How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet

If you or someone else has accidentally stained your carpet with nail polish, don’t panic. There are several options for removing the stain. We’ve listed a few solutions below. You may need to try a couple depending on the size of the stain, the type of carpet you have and how long it has been on the carpet.

Steps for Removing Wet Nail Polish from Carpet

  1. Dab (don’t scrub) wet nail polish with a dry paper towel or clean dishtowel to absorb as much of the nail polish as possible.
  2. Be sure to frequently switch to a clean side of the towel to prevent spreading the polish around.
  3. Once you’ve absorbed all the excess, apply a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover to the stain.
  4. Continue until stain is removed. Be sure to switch to clean sides of towel during this stage as well.

Steps for Removing Dry Nail Polish from Carpet

  1. Wet the stain with cold water.
  2. Spray a medium amount of hairspray on the stain (about 15 pumps).
  3. Now add 3 to 5 small splashes of rubbing alcohol.
  4. Scrub using a scrub brush for about a minute.
  5. Slowly pour cold water onto the stain during the scrubbing.
  6. Repeat until the stain is fully removed.

The above options are the most likely solutions for removing wet or dry nail polish from your carpet. If at all possible it’s best to remove the nail polish while it is still wet. The harsh scrubbing required for dry nail polish stains is potentially damaging to your carpet’s fibers.

If, after attempting one of the above solutions, you still have a visible stain, one of the following options may work to completely remove it.

Removing Nail Polish Stains from Carpet Using Window Cleaner

  1. If the stain is still wet, blot as much as possible using a dry paper towel or dishtowel.
  2. Spray on a small amount of window cleaner (1-3 sprays depending on the size of the stain).
  3. Using a sponge or cloth rub the stain in a circular motion.
  4. Rinse with cold water and let dry. Stain should disappear once dry.

Removing Nail Polish Stains from Carpet Using Hairspray

  1. Just like before, if the stain is still wet dab out the excess with a dry paper towel or dishcloth.  *Note: this method is best used for dry nail polish stains, but can be tried on wet stains.
  2. Add a good amount of water to the stain to get it wet.
  3. Spray hairspray directly onto stain about 15-20 times.
  4. Using a toothbrush, scrub the area for about 3 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until stain is no longer visible.

There you have it—several methods for removing nail polish from carpets. If after attempting a few of the above options you still have a stain, feel free to contact one of our flooring professionals using the “Find a Dealer Near Your” search box near the top right of this page!