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We’ve all been there: You’re in the middle of painting your nails when you go to reach for something and accidentally spill the polish bottle all over the floor! Though a DIY manicure can save you money, you may end up spending more in the long run if you have to buy new furniture or household items because you’re constantly spilling polish. Not to worry at-home lacquer aficionados, we’ve got you covered! Read on to learn how to get nail polish off of everything and anything.

Carpet

Before attempting to remove the stain, do a spot test on a smaller, hidden area of the carpet to ensure the remover won’t cause discoloration. Then, dampen a microfiber cloth with a small amount of clear acetone and gently blot—don’t rub—the polish off. Use gentle motions and small increments of remover to avoid spreading the polish across the carpet. Don’t have clear acetone laying around? Apply hairspray to the polish, followed by alcohol and cold water, then dab.

Wood

Whether it’s a table or floors, avoid using polish remover at all costs. Instead, if the polish is dried, use a damp cloth soaked in warm water to loosen the polish, then use a knife or spatula to gently scrape off the spot. For wet or stubborn polish, pour a small amount of mineral spirits on a rag and gently dab the lacquer off the wood surface.

Suede

Painting your nails while wearing suede boots? Not the best idea. However, accidents can happen, so it’s always good to be prepared. To remove polish from suede (faux or real), use a dull knife to gently scrape off the stain, then use a sponge to dab soapy water onto the area and dry it off with a clean towel.

Upholstery   

Before attempting to remove the stain, do a patch test on a hidden part of the fabric. Then, soak a cotton pad with acetone and gently blot the area to remove the polish. Continue blotting the area until all of the lacquer is gone.

Clothing

First things first, read the label on the item to see if the fabric contains acetate. If it does, put down the polish remover and send the item to the cleaners immediately—acetone can cause fabrics containing acetate to melt! If you’re in the clear, lay the item face-down on a flat surface, then soak a small section of a cloth or paper towel with acetone and gently dab the area until the polish comes off. Throw the item in the washer under the warm or hot setting, and you should be good to go when it comes out.

Bonus Tip:

Ran out of polish remover and need to get a color off your nails? Apply top coat to your painted nail, then apply a polish on top, without waiting for the top coat to dry. While the polish is still wet, use a cotton pad to wipe off the polish. This method will remove both the fresh polish and the old one.


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