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How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Carpet Fast And Easy

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Doing your toenails or fingernails every Sunday before your bedtime is a routine for most of the women worldwide, are you one of them as well?

If so, you know how fun (but also challenging) coloring your nails can be. And in some misfortunate cases, we tend to spill our nail polishes recklessly all over clothes, hands, and sometimes, the worst of it all, our carpets!

If this has happened to you just stay calm, breathe & don’t panic! We know all the right ways on how you can (and should) react when spilling your nail polish over your rug or other fabrics. See for yourself down below!

Top 8 Ways To Remove Your Nail Polish From Your Carpet

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Non Acetone Nail Polish Remover

You probably have a non-acetone nail polish remover at your home, don’t you? If so, just know that this is the simplest & quickest way for you to react and remove your nail polish from your rugs, carpet, or similar fabrics.

  1. Use a cotton ball and soak it in your non-acetone polish remover. Dab the cotton ball all over your spilled area while the carpet and the cotton are still wet. Use up to 3 cotton balls to remove the product completely. Make sure to always dab, do not rub, smear, or apply hard pressure since this may ruin the carpet and its texture.
  2. If the stain has already dried down, use your polish remover and your cotton ball and let it pre-set over the stain. Leave it on top for 15 minutes.

PS: Do not saturate your fibers completely with your nail polish remover. Always apply just a bit of product and evenly and equally add more. Once your stain lifts you can coat the carpet directly.

What is important to outline is that you should never use your acetone remover (or even acetone-free polish removers) over carpets that are made of acetate, triacetate or modacrylic. If you don’t know what it’s made of, do not take your chances since you shouldn’t risk it. Risking it may ruin your carpet completely.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol

Another product that most of us have in our homes is rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol works just like your nail polish remover + it is an inexpensive solution. If you don’t have a polish remover you can use this as your substitute.

  1. You should act fast & quickly since rubbing alcohol will give out the best results once applied over your stain before it dries down.
  2. Do not over-saturate your carpet. It is important to use new & separate cotton balls or clean cloths when dabbing your carpet. It will take you 3 cotton balls and 5 minutes to do this cleaning process!



Yup, you read it right! You can use hairspray if you wish to clean your carpet, as well as any stains. Every woman has got a bottle of hairspray in her cabinet, which makes this cleaning process easy and effective (as well as cost-efficient). Just make sure you use a hairspray that has a higher ratio of alcohol as its active ingredient. This is because alcohol-free hairsprays won’t make a difference.

  1. Moisten your carpet with a bit of water and then spritz the hairspray directly to your stained area. Make sure that you are precise and do not go heavy-handed with the product. Two seconds of spritzing will do the job!
  2. Blot the spot with a clean cloth and repeat the process until your stain lifts up. You can spritz it once more if the initial application doesn’t remove the stain completely.

Window Cleaner

Window Cleaner

This might be an unexpected one, but this trick truly does work! Also, every household has a window cleaner, right? This spray will help with any type of stains, just make sure you use one that’s ammonia based.

  1. Spray the stain with a window cleaner and use a clean cloth or some cotton balls to blot the stains. You will notice they loosen and lift up from the carpet as you dab and apply pressure.
  2. Let your carpet dry down fully before you go in for another round of cleaning, or before you step on it. The stain should be fully dried up, always.

PS: If you only have window cleaners with pure ammonia, make sure you dilute them with one cup of water.

Dry Cleaning Solvent

Dry Cleaning

You can spot dry your stain with a cleaning cleanser. These cleansers are great for removing your makeup, and they can come in handy for your carpets as well. All you need is a teaspoon of the cleaner and an old toothbrush to do the trick!

  1. Apply the product over your carpet and let it stay on for 10 minutes.
  2. Start rubbing the stain and make circular motions with your toothbrush. Wet the brush with water and spot-treat your targeted area.
  3. The bristles of your brush may come off, but don’t be alarmed. Wipe for 2 minutes and enjoy your new & clean carpet!

For even better & more permanent results you could vacuum your rug afterward and just like that remove any granules.

Vinegar Or Baking Soda

Vinegar Or Baking Soda

Another kitchen essential for both men and women has got to be vinegar & baking soda. Every household has one of these two items on top of their kitchen shelves. You can do this soak quickly & easily, and here’s how:

  1. Wet your stained area with vinegar and place a paper towel on top of the stain. However, make sure that your paper towel has also been soaked in vinegar.
  2. Let it sit on top for 10 minutes. Use a blot and scrub the stain till it goes away completely.

If you plan on using baking soda, you should sprinkle it over your carpet. Leave it to sit for 10 minutes and scrub away later. Also, rinse it out with warm water.

Dish Soap

Dish Soap

Just a bit of dish soap can make a drastic difference in your household & with the state of your carpet. Also, you can use any dish soap that you have at your home.

  1. Dilute a small amount of your dish soap with water. Use only 2-3 drops of soap and a lot of warm water.
  2. Dab your carpet with this mixture and make slight tapping and dabbing motions. Do not swipe up and down.
  3. Let it air dry and vacuum the surface afterward.

Trim The Carpet

Trim The Carpet

Last, but not least, you can always give your carpet a quick makeover. Although not a rinsing solution, trimming your carpet may give you the best and most ideal results if all else fails.

  1. Let your carpet fully dry down. Also let your spill soak into the carpet before you trim it away.
  2. Use sharp scissors and cut the top part of your carpet. This trick will work the best on shaggy & fluffy carpets. Trim it down and you will achieve the perfect spot-free rug!

PS: Do not go too deep into it since you might damage the carpet and leave a bald spot.

What If All Fails?

It’s time to call in the professionals! If our top 8 helpful tips didn’t help you with the stain, you can always call for back-up. Some services are quite affordable + they will take care of your spot in less than 24 hours! However, always try DIY solutions before you book a professional and before you spend your hard-earned money.

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