We’ve all had that moment: you’re painting your nails and in a moment of carelessness, you bump the table. What do you do with nail polish all over the carpet? Thankfully, it doesn’t mean your carpet is ruined. If you act quickly, you can still save your carpet.

Ways to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet

For New Stains

If you’ve just spilt nail polish, quickly try to clean it up as soon as possible to prevent the stain from setting. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to get out.

So, start by blotting up any excess spill with a paper towel until your paper towel is clean. Then, scrape off as much of the dry nail polish as you can. You can use a dull knife or a spoon.

If you have some non-oily nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol, you can pour that onto a cloth and re-blot the stain until no more nail polish comes out. Just make sure to use any nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol sparingly.

For Older Stains

You might not see the stain for a while, or you might have just ignored it when you spilled it. You can still possibly get the stain out.

Try Goo-Gone or the like and ONLY put it on a cloth (not directly on the carpet). Dab and blot the spot until it begins to transfer to the cloth. Repeat as needed. Gloves are recommended.

If the dried polish is on the surface only, a sharp pair of scissors can be used to trim the very tip of the fibers off, thus removing the spot. Lightly trimming the surrounding areas afterwards can blend the area so what you’ve done cannot be seen.

Best Cleaning Solutions for general spots

In general, when you’re looking to clean your carpet spots, the use of hydrogen peroxide from a brown bottle (3%) and a cloth is always your best bet.


If you are having trouble removing a stain from your carpet on your own, call a reputable Orlando carpet cleaning company like Dan Dan The Carpet Man.