How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of a Velvet Cushion

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Even though that little voice deep down inside of you warned you not to polish your nails on the couch, you didn't want to listen. Now, your favorite plush velvet cushion is sporting a new look as a glaring nail polish stain mars its appearance. Reaching for the paper towels and trying to wipe this stain up may only make it worse. Nail polish stains can be tricky, but if you know what to do, it's not so bad.

Things You'll Need

  • Dull knife
  • Paper towels
  • Clean cloth or cotton ball
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Fan
  • Dish soap
  • Water

Remove the Nail Polish Stain With Nail Polish Remover

  • Use a dull knife to scrape away dried nail polish. If it's a fresh stain, you can blot it with paper towels to remove as much as possible.

  • Dampen a clean cloth or cotton ball with non-acetone nail polish remover.

  • Wipe the stain with the nail polish remover, working from the outside in so as not to spread the stain.

  • Wipe the area with a clean damp cloth once you've removed the stain to get rid of the nail polish remover.

  • Place a fan nearby to help the cushion to dry quickly.

Remove the Nail Polish With Dish Soap

  • Use a dull knife to scrape away dried nail polish. If it's a fresh stain, you can blot it with paper towels to remove as much as possible.

  • Add a tablespoon of dish soap into 2 cups of water.

  • Dip a clean cloth into the solution and blot the area gently.

  • Continue to blot the stain, adding more of the soapy water as needed.

  • Place a fan nearby to help the cushion to dry quickly.

Tips & Warnings

  • While non-acetone nail polish is very effective for removing nail polish stains, it may fade your cushion so be sure to test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness first.

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