Nail polish is difficult to remove and may leave stains after the process, but there are still a few things you can do to save your clothes. There are many ways to do this, but the main thing is to act quickly, since the old stain is much more difficult to remove. Follow the tips in this article to get the stain out of your clothes!
Method 1 of 2: Using acetone, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide
Step 1. Make sure you can safely use the product of your choice on the garment
Acetone can generally be used on cotton, silk, denim, and linen, so check the label on the item to make sure the item is made from this particular material. If not, do not use acetone. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe bleach, so it probably won't damage your clothes. However, prolonged use can damage the color of the fabric.
- Do not use acetone on clothing made of materials such as acetate or triacetate, as acetone will damage it.
- If you're not sure what the garment is made of, or just want to be careful, test your chosen product in a small, inconspicuous area.
- For example, on the back of the collar, which is folded in and hidden by the hair, or on the bottom of a shirt if you tuck it in.
Step 2. Buy acetone, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
You can find these products at a beauty store or even a supermarket. Look for a nail polish remover with acetone as the active ingredient if you can't find pure acetone.
Step 3. Lay the wardrobe item on a layer of paper towels
This is to protect the surface from nail polish, as the polish will get on the paper towels. The dyed cloth should be in direct contact with the back of the paper towels.
Step 4. Blot the back of the stain with stain remover
You can use paper towels for this, but cotton balls are the best solution. You can dissolve the nail polish on the fabric and transfer it to paper towels under the fabric.
Don't rub the stain. Friction can increase the area of the stain. Press down on the stain to let the varnish seep onto the paper towels
Step 5. Rinse the fabric
Rinse the stained area under warm water in the bathroom or sink. You can gently rub the stain with your finger, but be careful not to increase the area of the stain.
Step 6. Repeat the process as needed
If nail polish is still visible on the garment, place the front side of the garment on a layer of paper towels and blot again with stain remover from the wrong side.
Repeat the blotting and rinsing process until the stain is completely removed
Step 7. Wash your clothes to get rid of chemicals, including nail polish and stain remover
After removing the stain, wash your clothes in the washing machine.
Method 2 of 2: Using an insecticide or hairspray
Step 1. Test the product on a small hidden area of fabric
To keep the test area really small, apply the product to the tip of a cotton swab and then to the area of tissue that is usually hidden by hair or other clothing.
If the paint on the fabric does not wash out, you can safely use this tool
Step 2. Spray the product directly onto the stain
Use enough to completely saturate the stain.
Step 3. Rub the stain
Buy a cheap toothbrush or use a toothbrush you no longer need to remove stains from your clothes.
Step 4. Blot the stain with a piece of cotton wool
Do not scrub so as not to increase the area of the stain, but gently blot with a piece of cotton wool. When the cotton wool gets dirty, use a fresh piece so as not to accidentally stain your clothes with the already collected varnish.
Step 5. Rinse the fabric
Rinse the stained area under warm water in a bathtub or sink to remove hairspray and used product.
- Repeat the application and rinse process until the stain is completely removed.
- After removing the stain, wash your clothes in the washing machine.