How to clean nail polish out of carpet is probably the question I dread the most from my readers, which is why I’m just now getting to it. I’m totally confident in my ability to get most things out of carpet but nail polish is the one thing I’ve never had experience with. However after figuring out how to get nail polish off hardwood floors, I was feeling a little more confident and I thought I’d give it a try!
I decided painting nail polish on the carpet in the house wasn’t a great idea so I cut a piece from the left over carpet in the garage. Because I have white carpets I thought, “why not paint them with bright pink, professional-quality nail polish?” I painted 3 stripes and then “spilled” it on one section to really let the polish get deep into the fibers.
After letting the polish completely dry on the carpet I tested 2 of my favorite carpet cleaners: Woolite Pet + Oxygen and Oreck Stain Remover. Both took a lot of the color off but required a lot of scrubbing. I didn’t want to scrub too hard because I didn’t want to make the carpet look shaggy and worn. Next I tried De-Solv-It since it had taken a lot of the color off the wood flooring, however it’s pretty greasy so I’m not sure if I’d really want to put this on my carpet. Here are the results after testing those three products. Good, but not great.
Next I decided to try rubbing alcohol because it was the magic product that got the fingernail polish off the wood flooring. I poured a very small amount of rubbing alcohol over the spot where I had “spilled’ the polish and right away I noticed a difference. With a bit of scrubbing, with a wet rag, the rubbing alcohol took most of the color out of the carpet, however there was still some color in the deep fibers of the carpet. I sprayed it with a little Woolite Pet+Oxygen and scrubbed a little more and these were the results.
Not perfect but pretty dang good, much better than the other 3 products!
I tried adding a little more rubbing alcohol, and a bit more scrubbing but the remaining color wouldn’t budge. There were only a few carpet fibers that were still stained so I took the piece of carpet in the house and did what any OCD person would do, I cut them out. Yep, that’s right, I cut the remaining pink fibers out of the carpet. There weren’t a lot, just a few but it’s what made the difference between a slightly pink spot on my carpet and a perfectly white corner of carpet!
When I cut them out I made sure to cut each piece at a different length so that the missing pieces would still blend with the remaining fibers around the spot. I tried to cut right under where the pink stain stopped. Here are the results.
Perfect. You can’t even tell there was ever nail polish there! I’m sure many of you are thinking “I could never cut my carpet!” but to calm your fears I want to reassure you that you’ll never notice. After cutting the pieces out I ruffled the carpet with my finger and couldn’t even see where I had cut them out. If it’s not obvious on a small scrap of carpet like this one, I promise you’ll never see it in a large room.
Not that I want anyone to spill nail polish on my carpet but I will say that I feel more confident now that I know how to get it out!