How to Get a Nail Polish Stain out of Upholstery

Nail polish spills are very difficult to clean. Basically, they can ruin your favorite furniture in no time. But don’t throw it away. Not yet! For there is a way to remove nail polish stains from your upholstery. Don’t put up with the idea of living with this forever! Just make sure you read this stuff.

Here we will show you a few methods to take out a nail polish stain off your upholstery.

Let’s get started!






What you Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Spray bottle
  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Clean towels and cloths
  • Water

Cleaning guide

Step 1: Before you even begin cleaning, make sure you test a small area of the furniture in order to ensure that no dye is removed.

Step 2: If you notice no change in the fabric, then you can use polish remover to get rid of the nasty spills. First off, take a spoon or dull knife and try to scrape as much polish as you can.

Step 3: Take the nail polish remover over the affected furniture, grab a cotton ball and soak it in the nail polish remover. Apply over the area with the stain.

Step 4: Next, grab a clean cloth and go over the surface with it. This will help absorb the moisture. Keep doing this until you remove the stain. You may need to turn over the cloth at regular intervals.

Step 5: Once the stain is removed, rinse with clean water. After that wipe with a cloth. Make sure you do this until the nail polish remover is completely gone.

Step 6: Let the furniture air-dry.

furniture cleaning


What you need

  • Paper towels
  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Cotton balls
  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning product (ammonia, brake fluid cleaner, hairspray, hydrogen peroxide, Goof Off, rubbing alcohol)
  • Mild detergent
  • Clean towels or cloths
  • Water

Cleaning guide

Step 1: Before you proceed to cleaning, make sure you scrape as much nail polish as possible using a dull knife or spoon.

Step 2: Wet the affected area with water. Don’t forget to test a small area with the cleaning product. If no problems occur, you are ready to remove the polish.

Step 3: Apply the cleaning product on a cotton ball. Use this to rub the nail polish spills. Gently scrub with a clean cloth. Make sure you always use clean paper towels or cloths. If necessary, change towels every now and then.

Step 4 : Repeat the steps again. Keep the area wet and apply more of the cleaning product. Do this until the spills are all gone.

Step 5: When you ensure that the stain is removed, rinse with water. Next, follow with a clean cloth. This will help remove any water.

Step 6: Let the surface dry completely.


  • Don’t use bleach in any way to remove nail polish spills. It fades the colors of your furniture.
  • When choosing nail polish remover, make sure you pick up one that is acetone-free.
  • Be very cautious when cleaning dark colored furniture. Usually cleaning products and nail polish remover are better to use on lighter upholstery as this reduces the risk of discoloring the fabric. So, when working with darker furniture, using extra caution is a wise idea.
  • Dry stains come off more slowly than wet ones. For this reason, our advice is to keep the surface wet while you are processing the stain. This will ensure a faster and easier removing process.

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