Nail Polish Remover Damaged Wood Vanity Finish

My niece was over a couple of days ago, and she was painting her nails on my vanity. When I say my vanity, I mean my great grandmother's vanity that was given to me. I walked out of the room for a few minutes, to find her putting nail polish remover on a Q-tip on the vanity. Apparently she spilled some of the nail polish, and then rushed to clean it up with the remover. Of course, it is noticeably stained. Is there anyway I can clean it up?

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October 27, 20170 found this helpful
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This one can be quite simple to fix without having to varnish or add any color to your vanity.

You will need:

A dry iron
A clean white washcloth

  1. Preheat the iron to the hottest setting. Do not use steam. You want a dry iron for this.
  2. Now place a clean white washcloth over the top of the stain.
  3. Now place the iron on top of the washcloth and start ironing in circular motion.
  4. You will need to do this for about a minute.
  5. Remove the washcloth and see if your stain is gone.
  6. If not, do this again and keep checking. You don't want to leave the iron sitting on the washcloth.
  7. Keep the iron moving in circular motions while on top of the washcloth.
  8. Keep checking this until your stain is removed.

Here is the theory behind this. The heat from your iron dilates the grain in the wood. At the same time it will evaporate the volatile nail polish remover.

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October 27, 20170 found this helpful

Fixing Damaged Wood

Step 1
Use a color-matched stain marker to cover up the spot.


Step 2
Use a lacquer product over that.

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October 29, 20170 found this helpful

Remove stain off table.

Step 1
Use fine stainless steel wool on the stain scrub spot gently.

Step 2
If it still does not come off try sandpaper.

Step 3
Then use a wood touch up marker that matches the table.

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