How to Remove a Nail Polish Stain From Furniture


There are several different colors, brands, and varieties of fingernail polish. If you've accidentally hit your furniture with wet nails or there has been a spill, nail polish can soak into your upholstered furniture, or dry atop hard furniture. Fortunately, acetone will remove nail polish stains on both porous or hard surfaces when applied the correct way.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetone-based fingernail polish remover
  • Cotton squares
  • Towel

Hard Surfaces

  • Place a cotton square on top of an open container of acetone-based fingernail polish.

  • Hold the cotton square firmly on the opening and turn the bottle over to saturate the cotton square.

  • Rub the square gently over the stain until it is removed.

  • Wipe the area with a damp towel to remove excess fingernail polish remover.

Upholstered Surfaces

  • Pour fingernail polish remover on a towel in an area slightly larger than the stain.

  • Place the towel, fingernail polish remover side down, on the stain.

  • Cover the towel with your hand and apply pressure.

  • Check the stain in 5-minute intervals. The stain should transfer from the fabric to the towel.

  • Turn the towel over and blot up any excess liquid.

Tips & Warnings

  • Perform a spot test on all furniture before applying acetone. This will prevent obvious discoloration or damage to the furniture.

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