clean polishLip Stick Stain Removal from Carpet Tips

It’s your day off, and you decide to pamper yourself. Accompanied by music and a nice glass of wine, you get all of your nail care products out and arrange them on your living room floor. No matter how careful you are when applying nail polish, there is always that chance that, despite your best efforts, it can still end up on your carpet.


Before we jump right into nail polish – stain removal techniques, let’s take a quick look at the ingredients in a typical bottle of nail polish.

Most nail polishes made of nitrocellulose that’s dissolved in a solvent. Nail polish also contains:

  • Solvents
  • Colouring agents
  • Plasticisers
  • File forming agents
  • Adhesive polymers

Nail polish can be challenging to remove from carpet, especially if it has already dried. Check out these tips for getting or to clean polish.

Things Needed to Clean Nail Polish

Hydrogen peroxide
Nail polish remover
Spray bottle

How to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet DIY

  1. Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
  2. Then, you have to do is to blot the excess nail polish with any clean, dry towel. Thus, it will allow the excess nail polish transfer to the cloth.
  3. Next in line is making use of your nail polish remover. Moisten your clean cloth using your nail polish remover. You can use acetone, but it can also bleach your carpet; therefore only applicable to white or any light rugs.
  4. Apply to rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile, use a blotting motion until the removed or no colours transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spots removed. If not, go to the next step.
  5. Do not forget you have to do a few trials first on the hidden part of your house to make sure the nail polish remover won’t fade your carpet. You also need to keep carpet remnants when you install your carpeting so that you can have something to try unto before using any carpet cleaning solution. You can also use hydrogen peroxide if your carpet is white mainly because it has a bleaching effect.
  6. At this point, blot the stained area with your wet towel to clean polish. Now you can see the nail polish transferring to the cloth.
  7. Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. Then continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
  8. Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
  9. Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
  10. Repeat the process until all the stains wholly transferred to the cloth and no trace of nail polish left on your carpet.
  11. Following all the stains were removed, you may rinse the carpet using warm water. Get your spray bottle and spray over the area. Blot the area using another dry towel to extract the water.
  12. If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to the water, so no rinsing is necessary. Apply paper towels and weight down with brick.
  13. Dry the area thoroughly before allowing anybody to use it.

Lips Stick Guide

  • You should not apply any carpet cleaning solution directly to your carpet to avoid or prevent any additional damage like bleaching. It would be better if you have any carpet remnants to test.

Never rub the area when applying any solution. You may find yourself spreading the stain unto a larger area. Simply do pure blotting or dabbing. For more help call Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal service, in South Auckland, North Shore, East, West Auckland.

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Remember always to do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is usually not visible. These suggested treatments only and Steam ‘n’ Dry Carpet Cleaning Auckland stain removal service can’t be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the procedures in this spot removal guide.

Experienced, Researched and written by the Stephens family. Thus, includes Graeme an IICRC master restoration Technician 2001, with over 32 years of carpet cleaning and stain removal Auckland services experience.

Updated:18th May 2020