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How To Remove Nail Polish From Your Carpet

Nail Polish Stain on Carpet

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If you’ve ever spilt nail polish on your carpet or rugs, you know just how stubborn these stains can be. In situations such as this, you need to take action as quickly as possible to ensure the best results. Nevertheless, you’d better be in it for the long haul as getting rid of these difficult-to-remove stains can take some time and elbow grease. The actual time required will depend on the type of carpets you have and the size of the spill. The team of professional local carpet cleaners at Elite recommend the following methods for removing any nail polish stains.

Required Materials:

  • Firstly, you’ll need some clear nail polish remover. This is also known as acetone. However, whatever you do, do not use nail polish remover with a dye in it as it could stain your carpets further.
  • Secondly, you’ll need a whole lot of white cloths. Terry toweling is the most suitable if you can get your hands on some.
  • Thirdly, you’ll have to have some dishwashing liquid on hand as this will be mixed with water and used to help remove the nail polish stain.
  • Fourthly, you need to have a butter knife handy for fresher stains
  • Finally, you’ll require a good quality clean sponge or two to help soak everything up.

Method for Removing Nail Polish Stains:

  1. As previously mentioned, it’s imperative to get to nail polish stains as quickly as possible. If you start the stain removal process before it has dried, grab your butter knife and scrape off as much nail polish as you can. Just be careful you don’t make the stain spread and worsen.
  1. Next, take your Terry toweling and apply gentle downward pressure on the nail polish stain being careful not to rub from side to side because this could cause it to spread further. Simply, use your finger to roll on top of the stain till the colour no longer transfers to the toweling.
  1. This step sees us pour a little nail polish remover on a clean section of toweling then blot the stain by gently rolling your finger over the affected area with slight downward pressure. This will have to be done quite a few time with clean cloth each time as it can take quite a while to remove most of the nail polish from the fibres. The key during this stage is to pull apart the carpet fibres as you work to get right down to the base of the carpet’s pile. The whole process could take quite a long time but for the most effective results, you’ll have to keep working from different angles till there’s no longer any colour transfer.
  1. Now for the most important part. Get online and order yourself some Elite Supa Spotta. This proprietary carpet cleaning product has been proven time and time again to remove stains that other publicly available cleaners just cannot. It’s always good to keep a bottle of Elite’s Supa Spotta on hand for occasions just like this. Simply spray on a generous amount of our carpet cleaner and let sit for 5 minutes then blot off for best results.
  1. After that, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with tap water and use your sponge dab at the stain. This step is useful in helping remove traces of acetone and remaining nail polish.
  1. Then it’s time to soak up that liquid with a towel which is best done by standing on paper towel for maximum effectiveness.
  1. It’s important to remove all traces of dishwashing liquid and nail polish remover, so we mush now perform steps four and five again using fresh tap water.
  1. The final step in the technique to remove nail polish as recommended by our carpet cleaning technicians is to use a fan to dry the carpet as quickly as possible.

A Word of Warning

Delamination can result when you use an excessive amount of acetone or nail polish remover on your carpet. This occurs when these chemicals break down the glue in your carpet backing. The carpet cleaning professionals at Elite, also strongly recommend performing a colourfastness test if your carpet is not white. Using an inconspicuous area, try applying a little bit of acetone and if the colour from your carpet bleeds, pick up the phone and call Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning straight away. Without the help of an expert carpet cleaning, you could end up doing more harm than good by bleaching your floor coverings.

Although removing a nail polish stain can be almost impossible to do completely without the help of a trained carpet cleaner, with a little patience and elbow work you should be able to remove most of the colour from it. However, with nail polish tends to dye the fibres deep down, acetone can cause a slight stain to remain. The best advice we can give is to use a smaller amount of nail polish remover and get your hands on some Elite Supa Spotta to give yourself the best chance of achieving the best results.

Contact Your Local Carpet Cleaners

As one of Australia’s leading carpet cleaning companies, Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning are used o dealing with all types of stains. Over our nearly 40 years of operations, we’ve helped thousands of Aussies clean their carpets, rugs and upholstery quickly and affordably. Each of our qualified Elite carpet cleaning technicians undergoes on-going professional training in the latest techniques and is equipped with modern equipment to ensure the best results for our valued customers. Besides carpet cleaning, Elite also provides a wide range of other services to homes and businesses including pest control, water damage restoration and mould remediation to name but a few. For a full list of our services, please visit our website at

For the highest quality home and business maintenance services, please get in touch with the friendly team at Elite today on 131 580.

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