Nail polish spilt? Dripped? Smudged? The faster you act the better!

Whether it’s on the carpet, on your clothes or simply in your hair, nail polish remover is not always the answer… Most materials respond well to solvents you already have lying around the house.


Removing Polish from Wood
DON’T use nail varnish remover on wood. It actually ruins finishes and leaves new/even worse looking stains. There is however a really easy way to remove polish off wood. Just spray your polish puddle down with plenty of hair spray and let it sit for about 20 seconds before you wipe it off. You might need to repeat the process a few times, but it’s more effective than acetone – as it doesn’t damage the wood surface

Removing Polish from Cloth
This is the most common problem with nail polish and the trickiest as nail polish remover can interact with some dyes and fabrics. You will have to perform a spot test before you use it and make sure to wash it straight after. If polish remover isn’t an option, you can always try hairspray. Dry cleaning solvent can also usually remove polish, so if you can’t get it out at home, don’t hesitate to run it to your local cleaners.

Removing Polish from Hair
The fix is simple! If the polish is still wet, just grab some non-acetone polish remover and run it down the polished strands. If it’s dry already, rub conditioner or oil gently through your hair until you can slide the polish bits out.

Removing Polish from Carpet
First of all, what colour is your carpet? If it’s light or white, using a non-acetone polish remover is probably your best bet. If it’s dark, the dye could interact with the remover so try pouring on hairspray or rubbing alcohol on it. Blot the polish up with a sponge or paper towels and DON’T give up if the polish just seems to keep coming… you want to make sure you get every last bit out.