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Despite the boom in nail salons, the most popular place to paint nails is still the living room. This usually means sitting in front of the television as your concentration wonders from nails to your favorite program – and that’s when nail polish spills occur. Suddenly your carpet is flame red, or blushing ink, or passionate purple, or whatever the fashionable nail polish color happens to be.

Now you need to know how to get nail polish out of carpet, and quick – before your expensive deep pile is destroyed. Fortunately you might have the very thing you need at hand: nail polish remover. Using it correctly is the key.

Here’s how to get nail polish out of carpet superfast using nail polish remover:

Step 1: Absorb the excess

Get a paper towel or other clean, absorbent cloth and gently dab the nail polish to suck up as much as possible. Take care not to scrub the area, because this will cause the polish to set quickly, and don’t push down on the polish as you’ll only push it deep into the carpet fibers.

Step 2: Apply nail polish remover

With most of the nail polish removed, apply a small amount of nail polish remover to the remaining stain. The stain should begin to lift out of the carpet.

Step 3: Repeat until the stain is removed

After a couple of minutes, gently dab the satin with more paper towel, or a clean section of absorbent cloth. Keep repeating the application of nail polish remover and gentle dabbing until the stain is fully removed.

What to do with a dried nail polish stain on your carpet

There will be times when the stain has already dried before you notice it (especially if the children have been playing). This requires a different approach:

Step 1: Get the stain wet

Pour cold water on the nail polish stain, to get it wet. This will help the stain to lift without causing damage to the carpet.

Step 2: Set your hairspray to work!

Spray a good amount of hairspray on the stain (12 or more pumps), followed by four or five splashes of rubbing alcohol.

Step 3: Gentle scrubbing

Using a small scrubbing brush, or unused toothbrush, scrub the nail polish stain for a minute or so, all the time pouring clean, cold water onto it.

Step 4: Rinse and repeat

Repeat the whole process until the stain has disappeared.

Whether wet or dry, a nail polish stain can be removed from carpet providing you use the right method and mix it with a little patience. If the stain does persist, then it will need a deeper carpet cleaning treatment. If this is the case, contact us today – we’re available to eliminate those hard to remove stains that refuse to go. 

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