How to get Nail Polish out of Carpet and Clothes?
Nothing could be more arduous than getting the accidentally spilled nail polish out of carpet or clothes. No matter how careful you are, some days tend to bring such ill-luck. Scrubbing with nail polish remover that we normally use, does nothing but leaving another weird stain on it (don’t scrub). Not just carpet, a nail polish can ruin anything that we use in everyday life including clothes or furniture. We know, all the desperate housewives who spend their days in wiping and cleaning of their house, would love to know about how to get nail polish out of carpet or clothes. Here is a comprehensive guide containing all the answers to your queries.
How to get Fingernail polish out of Carpet?
Fresh spills are easily removed from carpets without leaving a single mark. But when the polish dries, it would be hard to remove it. So, try to keep the stain moist by pouring on water on it. There are a number of ways to get rid of nail polish stains dried or wet. Check out some of the best known, given below. [Read here: Biggest Room Decorating Mistakes and how to Fix them.]
- For lighter color carpets, using non-acetone remover is the right choice. Put a small amount on a sponge, paper towel or white cloth. Simply place it on the damaged area. Technique is to blot (avoid rubbing). Keep doing that until all the polish comes out.
- For darker colored carpets, removing nail polish stain with non-acetone remover or hydrogen peroxide, might cause damage and discoloration. Before applying it, test it on some corner first. The most recommended way is to use hairspray (alcoholic) and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Rub and blot it with paper towel or sponge.
- Simply wet the dry stain with water. Pour a hairspray directly on the stain for 15 times or so. Start scrubbing it with a toothbrush for about 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat the same process until the stain is vanished.
- Try Hydrogen peroxide with a small dropper. Pour it on the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Or simply wet the damaged area with soap and water. Then pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on it. It would surely help in removing the stain.
- Cleaning solutions that come with ammonia or alcohol are yet another great option for getting the polish out of carpet.
- Household items like vinegar and lemon are also recommended for proper cleaning of nail polish stains from carpet.
- Wet the stained area with a window cleaner and scrub it well with a dish cloth or clean sponge. Scrub it in circular motion. Once you are done with scrubbing, rinse the area well with water and carpet shampoo.
Note: It is highly recommended to test the chemicals like acetone or hydrogen peroxide on some inconspicuous part of the carpet first to avoid discoloration.
How to get Nail Polish out of Fabric?
If the stain is fresh, place an ice cube on it first to harden it. Dried nail polish is easy to remove. An attempt of removing the wet polish may cause smudging.
- Your first try should be to pick the dried flakes of nail polish by using a tweezer.
- We would not recommend you to use a nail polish remover for removing it from different fabrics. It might damage the cloth. For fabrics, dry cleaning solvent and hair sprays are better choices. For white fabric, use hydrogen peroxide to bleach away the stain (not recommended for colored fabrics).
- Using a bug spray or repellent on the nail polish stain can also help. Use an old toothbrush for cleaning. Spray the bug repellent on the brush and scrub the fabric in circular motions.
- An acetone-based nail polish remover can also be used. But it may easily discolor the fabric. Before dabbing the cloth in it, check it on an inconspicuous part of clothing.
How to get Nail Polish Off Skin?
- Don’t try to remove nail polish, when it is wet. Let it dry first. Otherwise it would spread on a wider area.
- Simply scratching the nail polish off your skin can also work.
- Spraying deodorant on the stained area is the easiest thing to do. Wash the area well after it.
- Pour nail polish remover on a cotton ball and remove the stained area well. Once you are done with it, wash the affected area well with soap and water.
How to get paint out of Clothes?
Removing paint (oil-based or water-based) from clothes may damage its structure. So, it is very important to pay heed to what the label on the clothes says. Check out some tricks here, according to the type of paint.
- If it is oil-based paint, use an oil solvent for it. Pour some oil solvent on the stained part. Rub it well with a towel. Rinse with water and detergent afterwards.
- Paint thinners are also quite effective for removing paint. But it must be tested on some small area first. As paint thinners may cause damage to fabrics. Turpentine can be a good thinner.
- Water-based paints are easy to remove, when wet. Wet paint can easily be washed by soaking and rubbing in cold or lukewarm water.
How to get Dried Paint out of Clothes?
If the paint is dried, you’d have to scrape it off, but how? Pour a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Rub the affected area well with it. Repeat the same process till the spot vanishes. If this trick does not work, apply some hairspray on it and rub the cloth.
How to get Gum out of Jeans?
- Take an ice cube and wrap it in a cloth towel. Rub it on the gummed area. It’d harden the gum and you can peel it off easily.
- If ice cube doesn’t work effectively, place your jeans in the freezer overnight (wrapped in a shopper bag). Get it out and pluck the gum.
- Rub the affected part with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar. Don’t forget to warm the vinegar for a few secs in microwave before rubbing.
Conclusion: Removing the stains of polish or paint requires your time and energy. When you have both of them, nothing is impossible. All the tricks discussed here are useful and recommended by people with personal experience. We hope it would be help for you. [Read here: 5 Space Saving Ideas for Small Apartments.]