How To Remove Nail Polish From Carpet

This article gives advice on removing nail polish from a carpet.

We've all done it. Or, at least, we've all had a small child (or, big child, for that matter) do it for us. Regardless of how it happened, somehow, nail polish managed to get spilled on the carpet. While this may be a sign that the furniture in the living room really needs to be reorganized, it's still better to have the couch over a clean piece of carpet than one stained bright pink or red.

Generally, when this kind of disaster strikes, people are more concerned with putting blame on one another than being logical about the cleanup. As they're yelling about who did what, they're grabbing for whatever's under the kitchen sink in order to clean the mess up - completely forgetting that they have the cure sitting just a foot away or so. I mean, really, who paints their nails without their bottle of nail polish remover within arms reach?

The beauty of nail polish remover is that the name says it all. This product was made, specifically, to remove nail polish. Granted, the designers probably had removing nail polish from skin and nails more in mind than carpet, but it's still the same basic principle. You want something that's going to break up the nail polish, and fast, so you can get it off the carpet.

Now, of course, you don't want to drown the entire carpet in the remover fluid - even though most of it will evaporate pretty quickly, some might manage to soak through to the carpet padding and stay there long enough to welcome a bit of mold into the place, making a possible aesthetic blemish into an undercurrent of odor that never seems to leave the room.

You want to start by dabbing the polish remover on the affected spot. Paper towels are a good choice for this step. Dab a bit of the remover onto the spot, then cover it with the paper towel - pushing down, but not grinding. You want to keep doing this until you find a good balance between keeping the carpet from getting soaked, while being sure to use enough of the remover that the polish is coming off. Once you get all the polish off, put down some more towels to dry out the spot and then clean it like you would with any other stain.

While this method will work for stains that have just been made, it might not work so well with those that have had a chance to dry out. Try it, but if the polish doesn't seem to be moving, consider your original plan of moving the furniture around a bit or call a professional carpet service, and ask about their prices for removing such a stain - either with their cleaning chemicals or by taking out that small section of carpet and patching it with a matching piece.

Good luck! And be sure, next time, to put down a sheet of newspaper before you decide to give yourself another home manicure!

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