Doing your own nails is a fun way to pamper yourself and practice your nail art. However, it seems like no matter how careful you are, some nail polish drips onto your surfaces. While nail polish can chip off your nails with ease, when spilled nail polish gets on your counter or carpet or what have you… It can very easily leave a stain. Trying to clean up said spilled nail polish can end up damaging your carpet.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about ruining your carpet. There are ways to clean spilled nail polish without damaging your carpet.
How To Clean Spilled Nail Polish That Hasn’t Dried Yet
If you just spilled your polish and you’re staring at the growing puddle with horror, don’t panic! Head to the kitchen and grab some sugar or salt.
This may sound a bit strange, but if you sprinkle a good amount of sugar or salt on the wet polish, this can help absorb it. This is because of the crystals in these ingredients. After you sprinkle the spilled polish with sugar or salt, give it a few minutes to soak it up. Then, you can clean it up.
You don’t want to use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up your sugar/salt and polish mixture, as this can lead to clogs. Rather, scoop it up. Then, get a cotton ball or paper towel and blot the spill, working from the outside in.
For any remaining polish, you can follow some of the instructions given below.
- If the polish had spilled on your clothes too, grab a wad of paper towels and put them under the stain, so that it doesn’t have the chance to spread through to the other side. Then, you can use an appropriate cleaning solution (not acetone if there is acetate!) or take your clothes to a dry cleaner.
How To Clean Spilled Nail Polish Without Damaging Your Carpet
Depending on what the nail polish spilled on, cleaning methods vary. What works for one type of carpet can end up damaging another, the same for if it spills on wood versus tile. If ever you have any doubts about cleaning the spill, you can contact a professional cleaner who cleans that surface.
Here is how you can clean nail polish spills without damaging your carpet.
The DIY Route
You want to know what your carpet is made of before doing this. This is because some carpets have acetate in them – which means that if you try to use acetone to clean up the spill, you could end up dissolving your carpet! You also want to keep your carpet’s color in mind, as acetone can end up taking the dye off of darker carpets.
For best results, you’ll want to use a dry cleaning solvent, though acetone can work too. If the nail polish has hardened, you can press some ice to the spill, which will help it break apart. You can remove any excess polish that turns brittle with a putty knife or spoon.
Then, add the solvent or acetone to a cloth, then blot from the outside in. Repeat as needed, then rinse and blot dry.
- Be careful to use the smallest cleaning cloth as is possible. You may opt for cotton balls or q-tips, depending on the size of the stain. This is because if you use a cloth that is much bigger than the stain, you could end up spreading it.
If your spilled nail polish leaves a stubborn stain and you’re worried about damaging your surfaces if you try to clean it up, a professional carpet cleaner will be able to help you.
The Professional Route
Are you worried about damaging your carpet if you try to clean your spilled nail polish yourself? That’s understandable! Fortunately, if you don’t want to risk it or if you tried and there’s still a polish stain, a professional carpet cleaner can help you out.
Professional carpet cleaners have special cleaning solutions and equipment that allow them to really give your carpets a deep clean. It’s how they can clean seemingly hopeless stains, like wine, blood, and yes, spilled nail polish. For the best results possible and a really deep clean that leaves your carpets nice and fresh, you’ll want to hire a professional carpet cleaning company.
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