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Cleaning Nail Polish Stains on Linoleum

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Removing stains from resilient flooring such as linoleum can usually be successful if the proper products and methods are used. This is a page about cleaning nail polish stains on linoleum.


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October 22, 2007

How do you get fingernail polish off linoleum? Please help, it is smeared!

Linda from AR


By Pat (Guest Post)
December 31, 20080 found this helpful
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Try "Beauty Secrets" NON-ACETONE nail polish remover from Sally Beauty Supply. I broke a bottle of hot pink nail polish on my ivory-toned linoleum floor, and used the above product. I tried a test spot in a corner under a piece of furniture first and the floor was unaffected by the NON-ACETONE cleaner. I removed the pink nail polish with cotton and remover with very little effort. Used "Mop and Glo" to refresh floor with consistent shine. Good luck!

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September 12, 2019

What is the best way to remove old nail polish from linoleum flooring?


September 12, 20190 found this helpful

I would use acetone nail polish remover in an inconspicuous spot first.

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September 12, 20190 found this helpful

Use non-acetone polish remover,this happened to me and it works,rub lightly with cotton balls,making sure you use a clean side each time so the polish spot does not get larger!

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

If the linoleum is from the 1980s or older I would not use nail polish remover on it. If it is newer, try it in a spot that no one will see before working on your stain.


My first pass would be to get any of the polish off the floor very careful with the edge of a razor blade (wear gloves and proceed very carefully so you don't cut yourself).

I would then lay a layer of salt, a layer of baking soda and enough vinegar to make it foam up and a few drops of Dawn dish soap. Let it sit for a few minutes and see if that pulls up the color.

If that does not work, I would do a home made Oxy treatment of a layer of baking soda and enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste and then let that sit for a few minutes and wipe up.

My last resort would be mineral spirits. Put a very little on a cotton ball and dab it up (test this to make sure it doesn't remove the color).

Post back what works for you!

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

I'd try scraping off as much as possible then using NON-acetone in small circles with a soft cloth

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