How To Remove Fingernail Polish Stain

Washables and Nonwashables:
  • Depending on the fabric and how sturdy/porous it is, you may be able to scrape off some of the fingernail polish if it's dry.
  • Place a clean absorbent paper towel or disposable muslin on the stain, then blot with acetone, dabbing from the back of the fabric. Change the pad as the spot is absorbed. If the fabric is very durable, use the back of a spoon to work the solvent into the fabric.
  • Flush with dry cleaning fluid, and repeat this sequence if necessary.
  • If stain remains, drip a small amount of acetone on the spot, and cover the stain with a clean absorbent pad damp with acetone. Let sit for 15 minutes, adding acetone in drops as it evaporates. Cover the area with a bowl to minimize evaporation. Flush with dry cleaning fluid.
  • Repeat the same step of dripping and then covering with a bowl, but this time with rubbing alcohol.
  • If stain remains, bleaches are an option if applied with caution (lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, oxygen bleach like Clorox II, and chlorine bleach, in order of strength and harshness).

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