How to Get Nail Polish off Carpet Like a Pro


A bottle of nail polish suddenly jumps from the cabinet, breaking and spilling its contents on your favorite carpet!

Worried, are you?

Follow the ASAP mantra and you can get rid of the problem. Removing a nail polish stain can get complicated, so the sooner you act, the better.

While you can certainly call a professional carpet cleaner, the hefty cost and the time it takes may bother you to some extent. So, if you wish to be cost-effective and are prepared to spend some time yourself, here are some easy and quick methods to help you deal with it yourself. The key is following the right steps and using the right solvents.

hair spray to remove carpet stain from carpet

You may use either of the following methods to get nail polish off carpet like a pro.

Method 1: Using Rubbing Alcohol

rubbing alcohol to remove nail paint stain from carpet

Things you’ll need:

rubbing alcohol to remove nail paint stains from carpet

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper towels

Step 1. Remove the excess nail polish

remove excess nail paint to clean carpet

  • Using a cotton ball with some nail polish remover on it, remove as much of the nail polish as possible.

Step 2. Pour rubbing alcohol over the stain

pour rubbing alcohol over the stain to remove nail paint from carpet

  • Drop a few splashes of rubbing alcohol over the stain.

Step 3. Blot it gently

blot the nail paint stain on carpet

  • Using a paper towel, blot up all the excess liquid from the carpet.
  • Keep blotting until the stain completely disappears.

remove nail paint stain from carpet with rubbing alcohol

Method 2: Using Hair Spray

hair spray to remove carpet stain from carpet

Things you’ll need:

hair spray to remove nail stain from carpet

  • Hair spray
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper towels

Step 1. Moisten and remove the excess polish

moisten the nail pain stain on carpet

  • Put a generous amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball.
  • Rub it over the stain to soak up as much excess polish as possible.

Nail polish remover not only moistens the spill but also helps absorb and lift the excess stain off the carpet.

Step 2. Spray some hair spray over the stain

spray some hair spray over the stain on carpet

  • Spray some hair spray over the stain.

Step 3. Blot it up

blot the nail paint stain from carpet

  • Blot the stained area carefully using a paper towel. Do not rub too hard.
  • Keep going until the stain is completely gone.

hair spray to remove nail paint stain from carpet

Additional Tips

  • It is advised to do a patch test with the cleaning agent on a small, inconspicuous spot on your carpet. If it does not cause any damage to your carpet, proceed to clean up the stain. Otherwise, try the other method.
  • If you don’t have rubbing alcohol or hair spray, you may also use hydrogen peroxide, shaving cream, Goof Off, window cleaner or vanish carpet cleaner, which show varying degrees of success.
  • Acetone is a strong chemical in many nail polish removers and can damage your carpet, so proceed with caution.
Download PDF File

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

How to Get Nail Polish off Carpet Like a Pro

log in

reset password

Back to
log in