Nail Polish Remover Stain On Dresser?

October 16, 2008

I removed the finger nail polish off my finger nails and placed the cotton balls in an empty Kleenex box to toss in the waste basket. I sat it on my dresser, forgot about it until that evening, and now the Kleenex box is stuck to my dresser. After removing it there is now a rough spot and it also removed some of the stain. How can I repair it? It is about the size of a 2-3 quarters put together.


Pam from Indianapolis, IN


By Lisa from Lena, WI. (Guest Post)
October 20, 20080 found this helpful
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Sand it, stain it, varnish it.

You can bring a drawer or door to the paint or hardware store and they can match your stain. They will also be able to tell you what kind of varnish to use to match the best.

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March 31, 20101 found this helpful
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Try Old English scratch polish. Does a great job on old furniture. Looks like new.

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January 9, 2018

Nail polish remover was spilled on a white dresser top and is leaving a bluish stain. Any suggestions as to what I can do? Thanks.


January 9, 20180 found this helpful
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You will probably have to sand down the whole top and refinish.

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June 24, 2012

How do I get nail polish remover stain out of my cherry hardwood dresser? I just finished painting my nails and I was waiting to dry them. I started to dry them on my dresser, when it smudged a little bit went on my dresser. The following week I decided to rub it out with nail polish remover. Some came out, but it left a stain on my dresser. It's a little lighter than it's color how can I get it to it's normal color. Please help.

By Samantha


June 24, 20120 found this helpful
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This happens, I'm so sorry. The only thing that has worked for me, if it is a small spot, is acetone, yes, nail polish remover. Use a Q-tip so you are only touching the spot. Be prepared to have stain, furniture touch up, or refinishing kit if you wish to do whole area. Be patient, do it slow, steady hands.

Refinishing furniture is hard and takes so much time. You can do a very close job by matching stain. After you remove the polish, clean area (free from wax, dust and remover) match your stain. After you match stain of cherry, you could go over the top in a clear coat. This makes it invisible most of the time, whole area will be shiny and new looking. I hope I helped some.

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