How to Remove Fingernail Polish From Grout

Painting your nails didn't go quite as expected, and the proof is there for all to see--a glaring nail-polish stain jumping out at you from the grout between the tiles.

Young Woman Painting Toenails
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How you got a stain there doesn't matter; how you're going to get rid of it does. Though this may seem like a dismal task, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how little time and effort this should take.

Step 1

Soak a paper towel in non-acetone nail polish remover.

Step 2

Place the paper towel on the grout and press it down firmly so it's making contact with the entire stain.

Step 3

Leave the paper towel on the grout for three to five minutes to soften the nail polish.

Step 4

Dip an old toothbrush in the nail polish remover and gently scrub the area until the stain is gone.

Step 5

Rinse the area with clean water.