Removing Nail Polish Stains From a Couch

November 27, 2012

Daughter painting her mother's nails on the sofa.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.


Good luck :)

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November 15, 20165 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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November 2, 2006

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


By Jessica (Guest Post)
September 5, 20070 found this helpful

Wow my dads gonna be home any minute and I don't have any of that stuff and I'm gonna get in trouble and my dog spilt my hot pink finger nail polish and I'm gonna get in so much trouble PLEASE HELP ME

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By haley (Guest Post)
November 17, 20070 found this helpful

My friend and I were painting nails, and the brush slipped out of her hand. It got on the floor and on the couch. We got it off the floor with spot shot, and now we cant find a way to remove. Please help before my mom wakes up


p.s. Please I really am not looking forward to getting in trouble because my dad is coming home tomorrow. If she is mad she will tell everyone and my dad will be really, really mad, and then he will get grumpy. Please help me quick!

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By Londyn (Guest Post)
December 1, 20070 found this helpful

HELP! I am going to be dead if I do not get the bright red nail polish out of my couch. I was painting my nails and I did not realize that the cap was still on the nail polish bottle, and well when I picked up the bottle and well to make the story short it got all over a picture frame, 1/3 of the couch, and the pillow that went with the couch. BRIGHT RED! Can you say dead meat? I immediatly went to this website and got the idea to use nail polish remover WITH acetone, and that did not work, so then I used Windex, and just my luck it did not work, so then I tried OFF, and of course that did not work.


I tried just using warm water and soap and that did not work either. I am afraid to use vaseline because it might damage the couch even more and have an oily base. PLEASE GIVE ME AN IDEA THAT WORKS!

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By colli and anader (Guest Post)
February 9, 20080 found this helpful

Yikes, me and my friend were doing nail polish and it exploded! now we cant get it off we used windex, hairspray, grease remover, water, tooth paste, and nail polish remover. Of course it didn't work. Please we really need to get it out! Please tell me how!

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
March 14, 20080 found this helpful

I just used Spic N Span and it worked! I'm so Brilliant, and thank god, because my parents are going to be here in a little bit.

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By Julie (Guest Post)
June 30, 20080 found this helpful

Just have to say thank you to all of you! My seven yr old just got hot pink nail polish all over my sofa. I am so upset and angry, but reading all your emails made me laugh--we're not alone with this!

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By duetches (Guest Post)
August 4, 20080 found this helpful

It works to use a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol!

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By christna (Guest Post)
August 9, 20080 found this helpful

My little girl 2 covered my couch with purple nail polish. I have tried everything you all have said. It wont come out. What should I do? My husband will kill me. It's so bad, I have tried it all.


When we bought it, they said everything would come out with soap and water. It hasn't. It's a micro fiber couch, help, please.

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By nicole. (Guest Post)
August 15, 20080 found this helpful

omg! I just split nail polish on my brand new hot pink bed spread, and my mom will kill me because it cost 300 dollars. I tried acetone but it didn't work! Any other ideas?

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By Sarah Melissa (Guest Post)
August 18, 20080 found this helpful

I spilled hot pink polish on my couch, and I got really scared! I knew I was going to get in trouble, so I had to think fast. I tried stain remover, hot water, alcohol, and a lot of other stuff. BUt none of them worked. Then I tried acetone, or finger nail polish remover.


The stains came RIGHT OUT! But then, the acetone cause holes on my couch. " I had to sew them up. So if you have a couch that has delicate material, don't use the acetone. IT BURNS THROUGH YOUR FABRIC and puts holes in it!

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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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April 20, 2011

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

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July 1, 2014

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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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?


By (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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February 28, 2015

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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May 15, 2010

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

By Anne Morrissey from Portsmouth, NH

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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


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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