Nail varnish: it’s one of the most dramatic and irreversible-looking stains that can befall your carpet. So what do you do when disaster strikes and your carpet is hit with this sticky, colourful paint?
Well, like most things in life, there are a few ways you can go about removing your nail varnish stain. And, like our pervious post on how to remove wine stains from your carpet, it might just depend on what you’ve got lying around in your cupboard.
The ground rules
There are some rules that apply to any nail varnish stain, no matter which method you’re choosing to tackle them with.
The sooner the better
The sooner you tackle this stain, the more likely it is to completely come out of your carpet. Of course, sometimes we only discover a stain once it’s dried. If that’s the case, don’t panic, but if you do have the opportunity to try and remove it while it’s still wet, work fast.
Better safe than sorry
Whichever cleaning method you decide to go for, it’s always a good idea to check the substance on a hidden area of your rug or carpet first, particularly if you’re using bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide.
Keep it simple
If you’re using a coloured cloth or napkin, or one that’s patterned, you’re running the risk of transferring some of the dye onto your (already stained) carpet. Try and stick to white, clean cloths, and avoid paper napkins, which will likely fall to pieces once wet.
Avoid clothing detergents
Clothing detergents are designed for clothes for a reason – they’re best suited to clothing fabrics. That goes for spot cleaners, too. If you use one that isn’t designed for your carpet, it can seriously damage the fibres, not to mention prove a nightmare to remove.
Avoid chlorine bleach
If you have a wool carpet then you should avoid anything that contains bleach or ammonia altogether. That’s because they contain alkalis – the sworn enemy of wool carpets. Again, these can irreversibly damage your carpet, so steer clear if you’re working with wool.
How to get wet nail varnish out of carpet
Now we’ve got that straight, it’s time to raid your cupboards. If you’re working on a fresh nail varnish stain then one of the below methods works best. Make sure you keep the stain wet if you can, by dabbing the area with a damp cloth.
How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… non-acetone nail varnish remover
• Blot the area with a clean, wet cloth, to keep the nail varnish wet.
• Put some of the nail varnish remover onto a new cloth.
• Blot the stain, lifting as much colour as you can.
How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… window cleaner
• Again, keep the nail varnish damp by dabbing with a wet cloth.
• Apply the window cleaner to a different cloth
• Blot the stain repeatedly to lift as much of the varnish as possible.
How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… hairspray
• As always, ensure the area remains damp, using a wet cloth when needed.
• Apply the hairspray to the sponge, and the sponge directly to the stain.
• Blot repeatedly until the varnish begins to lift.
How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… hydrogen peroxide and baking powder
N.B. Only use this method on lightly-coloured carpets, such as cream or white, and always test on a hidden area first. Any peroxide products can affect your carpet’s colour. Do not treat wool carpets with this method.
• Wet a cloth or sponge with the hydrogen peroxide solution, or pour a small amount directly onto stain.
• Blot the stain to remove as much as possible.
• Make a paste with the baking soda and a small amount of water.
• Apply the paste to the stain and leave to soak for one hour.
• Apply a thick layer of baking soda to the stain and leave to soak for one hour.
• Remove the mixture with a spoon and vacuum up any excess power.
How to get dry nail varnish out of carpet
Although removing dry nail varnish stains from the carpet can be much more difficult, there are still some options that could help lessen the appearance of the stain, if not remove it completely. Whichever your chosen technique, start by moistening the area with water.
How to get nail varnish out of carpet using… non-acetone nail varnish remover and rubbing alcohol
• Mix equal parts of each liquid in a bowl and pour a small amount over the affected area.
• Use an old toothbrush to gently brush the stain, being careful not to damage the fibres.
• Vacuum up any loosened polish.
• Repeat as many times as necessary until the stain is removed.
Remember if you’re ever in doubt, call in the professionals! Tackling the stain yourself with what’s in your cupboards can do a great job, but don’t be afraid to call in the experts if you aren’t happy with the results.