How to Remove Nail Polish Stains

Fingernail polish can cause stubborn stains on fabric, furniture and any other items it comes into contact with. A simple slip can knock over a bottle or brush wet polish from newly painted fingernails onto a blouse. While fingernail polish will wash off skin, other items are not so simple to clean. With the right tools, however, you can clean up fingernail polish stains regardless of whether they're on clothing or furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth

  • Fingernail polish remover

  • Shaving cream

  • Laundry detergent with bleach

  • Paper towels

  • Rubbing alcohol

Step 1

Dip a washcloth in fingernail polish remover and rub it onto the stain. Use this only on items, such as a shirt, that will not be damaged by the fingernail polish remover. Untreated wood will also be fine; but if the wood has a top coat or glaze on it, the glaze may be removed as well. Rinse the area with a damp washcloth and dry.

Step 2

Spray shaving cream onto the stain on carpeted areas. Use a washcloth to rub it in until the nail polish is removed. Wet a washcloth to rinse the area. Soak up excess water with a dry cloth. Let the carpet air dry.

Step 3

Wash clothes after applying fingernail polish remover to the stain and scrubbing. Use laundry detergent with bleach on items that are safe to bleach. Do not wash dry-clean only or delicate clothing items. Take them to a professional dry cleaner for help.

Step 4

Dip a paper towel into rubbing alcohol and scrub stubborn stains, whether they are on clothes you have already tried washing or on furniture. If the stain still will not come off, the item needs to be cleaned by a professional or replaced.