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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.