How to clean up after a nail polish spill on carpet

When a nail polish spill happens on carpet, the immediate thought (after a lot of cursing) is that the carpet is ruined for good. What was meant to be a pampering session or a finishing touch to your look for a night out, can turn into a real hassle. However don’t panic, it is possible to remove a nail polish spill on carpet without having to do a Feng Shui with the furniture or buy a new rug to cover the stain.

As with all stains, it’s best to get to work on them immediately. However, we know this isn’t always possible! So below is our step-by-step guide, to cleaning up both fresh nail polish spills and spills that have dried in.

how to clean up after a nail polish on carpet

How to clean up after a fresh nail polish spill on carpet

When cleaning up a fresh nail polish spill, it’s important to keep the area moist so the nail polish doesn’t set into the carpet.

  • Use a clean, wet cloth to blot up as much of the nail polish as possible. Make sure to use a fresh section of cloth each time, so as not to spread the stain.
  • This can seem like it’s taking forever, but patience really is a virtue when it’s comes to cleaning up nail polish spills, so don’t give up (plus it’s cheaper than buying a new carpet)
  • Take a clean cloth and dampen it with an acetone-free nail polish remover, and gently dab the stain. Make sure the nail polish remover is acetone-free or it will remove the colour from your carpet. Window cleaner and hair spray will also work for this. Whatever product you use, it’s important to always test it out first on a small, inconspicuous area.
  • Keep dabbing the area with the cloth, until the stain is gone. It helps if you sing a little song (not really, but it will help keep morale up)
  • Once all the nail polish has been removed, mix some water with a couple of teaspoons of washing-up liquid and clean the area until the residue and smell is gone.
  • Dry with a clean towel.


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How to clean up after a dried in nail polish spill on carpet

Cleaning up a dried in nail polish spill can be tricky, but not impossible!

  • Scrape up as much of the dried polish as you can, using a knife or your fingers.
  • Vacuum up any flakes of polish that come away.
  • Acetone-free nail polish is your best bet to remove the stain. Test it out on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure there is no damage or discolouring to the carpet.
  • Use a clean cloth dampened with the nail polish remover to blot the stain. You can also use a toothbrush to gently work out the stain. However, be careful not to scrub as it can damage the carpet fibres.
  • When the stain has been removed, mix some water with a couple of teaspoons of washing-up liquid and clean the area until the nail polish remover smell and residue is gone.
  • Dry with a clean towel.


how to clean up after a nail polish on carpe


Renew carpet cleaning are experts in tough stain removals such a nail polish. If you are struggling to remove the stain yourself, or are considering giving up and keeping it there as visual of ‘what not to do’ in future – then give us a call. Our trained technicians will have the stain removed in no time. Contact us today to book your appointment.

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