How to Get Fingernail Polish Off of a Mattress

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Things You'll Need

  • White cloths

  • Eye dropper

  • Fingernail polish remover with acetone

  • Dry cleaning solvent

  • Sponge

  • Hydrogen peroxide, optional


For light-colored mattresses, you can also use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide if the dry-cleaning solvent didn't totally remove the stain.

Fingernail polish is easily spilled.

While it may be comfortable to apply fingernail polish when sitting on a mattress, you're also more likely to spill it as you shift positions. However, you can remove most fingernail polish stains from mattresses with the right combination of tools and techniques.

Step 1

Blot the stain with a clean white cloth to remove excess liquid.

Step 2

Place a few drops of fingernail polish remover containing acetone directly onto the stain with an eye dropper. Blot the area immediately with a clean area of the cloth.

Step 3

Add a few drops of dry cleaning solvent onto the polish stain using the eye dropper. Blot immediately with the white cloth.

Step 4

Repeat step three if the stain remains.

Step 5

Dab the area with a sponge dampened in cold water. Blot dry once more.


Charlotte Johnson

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