Month: November 2017

Removing Nail Polish off Carpets

Ah, the thrills and spills of putting on nail polish. That new colour is just brilliant, matches your eyes, your wardrobe, your mood but not your carpet…so what is it doing on it? Nail polish of all colours is a form of paint containing a high concentration of super strong pigments (which give you that luscious, strong colour). This means that spilling or dripping nail polish on the carpet could be a real problem to remove. Drips and spills aren’t unusual, people do a bunch of other things while putting on nail polish so it is easy to get distracted and tip the bottle over or drop the brush. No need to panic though as there are ways to deal with the situation quite effectively – here is the contingency knowledge you need:

Taking action

As always, don’t wait for the nail polish to set and harden, instead take measures timely and be victorious! Blot at the stain with an old but clean towel, be careful not to spread the stain – no rubbing, just blotting. Once the wet nail polish is sufficiently blotted out, chances are you will be left with the dry bits and pieces. These are best scraped off with a butter knife, spoon or any other similar instrument. Be gentle and be patient – don’t scrape too hard as you don’t want to drive the stain deeper or damage the carpet itself. Work your way inwards – this will help you contain the mess within a small area of carpet.

How – to – guide

Now, time for some chemical on chemical action. As any fair lady knows (should know anyway) nail varnish is best dissolved using nail polish remover. For those who wagged chemistry class in grade 7 – nail polish remover is based on, and contains acetone. Acetone is the natural enemy of oil based paints. Remember nail polish is a type of similar paint. Dip the corner of a clean, white towel in nail polish remover then gently blot at the stain. The towel has to be white as acetone may cause solid colours (fabric dyes) to dissolve and leak on the carpet leaving you in a world of trouble and frustration. The mantra here is to be gentle and to be sparing. Don’t apply too much nail polish remover as this might ‘burn’ the carpet’s base and fibres, especially if the carpet bottom is made of latex.

For your safety perform all this in a well-ventilated environment to avoid inhaling too much nail polish remover. You may also want to wear some eye protection, skin protection is optional.

Once through with blotting, press a tea towel over the treated area and soak up the nail polish remover residue. Next step is to make a solution of lukewarm water and one tablespoon of bleach-free detergent. Apply the solution over the stained areas using a spray bottle or clean kitchen sponge. Follow up by rinsing the treated spot with clean, warm water (again water bottle or sponge works fine). The stained area should be sufficiently damp at the end of rinsing. Dry out the carpet with a suitable cloth towel. Don’t use paper towels for this final step.