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How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet?

Painting your nails at home is a lot easier and a lot less expensive than heading to the nail salon. But when you spill a bottle of polish that half-hour of "me time" can turn into an "oh crap" moment in about two seconds flat.

If you have hardwood floors, it's not so bad. A quick wipe and a little bit of water and you're good to go. But if you have rugs, it's a whole different story. So how do you get nail polish off the carpet? Can it even be done? The answer is yes.

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If you're not paying attention, it's possible that you might not even notice a small spill until it's all dried up. If you see a dried nail polish spill on your carpet, don't panic. There's a way to get that out too. 

  • Start by scraping or picking off the dried polish with a knife, a razor, or one of your freshly manicured fingernails. 

  • Get as much off as you can before you get it wet, then use a vacuum to pull up the remainder of any dried flakes or particles. 

  • From this point on, the method is the same as for getting out the wet polish. Test a section of your carpet with a cleaning solution, blot the stain with the cleaner, scrub with soap and water, and let it dry.

Getting polish out of the carpet is possible, but it takes a little bit of time and a lot of patience. Remember, don't scrub at the polish! You'll only make the stain worse. The next time you do your nails, sit at your kitchen or dining table. Even if you spill the whole bottle, it only takes a few seconds to wipe the polish off a tile floor.