We all love those shiny nail polishes and the endless possibilities that we can create with them. But the applying process? Ergh, not so much. Some of you may find it hard to apply it evenly, or have been clumsy a few times and have dropped the nail polish onto the carpet. And the removal process after you’ve dropped it? It’s the worst. That is if you don’t have the right tools or knowledge for that field. You are in luck because we know all the little tips that can make all of that mess go away.
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Well, one of the ways you can choose to go with is with a spoon. While the nail polish is still fresh pick it up with the spoon. Try to work fast, because it is a lot easier to remove the fresh polish drops than the dried and thick ones. After you’ve scooped everything off of the floor wipe your spoon and throw it away. You’ve done your spoon digging part.
#1: Absorb The Excess
Once you’ve picked up as much as you could, take a towel or a cloth. Use it to absorb the leftover polish. Wrap it around your fingers and dab the nail polish with the cloth. Don’t do the rubbing motions, because that way you are pushing the nail polish deeper into the carpet. After each blot, use a new section of clean cloth to avoid spreading the stain. Dabb it until you notice that there is no more color coming off on the cloth.
Find yourself a cleaner to use. There is plenty of those you can go for, but try to avoid bleach and acetone. Both of those can damage your carpet because they are so strong and harsh chemicals. The most effective cleaner will be non-acetone nail polish remover, but you can also try:
Any of these will get the job done.
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#3: Patch Test
Do you know about the patch test? Not the regular one, the carpet one? Well, you use a cleaner to check out your carpet. It’s important to perform a patch test on fabric before applying new cleaners or products. Take a cotton swab and dip it in the nail polish remover or any other cleaner you are using. Dab a tiny area of your carpet. A good test of a spot for a test patch includes an area of carpet that’s normally hidden under furniture. Come back in a few minutes to see if the area has been discolored or affected by your cleaner. If the cleaner did discolor the carpet, try some other cleaners. If not, and everything worked out fine, you can continue with the process.
#4: Blot The Stain
At this point, you will need to blot the area with your cleaner. Take a fresh clean rag and damp it with a nail polish remover. Blot the stain the way you did with the dry towel. Switch to a fresh section of cloth regularly to prevent spreading. If you believe that it is necessary to add some more of the nail polish to your cloth just do it. Dabb it until the stain is gone.
#5: What About The Dried Nail Polish?
Now, this is what you will have to do if you are dealing with a dried nail polish. As with the first method, pick it off of the carpet with the spoon or even a knife. Scrape as much as you can because the dried nail polish can be really persistent into not coming off. Scraping off the excess will make the whole further process much easier. If you are feeling desperate or if the whole scraping thing doesn’t work out for you, get scissors. Trim a little bit of your carpet so you can remove the nail polish. But be very careful not to ruin the carpet.
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#6: Vacuum The Area
The remaining flecks will need to be vacuumed with the vacuum cleaner. You will notice that the whole surface is a lot cleaner by now, just needs some air to make it spotless.
Test out any cleaner on your carpet. The best one to go for is acetone-free nail polish remover. Take a cotton swab and dip it into the remover and apply it to a small and inconspicuous area of carpet. Let it be for two minutes and check it out later for any damage.
Blot the area with the cleaner of your choice to remove the stain. Take a clean cloth that you’ve dampped in a nail polish remover or any other cleaner and gently press the cloth into the nail polish stain. As usual, dab the area to loosen and remove the nail polish. Move to a fresh section of cloth to prevent spreading the stain. However, be very careful not to pour the cleaner directly onto the carpet, as this can damage your carpet. Again no rubbing motions, just patting.
#9: Clean It
Let’s wrap it up now, shall we? Soak up the excess cleaner and nail polish. After the stain is gone, use a clean towel to press it into the carpet. This soaks up the leftover polish residue. Be sure to use a clean part of the towel throughout the whole process. Keep pressing into the carpet until all of the residues comes off.
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Clean the dirty area with soap. Find yourself a bucket which you will fill up with water and also add two spoons of a liquid dish detergent. Swish the water around to dissolve the soap. Use a clean sponge and dip it into the soapy water. Scrub the carpet and clean the unwanted residue of the nail polish. Rinse your sponge in the soapy water and continue to scrub it until all of the stains don’t disappear.
#11: Rinse It Out
Now, just rinse it out with water. Get a bucket and fill it with warm water. Use a sponge and clean out the excess. Keep on dabbing until all of the soap is gone and your carpet is rinsed out.
#12: Dry It Out
Pat the whole area with a clean towel to absorb the water. Pat dry about five minutes. After that, get a fan which you will place directly onto the stain. Turn it on so it dries the carpet completely. Approximately 10 minutes will be enough.
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So now you know how to get nail polish out of the carpet. The removal process may take some time, but in the end, if everything is done right, you will be satisfied. Just make sure you go by the rules and that way you won’t make any mistakes.