How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet

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Oops! Spilled some nail polish on your pristine carpet? Don’t panic. We’ve all been there. A splash of color might look good on your nails, but not so much on your living room rug. But hey, accidents happen! Luckily, I’ve got your back. Here are two tried and true methods to get that stubborn nail polish out of your carpet. Before we dive in, let’s go over everything you’ll need.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Clean white cloth or paper towels
  2. Nail polish remover (preferably acetone-free)
  3. Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
  4. Mild dish soap
  5. A soft brush or an old toothbrush
  6. A small bowl

Method 1: Using Nail Polish Remover

  1. Blot, don’t rub: First things first, if the nail polish is still wet, gently blot as much of it as you can using a clean white cloth or paper towel. Remember, blot—don’t rub, or you’ll push the polish deeper into the carpet.
  2. Test a spot: Before applying nail polish remover, test it on a small, inconspicuous part of your carpet to make sure it doesn’t damage or discolor it.
  3. Dab away: Pour a small amount of nail polish remover onto a white cloth and gently dab the stained area. Keep doing this until the stain starts to lift.
  4. Rinse: Once the stain is gone, mix a little dish soap with warm water in a bowl. Dab this solution on the area to remove any residue left by the nail polish remover, and then blot dry.

Method 2: Using Hydrogen Peroxide

  1. Preparation: Like before, if the nail polish is still wet, gently blot up as much of it as possible.
  2. Test first: Hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain fabrics, so test it on a hidden area of your carpet first.
  3. Apply: If there’s no discoloration, dab a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Let it sit for a minute.
  4. Brush gently: Using your soft brush or old toothbrush, gently scrub the stain. The brushing combined with the hydrogen peroxide should lift the nail polish.
  5. Rinse: Clean the area with the dish soap and water solution, and then blot dry.

Examples of Suitable Commercial Cleaning Products:

  1. Bissell Professional Spot and Stain + Oxy.
  2. Folex Instant Carpet Spot Remover.
  3. Woolite Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner.


There you have it! Two simple methods to restore your carpet to its former glory. Remember, the sooner you treat the stain, the better. Nail polish can be a pain, but with the right approach, it doesn’t stand a chance. Keep rocking those colorful nails!

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use colored cloths for blotting?
Preferably not. Using a white cloth ensures that no color is transferred onto the carpet.
Is acetone-based nail polish remover better?
While acetone is more effective, it can be harsher on carpets. It’s always safer to use an acetone-free remover.
What if the hydrogen peroxide bleaches my carpet?
It's why you should always spot test first. If discoloration occurs during testing, stick with Method 1.
Can I use any dish soap?
Mild dish soap is preferable as it’s gentle on carpets.
Why can’t I rub the stain?
Rubbing can push the nail polish deeper into the carpet fibers, making it harder to remove.
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