Getting nail polish out of your clothes can be quite an annoying task, especially if you don’t know how to do it.
You can risk damaging your clothes or washing them the wrong way, and that can really dampen your day. Its enough to make you want to want to toss out the polish and try a DIY nail kit instead.
Though it might seem stressful at first, there are actually lots of ways you can get nail polish out of your clothes without too much hassle.
The method will change depending on what sort of fabric your clothes are made of, but once you know how to do it, it will be an effortless task.
If you’re looking for a solution to this problem, then you’ve come to the right place.
Read on to find out how you can get nail polish out of your clothes with no problems at all.
How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Clothes
In this section, we’ll be going over two methods for getting nail polish out of your clothes.
There is one method for washable clothes and another method for delicate clothes.
As long as you follow the instructions to the letter, your clothes will be back to normal in no time.
So let’s take a look!
First, let’s start with washable clothes. Washable clothes are a lot easier to deal with than delicate or dry-clean-only clothes, so this method is going to be a lot easier for you to do.
Check out the steps below to do it yourself:
- Remove excess nail polish with a blunt tool
Before you wash your item of clothing, it's important to get rid of as much nail polish as you can.
Use a blunt tool such as a spoon to do this. Once you think you’ve gotten off as much excess nail polish as possible, move on to the next step.
- Use an acetone nail polish remover to test
Get an acetone nail polish remover and test it on a small part of the fabric.
Make sure you do this test in a place that isn’t visible when you’re wearing the garment. If the color runs, try a different nail polish remover.
- Soak the acetone and dab it
Once you have an acetone nail polish remover you are happy with, soak a cloth or pad with it and dab it onto the stained area of the fabric.
Try not to be too vigorous in your motions when you are doing this as it can damage the fabric.
- Repeat with a clean cloth
If you have completed step 3 and the stain still remains, repeat the process but this time with a dry cloth or pad.
- Leave to dry
Once the stain is gone, leave your fabric to dry completely.
If for any reason the stain is still not gone after you have completed these steps, you can try and apply a cleaning solvent or even get some professional assistance in getting the nail polish removed.
If you aren’t sure which materials are considered washable fabrics, then consult this list:
If you are dealing with delicate clothes, then you can’t use the same method you would use for washable clothes.
Certain fabrics are far more delicate and a washing machine would ruin them.
Most clothes come with a care label on them which will tell you the material of the garment.
Some examples of delicate fabrics include wool, silk, acetate, modacrylic, and rayon.
If you think your item of clothing is considered to be delicate fabric, then follow these steps to get the nail polish out:
- Use a blunt tool to get the excess nail polish out
Using the same first step as the washable clothes, simply get a blunt object like a spoon to gently scrape off any excess nail polish.
This will make getting the rest of the stain out much easier.
- Make a cleaning solution out of coconut oil and dry-cleaning solvent
For this step, you are going to want to mix one part coconut oil with eight parts dry-cleaning solvent to make a solution that will clean the stain, while also not damaging your delicate fabrics.
Apply this solution to the nail polish stain as a pre-treatment.
- Leave it on for a few minutes
You will then want to leave this pre-treatment solution on for a few minutes to give it time to activate on the stain.
- Blot with a pad or cloth
Once you have left the pre-treament solution on for a few minutes, you will then want to blot the whole area with a cloth or pad.
This will allow the nail polish to be absorbed.
- Blot until the stain has gone
Finally, just keep blotting the area until the stain is gone. Once the stain is gone, allow the fabric time to completely dry.
If for whatever reason the nail polish stain is hard to remove, you should consider getting professional assistance to avoid damaging the fabric beyond repair.
Delicate clothes are a lot harder to treat than washable clothes, so don't be discouraged if this method doesn’t work.
If you do seek out professional help, they will know how to sort out the problem for you.
Bug Spray Or Hair Spray
Another method some people use is bug spray or hair spray. It is recommended that if you try this method, do not use it on your delicate clothes.
All you need to do for this method is spray onto the area where the nail polish is and scrub the stain with a toothbrush.
Then, you will blot the stain with a cotton ball, dab it don’t spread it!
Finally, rinse the stained area with warm water and give the fabric time to dry.
Getting nail polish out of your clothes can be quite a pain, but if you follow the methods we have provided here, you should be able to get the stain out with no problems at all.
Always remember to test the methods out on a part of the fabric that doesn’t show, to make sure you don’t damage the garment beyond repair!