In an ideal world, there would be plenty of time for you to go to the salon to have your nails painted. However, in today’s hectic world, we often find ourselves having to do them at home. So you set yourself up on the floor in front of the TV, with an old towel down so that nothing can get spilt. You go ahead painting your nails and you are nearly finished when the worst happens – you knock the bottle, one of the kids picks it up to play with or the family pet goes barrelling past and sends it flying. Now you have a big streak of your favourite dark red nail polish along your cream carpet. Disaster! Thankfully, there are a few tried and tested methods for removing nail polish from your carpet without leaving a big dark stain. Want to know more? Read on.
Hairspray Fixes More Than Just Hair
First make sure you blot away any excess polish from the carpet and pour water over the stained area to keep the polish wet and fresh. Then grab your can of hairspray and give the stain around 15-20 sprays until it is completely covered. If you have rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide in the house, a small splash on top of the hair spray will help speed up the stain removal process. Once you have applied your products use a small scrubbing brush or a damp cloth to dab (NOT wipe) at the stain. Keep pouring cold water over it throughout and persevere – it might take longer than you think to get the nail varnish out. Keep scrubbing until the stain is no longer visible and then flush with cold water to remove any excess hair spray.
Nail Varnish Remover
This one seems like a bit of a no brainer, but nail varnish remover is one of the easiest ways to get nail varnish out of your carpet. Again make sure you blot away any excess and keep the stain wet as soon as it appears, and only use an acetone free nail polish remover. This is because an acetone based remover will not only remove the polish but also the colour from your carpet, leaving you with a bleached spot. It can also damage the backing and fibres of the carpet. If you’re not sure, test a small amount of the nail polish remover on a less visible area of carpet. If the carpet discolours or the colour transfers from the carpet to the cloth, don’t use it. If it doesn’t change the carpet or the cloth, it’s probably ok. Soak the area and dab at the stain repeatedly. Don’t wipe the stain, this will only spread the stain. Keep dabbing until the stain disappears.
The Window Cleaner Method
This method follows the same first 2 steps as the other methods – blot away any excess and soak the area with cold water to prevent the polish from drying. The grab your window cleaner (it doesn’t matter what brand it is) and spray a small amount onto a clean sponge or cloth. Scrub the stain firmly in a small circular motion for a few minutes, refreshing water and window cleaner when necessary. Once the stain is as light as it can get, spray with window cleaner and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water. The stain should disappear.
No matter which of these techniques you try, the most important thing to remember when trying to get nail varnish out of your carpet is to keep the area moist. Allowing the polish to dry and set will make it incredibly difficult to remove later down the line, so keeping it moist with water and a damp cloth will allow you remove the stain easily and increase your chances of getting all of the polish out. For more tips or information about the best stain resistant carpets, get in touch with your carpet specialist today.