All of us girls have been there, and maybe a select few guys; who get the last minute invite to go out on the town. Maybe friends decide to hit the hottest club, or the nearest pub to unwind and dance and just let their hair down. Or perhaps the crush you been flirting with finally had the light bulb go off and asked you out last minute. No time for a manicure/pedicure, but seriously those toe nails need a quick paint job pronto. You pull out the electrifying hue of polish that accents the perfect dress. Disaster strikes, in your hurried bustling you didn’t screw the lid on tight enough and bam, nail polish is now staining your carpet! You grimace, fight tears, and maybe swallow your favorite curse word and realize you have no clue how to treat the offending spot. What do you do?
How to Treat Nail Polish Stains on Carpet
Act Quickly to Clean Carpet – The important thing to keep in the back of your mind is the need for a fast response to treat the spot. The longer you wait the harder it will be to get the stain out. Every moment allows that polish to seep deeper into the carpet fibers. Nail polish will also begin to dry and you don’t want it to dry.
Blot Carpet Stain – Naturally instinct for cleaning spots is to rub, scrub and use the elbow grease. That my friends, can push the nail polish deeper into the carpet, along with spreading the spot into a wider one. Grab a paper towel, and start on the outer edges carefully blotting as much polish as possible.
Spot Test Carpet Cleaner – Before applying any chemical cleaning aide, be sure as much of the nail polish is blotted up, depending on the spill, it may take a few towels. Naturally, that nail polish didn’t spill in an inconspicuous spot, it more than likely landed right in the middle of your carpet. Be sure to do a patch test off in the corner before putting the cleaner onto the stain. Even “carpet safe” cleaners may not be safe for differently chemically treated carpets. If the patch test is a success, generously apply to the stain, no need to flood the area though.
Carpet Cleaning Products – On a side note, if your carpet is a lighter shade you can try an acetone free nail polish. Acetone can lift color out of the carpet so be sure it is acetone free before you apply. On darker carpet hairspray or rubbing alcohol might do the trick. Apply the appropriate cleaning aide onto a damp cloth and gently pat the stain. Sometimes glass cleaner is suitable, but always do a patch test!
Nail Polish Odor Removal on Carpets
Once the stain is removed a lingering smell of nail polish or polish remover might be present, simply use a dainty squirt of liquid dishwashing soap and warm water and gently rub the area, after that step, and if you didn’t need to apply the mixture be sure to rinse with cool water. Simply use a water bottle, spray down the area and blot with a clean dry cloth.
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Sometimes that nail polish can be stubborn (generally the darker shades) and though you may have improved the stain, the nail polish is still visible, even after repeating the above tips. Not a problem, the skilled professionals at Direct Carpet Cleaners can assist your dilemma with our wide range of carpet treatment service. Contact us today!