I get asked questions about how to clean nail polish off of things all the time! I have gathered the questions and I thought I’d try to tackle the a few of the most commonly asked questions, starting with hardwood & laminate floors.
Question: I am wondering if you know of any way to get nail polish off laminate flooring? My twins decided one day to dump a bottle on the floor and smear it around. I found it pretty quickly, but it dries so quickly that it is just a big mess. I have to cover it with a rug. I have tried a few things and asked many many people but no one has any ideas. I am thinking we may just have to replace the floor. I thought there is no harm in asking you.
Answer: I can honestly say that I’ve never had this problem before, I’ve had someone spill nail polish on my tile floor, but never my wood flooring. So I started by doing a little “Googling” and came across this forum that gave me a couple ideas, then I set out testing my theories.
In order to test the theories first I had to “spill” some nail polish. As much as I believe in what I do, I didn’t think my husband would appreciate me painting nail polish on our floors so I grabbed a piece of our leftover flooring and painted that. I painted 3 separate spots because I wanted to try out three different ideas.
Armed with these cleaning products I set out to find the answer to this reader’s question.
De-Solv-It is great for cleaning up all kinds of messes so I figured, why not try it on nail polish? I sprayed the De-Solv-It on the nail polish and let it set for a few minutes. Then, using a piece of felt, I attempted to scrub off the color. I was actually surprised that a little color came off and thought, this must be the answer! However after a few more minutes of scrubbing (and I mean really scrubbing) I gave up because the polish wasn’t really coming off. I managed to get some of the color off but it was not a complete success.
Just for kicks I also tried the WD-40 on this same spot because it is also a greasy product, but I had no luck. Trial #1= fail.
#2: Hydrogen Peroxide
Next I tried hydrogen peroxide. Online I had read that a 50/50 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide would work but I really hate to dilute a good thing so I thought I’d try the full strength hydrogen peroxide, and then if I worked then I would try diluting it.
First I soaked a piece of felt in the peroxide and let it sit on the nail polish for a couple minutes. Then I scrubbed… and scrubbed… and scrubbed.
The hydrogen peroxide didn’t even touch the nail polish stain, after a couple minutes of scrubbing this is all the color it took off! Trial #2= epic fail.
#3: Rubbing alcohol
At this point I was beginning to think I ‘d have to write a post and say, “The answer to getting nail polish off wood flooring is… still unknown!” But I had one more thing to try, the rubbing alcohol.
First I soaked a piece of felt in rubbing alcohol and laid it over the polish stain, just as I had done with the hydrogen peroxide. After a couple minutes I began scrubbing and something magical happened, the polish came right off! I barely even had to scrub and the polish came right off!!!
I was able to get up all of the polish without even really “scrubbing” and the best part is that rubbing alcohol is also great for cleaning and sterilizing so now the wood flooring is probably cleaner than it was before!
So the answer to getting nail polish spills of hardwood and laminate flooring is: Rubbing alcohol!