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Video:How to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Nail polish looks pretty on your fingers and toes, but not on your carpet or upholstery. But check out these tips for mopping up messes and your rug will be as good as new.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip. Nail polish stains are a pain, and while nail polish remover generally does a great job removing them, it might also remove other stuff you want to keep around, like color in your carpet or upholstery. But take a look at these easy tips, and you'll be nail polish free in a jiffy. Check it out.

Avoid Nail Polish Removers on Carpets

While nail polish remover is a common first thought, it unfortunately has the tendency to spread a spill into an even larger mess for you to deal with. And, if your fabric or carpet isn't totally colorfast, you just might end up with a big white spot when you're done. - which is almost as bad as the electric pink one you may have started with. Some home-remedy gurus will have you running for WD40 or engine cleaner, but before you grab these big guns, take a look around for these common household solvents first.

Mild Solvents to Clean Carpets

Hydrogen peroxide is a relatively mild solvent to start with, but be sure to test it on a hidden corner of your fabric or carpet first. Using a tissue or rag, blot as much of the spill as possible, then apply the peroxide directly to the stained area. Once the excess polish has been absorbed by your rag, rub gently to draw out any polish that may have soaked into the fabric. Baking soda is another great mild solvent, and is even less likely to permanently damage your carpet. Apply a liberal amount, and gently rub against the nail polish stain. Any excess can be vacuumed up when you're finished.

Scrub the Nail Polish From the Carpet

You might need to get in there and scrub a little like you mean it, too. A toothbrush can be a handy tool, too, just remember not to brush your teeth with it when you're done. If your stain persists, try stepping it up to alcohol, and if that doesn't work, try spraying your stain with hairspray. These two options are a little more abrasive and potentially damaging to your carpet or fabric, but will also be tougher on your stain as well. I've also heard that spray window cleaner has some good results, so if you're still in a bind, give it a shot as well. If after all this, and a hearty bit of scrubbing, you're still in the dog house, it might be time to call a professional cleaner. Like, Mr. Wolf.

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