With lacquered nails, your hands look completely different but are careful when applying the nail polish as you could make a mess. And if you happen to stain some surface, such as a carpet, removing the stain is not easy. Removing traces of nail polish on carpets is a complicated job, especially if they are dry, but there are some remedies to remove them even if they are already encrusted.


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Remove the Fresh Nail Polish

  1. Pick it up with a spoon. A splash of fresh nail polish is much easier to clean than when it’s caked, and the trick is to remove as much of it as possible before it dries. If the stain is very large, use a spoon to scoop it up.
  2. Absorb the excess. After you’ve collected as much as you can, soak up the stain further using an old towel, rag, or cloth. Wrap it around one or two fingers and use it to dab. Do not rub, otherwise, you risk spreading the stain and making the enamel penetrate the fibres.
  3. Choose a cleaner. There are several substances to try to remove fresh nail polish stains from carpets. Avoid bleach and acetone, as they can damage and fade them. The most effective cleaner is acetone-free nail polish remover, but you can also try: alcohole, hairspray,hydrogen peroxide, glass cleaner
  4. Run a preliminary test. It is important to do this before applying a new product to fabrics. Dampen a cotton swab with nail polish remover or other cleanser and dab it on a small, inconspicuous area of ​​the carpet.
  5. Blot with the cleaner. Dampen a clean rag or cloth with nail polish remover or cleaner. Dab it on the stain as you did with the dry cloth. Systematically change sides when staining to avoid spreading traces of nail polish. If necessary, add more solvent and continue blotting until the stain disappears. 


Get rid of dry spots

  1. Scratch the dry nail polish. With the help of a spoon, knife or fingers, scrape or scrape as much nail polish as possible. By removing the excess, you will make cleaning easier and faster.
  2. Vacuum. Eliminate all the glaze residues left on the carpet fibres after scraping them. This will give you a cleaner surface to work on and will be able to dissolve traces of nail polish more easily.
  3. Carry out a preliminary test. Acetone-free nail polish remover is your best bet for removing polish because it is designed to dissolve polish. Use it to moisten a cotton swab and apply it to a small, inconspicuous area of ​​the carpet. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes, then check for any damage or discolouration.
  4. Blot the area to get rid of the stainDampen a clean cloth or rag with nail polish remover or another cleanser. Gently press it onto the stain and pat the area to break down and remove the enamel. To avoid spreading it, it systematically changes sides when it stains. If necessary, add more solvent to keep the surface moist enough. Keep blotting until the stain disappears. 


Finish Cleaning

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  1. Absorb excess polish and cleanser. Once the stain is gone, keep a clean towel or cloth pressed to the carpet. It will absorb residual traces of nail polish and excess solvent or detergent.
  2. Clean with soap. Fill a bucket with water and add 5-10ml of liquid dish soap, laundry soap, or carpet cleaner. Swirl the solution to dissolve the soap and create some lather. Dip a clean sponge, wring it out, and wipe the carpet to remove residue.
  3. Rinse. Fill a bucket with water. Dip a clean sponge and wring it out. Use it to dab the surface and remove excess soap and detergent.
  4. Dry. Pat the surface with a clean towel to absorb excess water. Then take a fan and aim it directly at the wet area of ​​the carpet. Turn it on and wait for the fresh air to dry it.