Removing Nail Polish from Carpet

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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 page about removing nail polish from carpet.
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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 Dink from Louisville, TN

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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.

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February 13, 2009

How do I remove dark blue nail polish that spilled all over my beige Berber carpet?

Marquita

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February 16, 20090 found this helpful
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When my cat knocked down a glass tray from my dresser and broke a bottle of nail polish in the process, acetone took it all out without hurting the carpet. Of course, I don't know what condition the hardwood floor is in underneath, but hey, if I ever pulled up the carpet, the whole floor would have to be refinished anyway.

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February 1, 2011

How do I remove dry blue fingernail polish from tan carpet?

By Maria from Salem, OR

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March 30, 20111 found this helpful
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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.

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We poured the acetone on the spot (it was a big spot) or you could put 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.

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June 5, 2011

How do you get nail polish out of carpet?

By Nancy from Bluffton, IN

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

I have not tackled a problem like this but perhaps maybe, the use of acetone would be the way.. But be sure to test on an out of sight, never to be seen place to check that the acetone will not melt the fabric.

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December 3, 2008

How do you remove nail polish from a carpet?

Catherine from Joliet, IL


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Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

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By sarah

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

By Debbie

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June 3, 2007

How can I remove a pool of red nail polish from my beige carpet?

Kyles from Adelaide, South Australia

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Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

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By Zenia

Nail Polish on Carpet

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

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

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By Melanie

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

By Linda

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

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By Robin

Red Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

By Bette

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

By DEBBIE

Nail Polish on Carpet

I used Felsnaptha soap while the nail polish was still wet. Worked great. (05/26/2007)

By Lisa

Nail Polish on Carpet

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)

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January 2, 2011

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June 15, 2010

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March 22, 2010

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?

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August 21, 2009

Nail Polish was spilled on the carpet several days ago. I need to know how to remove it from a beige rug.

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