From a Couch

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Removing nail polish stains from an upholstered couch or sofa can be challenging. This is a guide about removing nail polish stains from a couch.


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November 27, 20124 found this helpful

I left some nail polish out with the lid on, but some kids found it and started painting lessons on the couch! To save myself from an eternity without nail polish, I came on this site. My sister and I used nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, and toothpaste! It worked! It took a loooong time of scrubbing and cotton balls but when you use them all, it works. Just remember to wash off all the toothpaste or it is sticky.


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November 15, 20163 found this helpful
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I just noticed this dried nail polish from painting toenails this past weekend. Must have toppled the polish without even noticing until tonight, Tuesday. Panicked since sofa sectional is just a couple of years old. Tried to scrape it off, didn't work. Soap and water didn't work. Nail polish remover didn't work. Then I googled. Found this article. Tried it (polish remover, alcohol, and toothpaste). WOW! It worked! And it was easy! So glad I decided to Google for a this solution to my problem. It really does work. And it didn't take much scrubbing at all. I did use a regular wash cloth instead of cotton balls. It seems to have worked. Can hardly wait until it completely dries.

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By 1 found this helpful
August 18, 2016

How do I get dry nail polish off my cloth couch? It's been there a few months as my 3 year old tried painting her nails. Any suggestions would help? Wanting to sell my couch and can't with nail polish on it.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Try using a q tip with a small amount of polish remover on it at a time. I doubt you can get it all off, but you may be able to get enough off to make it less noticeable.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Use acetone on an inconspicuous spot first.

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful

I believe it is cotton. I tried nail polish remover, and although it did not remove the color on the fabric butit didn't remove the nail polish either. Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated!

Katrina from Liverpool, PA

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 1, 20090 found this helpful

So guess what? I slept in today and my one year old and two year old got into my nail polish. They picked the color ORANGE and decided to make an art project out of my mother in laws couch. The couch is blue...micro suede...great right.....and I came on this site too see if I could find something to take it off with the only thing that would work is Wet nail polish, and still left the couch shinny now.

Oh well guess ill have to buy a couch slip or another couch. I tried acetone, rubbing alcohol, wet cloth...everything you could think of. Well guess what I'm doing with my tax return. lol Oh and to make it worse, it's all over my one year old too, and there isn't anything I can do about it because she's a baby except for wet nail polish or let it come off by itself. I know it sounds horrible, but my husband was considering leaving me for this. Laugh it up... I know I'm laughing....

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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

If it happens again use oil to get it off the baby

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June 29, 20160 found this helpful

Well I am using multi brush from takes everything off the skin or textil.....i slipped on our floor once and I put the nailpolish on couch...... Couch is white nailpolish was purple.... So I took it and it came out perfectly....just with warm soapy can buy The brush for 4$ ( sorry for bad english I am Slovak ^^)

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July 1, 20140 found this helpful

I was doing my nails on the couch when no one was home. I had to go use the ladies room, when I came back I completely forgot the nail polish was on the couch with no lid on so I accidentally knocked it over as I sat down! The couch is a light brown micro. Please help me. Any good advice is fine, as long as it works.


By Leilani

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March 27, 20150 found this helpful

I used nail polish remover on my couch and it worked! I was very surprised.

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June 15, 20161 found this helpful

It doesn't seem to help all that good, I tried nail polish remover, hot water, and hairspray and nothing is getting it completely out. I don't know what to do

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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

I got purple nail polish on my beige couch! Try a wet power vacuum with some pet carpet remover or oxi clean gel with nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol. It takes quite a while but really wroks!

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By 1 found this helpful
April 20, 2011

How can I get nail polish off of my microfiber couch?

By Kayleigh

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August 24, 20130 found this helpful

Had the same problem - my daugher and her friends during a birthday party spilled hot pink nail polish on a brand new sand microfiber couch a few years ago - just tried nail polish remover and I can't believe it worked!

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February 28, 20150 found this helpful

My kid was painting her nails in the living room and got some polish on the couch. The couch is black and the nail polish is pink. Please help. I don't know what to do and I don't want to make it any worse.

By Kelly from Virginia Beach, VA

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful

Try spraying (or the liquid, unscrew the bottle) from hairspray. It works great on rugs, I never tried it on furniture before. Hope that helps.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 15, 2010

How do I remove a nail strengthener (a form of nail polish) from a fabric chair?

By Anne from Portsmouth, NH

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

how do i get nail strengthener out of a pak

le grey suede lounge

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By 0 found this helpful
February 2, 2006

We have a nail varnish stain on our Channile armchair that has dried. Does anyone have an idea how to remove it?

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 2, 20060 found this helpful

If chair is too heavy for you to move, ask a friend to help,


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February 3, 20060 found this helpful

very helpful! I did mean remove the stain.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 7, 2007

My two year old spilled a whole bottle of purple-ish fingernail polish on my new suede couch. The tag on the couch says to use water based cleaners to clean it. The couch is a blue/gray color. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! PLEASE HELP!

Ashley from Arkansas

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Try using a soft old toothbrush and aceton. dip the tooth brush in aceton and in circular motion do a little at a time be sure to rinse the brush out often.

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to remove a small area of clear nail polish from a microfiber couch?



Removing Nail Polish from Microfiber

I don't know the color of couch but i would think you could test nail polish remover in an inconspicuous place and if it doesn't take color off try it on nail nail polish a little at a time hope this helps. (04/20/2007)

By Denise

Removing Nail Polish from Microfiber

I spilled half a bottle of RED nail polish on laminate wood floors and a white microfiber sofa, NAIL POLISH REMOVER saved me! It only took tiny amounts to get it off of the floor, don't rub just sweep it across the floor gently as though you were dusting it. Try to have the gunky puddles wiped up already. As for the sofa I gently scraped the nail polish (with the tip of a butter knife) trying to get the top layer off and then with a washcloth (light color so as not to transfer color ONTO the sofa) rubbed and scraped directly over the polish until it was clean.

You need to just shape the cloth over your finger, put the tip in the opening of the remover bottle and moisten the cloth. Use your fingertip in the cloth to rub a small section of the microfiber until it comes clean and then with white paper towels (maybe a white towel would work also) rub across that small spot back and forth until it is nearly dry-this prevents rings from forming around where you cleaned. If you get the sofa too wet it will be hard to avoid rings. You need to only let each small part stay wet a few minutes, maybe 8-10 minutes at the most, and then dry it whether you're finished or not. You can go back to it after it dries but you should work fast so as to avoid this. Your chances of getting it completely off are better in the first cleaning. I worked in 1-2 inch sections, it was very tedious and time consuming but it worked. Good Luck! (01/13/2008)

By Kristina D.

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September 8, 20160 found this helpful

thank u so much the nail polish remover and tooth paste did the trick thank thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu from bc canada

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April 20, 20110 found this helpful

Do should I get fingernail polish out of a micro fiber couch?

By Mitasha from Fenton, MO


Removing Nail Polish from Microfiber

Whatever you use to take the polish off, be sure it doesn't make a worse mess/stain on the material. I used polish remover to take some off of a "suede" dress, but it took the fuzzy fake suede off as well, so it was worse than when I started. I have to cover the spot with a broach. (11/03/2010)

By louel53

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November 1, 20100 found this helpful

I spilled red fingernail polish on a beige fabric couch. The couch is not microsuede, but it is a type of micro fiber. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

By Teresa from FT Rucker, AL

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July 6, 20100 found this helpful

How do I remove nail polish from a microfiber couch?

By Lindsay from New York, NY


Removing Nail Polish from Microfiber

If it was your polish and your couch, first I would find a spot that doesn't show and try to replicate the "crime" (under the cushions, or?). That being done I would take some lighter fluid and a soft cloth and softly swipe at the area. It may take several tries, but it has worked for me on carpeting without discoloring it. (03/31/2010)

By tahloolabelle

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

How do I get nail polish out of a new red micro-fiber couch?

Kailey from Des Moines, IA

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful
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