How to Remove Fingernail Polish From Fabrics

Nail polish is a liquid substance made of resin, polymers, coloring agents and other ingredients. When applied to the fingernails, the liquid hardens in a matter of minutes. Although nail polish spills are easily removed from most surfaces using nail polish remover, it is a little more difficult to remove polish stains from fabric. Although some fabrics, such as silk, may be permanently stained by nail polish, you can restore others with a little bit of work.

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Removing nail polish stains can be challenging.

Step 1

Lay an old towel on top of a flat work surface and place the stained item on top of the towel with the nail polish stain facing upward. If the nail polish stain is on a couch or other unmovable item, you can skip this step.

Step 2

Apply 1 to 2 tsp. of acetone-based nail polish remover to a white cloth. Use only a white cloth as the dye from colored cloths can rub off on the fabric.

Step 3

Blot the top of the nail polish stain with the cloth rotating the cloth every few seconds so that you are always using a clean section. Continue applying nail polish remover and blotting the stain until the stain is completely removed.

Step 4

Place 1 tsp. of liquid laundry detergent onto the area that was previously stained and use a clean cloth dampened in warm water to gently rub the stained area. This removes any minute traces of polish, as well as most of the nail polish remover residue.

Step 5

Put the fabric into a washing machine and add laundry detergent. Wash the fabric using a normal wash cycle, and then allow to air dry.