How to Get Fingernail Polish Off Granite

From one-bedroom apartments in the city to high-end mansions in the suburbs, granite is the modern day material of choice for countertops. While it's a material typically selected for its appearance, granite is also often chosen due to its ease of care; the stone requires minimal maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. While granite is generally resistant to wear and tear, special and immediate care must be taken when a mess—such as a fingernail polish spill--occurs.

Brown granite
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Step 1

Use a sponge to apply warm, soapy water to the nail polish to help loosen its grip. Allow the water to stand for five minutes; wipe away with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 2

Spray specially-formulated granite cleaner to the nail polish if soapy water does not adequately loosen the polish. Allow the cleaner to penetrate for five minutes; wipe away with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 3

Dip a soft cloth in pure acetone and dab at the fingernail polish to help remove both color and sediment. Continue dabbing at the spot until no more stain or residue is transferred to the cloth.

Step 4

Use a razor blade to remove any excess nail polish from the granite. Gently scrape off any raised polish, being careful not to scratch any surrounding granite with the razor blade.

Step 5

Sand off any remaining nail polish with a #0000 steel wool pad. Use small, circular strokes and even pressure just on the immediate area. As steel wool is very abrasive, assess the progress after a few strokes; take care not to continue rubbing the area after the nail polish is removed, as the granite underneath may get damaged.

Step 6

Clean and polish the granite to restore its natural sheen and luster. Repeat the process if any nail polish remains.