How to Remove Fingernail Polish From Grout

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel

  • Non-acetone nail polish remover

  • Toothbrush


Harsh chemicals and abrasives will damage grout and should be avoided.

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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.


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.



Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.