How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

Don’t panic if you’ve accidentally spilt nail polish on your carpet, we’re here to help! With our expert guide, we’ll show you a tried-and-true method for how to remove makeup stains from the carpet

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Wet the nail polish stain with cold water.

  • Spray a good amount of hair spray onto the nail polish stains and follow up with small splashes of rubbing alcohol. This is one of the best ways to get nail polish out of the carpet.

  • Using a toothbrush or a small scrub brush, scrub the nail polish stain for about a minute. While brushing the stain, pour cold water directly onto the stain spots.

  • Pour a non-acetone nail polish remover onto the stain and continue to brush it out.

  • Gently blot the stain (don’t rub) with a white cloth until all of the nail polish color is gone. (While blotting, continuously switch to a clean side of the cloth to avoid smearing and spreading the stain.)

  • Use a wet/dry vacuum around the stain spot to remove excess liquid.

  • Repeat this process until the stain is gone and be patient. Keep in mind going in—this is not an easy task, and it will likely take you a while to get it all out.

If you have dark carpet use rubbing alcohol or hairspray instead of nail polish remover to decrease the risk of bleaching your carpet colour.

If your carpet is white or a light colour, use a non-acetone nail polish remover. Make sure the non-acetone nail polish remover you use is the clear kind. Some nail polish removers come in different colours and can do more harm than good