It is well known that nail polish stains. However, it is difficult to resist the urge to do a manicure sitting on the couch, or a pedicure on the floor, as a result of which you can spray the surface with varnish. If you accidentally stain your carpet, parquet, sofa, or other surface, don't be discouraged. It is possible that in your home there is a tool with which you can remove nail polish.
Method 1 of 5: How to remove varnish from walls
Step 1. First, use rubbing alcohol
Take a sponge and pour some rubbing alcohol on the rough side. Scrub the varnish with a sponge and be careful not to rub the paint around it. Rub the stain in small circular motions.
Step 2. Continue to scrape off the varnish
Do not apply too much force and note that it may take a few minutes for the polish to completely remove. Moisten the sponge with alcohol as needed.
Step 3. Finish cleaning with soap and water
After you have removed as much of the polish as possible, rinse off the remaining polish with warm water and dishwashing detergent. Soak a soft cloth in the solution and gently wipe the stained surface.
Step 4. Dry the wall
After you clean the wall, wipe it down with a soft cloth to dry completely.
Method 2 of 5: How to remove varnish from fabrics and clothing
Step 1. Scrape off the nail polish
Try to scrape the varnish off the fabric with a plastic spatula or the edge of a knife. Do not try to wipe off the varnish with a rag, as this will only make the situation worse.
Step 2. Use nail polish remover
Check the effect of the liquid on an inconspicuous area of clothing beforehand, as it can interact with paint and fabric (for example, nail polish remover dissolves acetate fibers).
To check, apply some nail polish remover to the inside of the fabric
Step 3. Try rubbing alcohol
Pour some rubbing alcohol directly onto the stain and blot it with a clean rag. Blot the fabric with firm, quick strokes and do not scrub it so the varnish does not smudge and penetrate deeper into the fabric.
Step 4. Rub the fabric with baking soda
The baking soda is great for removing nail polish without damaging the fabric. Dampen a clean rag, dip it in baking soda, and gently blot the stain. When doing this, press down on the fabric with quick strokes.
Step 5. Then wash the fabric in water
After you remove the varnish from the stained area, rinse it in clean water to rinse off any remaining cleaning agent.
If possible, machine wash the fabric. If this is not possible, blot the area cleaned of varnish with a clean cloth dampened in warm water
Method 3 of 5: How to remove varnish from carpets
Step 1. Never rub the stain
You might want to grab a towel and wipe off any nail polish that gets on the carpet, but don't. This will just rub the varnish deeper into the fibers of the carpet and grind it even wider. Instead, scrape off the varnish with a plastic spatula, spatula, or knife edge, and then blot the stain with a clean rag.
Step 2. Try using a glass cleaner
This method is best for cleaning fairly dark carpets. Dampen the stain with glass cleaner, then blot it with a clean rag to absorb the varnish.
Step 3. Blot the stain with nail polish remover
This method works best for light and white carpets and not for dark ones, as the liquid can remove the paint from the carpet. Pour some acetone-free nail polish remover onto a clean rag and blot the stain until the varnish is absorbed into the rag.
The nail polish remover must be free of dyes, otherwise it will stain the carpet even more
Step 4. Try rubbing alcohol to clean dark carpets
Dampen a clean rag with alcohol and blot any spilled varnish with it. Do this until you have completely cleaned the carpet.
Step 5. Use vinegar as a natural cleaning agent
Vinegar is excellent at removing nail polish from carpets. Just pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray over the stained area. Then blot the stain with a clean cloth and warm water.
Method 4 of 5: How to remove varnish from wood and laminate flooring
Step 1. Rub the stain gently
Scrub the wood or laminate surface with a putty knife to remove excess nail polish. It should come off easily, but if you can't scrape off all the varnish, dampen a rag with warm water and apply it to the stain for 30 seconds. After that, the varnish should fall behind.
Step 2. Treat the stain with denatured alcohol
Dampen a rag with alcohol and rub lightly on the stained area. Do not scrub too hard or for too long to remove paint or varnish covering the wood. Rub the wood along, not across, the polish marks.
Step 3. Try to remove stubborn stains with a metal washcloth
Use a loofah of the finest (0.025 millimeters) stainless steel wire to remove the nail polish without damaging the wood surface. Do not apply too much force and rub in the direction of the polish.
Method 5 of 5: How to remove varnish from floors and tiles
Step 1. Remove the varnish from the floor
To remove nail polish from granite, cement, concrete, brick, sandstone, tile, or similar material, you will need a not too hard brush and some cleaning products.
Step 2. Remove excess polish immediately
Take a plastic putty knife or other hard edged tool and try to scrape off as much of the polish as you can. Scrape off the varnish slowly and carefully so as not to damage the floor.
Step 3. Use acetone
Take a clean rag and dampen it with acetone. Press the rag firmly onto the stain and blot it to soak the varnish into the fabric.
Step 4. Wash off the varnish with a mild abrasive
Prepare a cleaning solution with baking soda and water, and remove any remaining polish with a soft bristled brush or soft sponge. After you have wiped off all the varnish, wash the cleaned area with warm water.
- Do not try to clean wood surfaces with nail polish remover. This will only worsen the situation! Even if the liquid removes the varnish, it will erode the protective coating.
- Before cleaning your clothes or carpet, be sure to test your chosen product on an inconspicuous small area.