nail polish on the carpet, oh my!
June 25, 2010 6:39 PM   Subscribe

I spilled pink nail polish on a green carpet. How can I get it out? I'm reluctant to try nail polish remover because I fear it will bleach the carpet.
posted by emd3737 to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When all else fails.

Use a piece from a closet as a donor.
posted by Exchequer at 6:42 PM on June 25, 2010

Nail polish remover, as long as it's acetone-based, shouldn't bleach the carpet. I haven't used it to get nail polish out of carpet, but I've used it to get nail polish out of clothing (and I've spilled it on carpet--green carpet, in fact) with no ill effect. I think it will be fine, but just in case, you should find a part in a dark corner and do a spot test just to make sure.

Nail polish remover is also very good at cleaning old marker off of whiteboards.
posted by phunniemee at 6:46 PM on June 25, 2010

acetone probably won't bleach the carpet but it could MELT it depending on the fiber content ... so ya, test an out of the way corner. and if it does, there is also non-acetone remover that people use when they have polish on acrylic/gel nails that might be more usable. good luck!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 6:56 PM on June 25, 2010

I used nail-polish remover to successfully remove nail polish from a carpet before, it didn't hurt the carpet at all!
posted by dipolemoment at 7:30 PM on June 25, 2010

Nail Polish Stain Removal from Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

* Dull knife
* Rubbing alcohol
* Detergent

1. Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
2. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to the next step.
3. Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
4. Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
5. Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
6. If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.


Chemical solvents and supplies

* Nail polish remover

1. After removing excess, apply nail polish remover, drop by drop, to soften.
2. Then blot or scrape away.
3. Shampoo, let dry, then vacuum
4. Pretest nail polish remover in an inconspicuous place. Do not use on acrylic fibers
posted by emilyd22222 at 7:49 PM on June 25, 2010

I've successfully used Windex to remove nail polish from carpet.
posted by lysimache at 7:59 PM on June 25, 2010

Seconding Windex. I didn't think it would work, but it worked like a charm on both a cream-colored shag type carpet and darker berbers. It's awesome.
posted by Fuego at 11:14 PM on June 27, 2010

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