A couple weeks ago Karli and I were busy working on our How We Do stuff at her house when I received these pictures in a text message from my husband.
I had just purchased six new nail polish colors days earlier. They were still in the Target bag stashed in the bottom of a small garbage can I had also purchased at Target and sitting in my home office. Lux knows she’s not supposed to be in my office and I always keep the door closed, but she’s also only two years old. She didn’t know about the nail polish and was obviously just snooping around. And of course she had to choose the bright pink color! (Also, notice the black marker drawings on the rug from weeks earlier that I hadn’t gotten out yet.)
When I saw the text I couldn’t help but laugh, although I was really hoping I would be able to get the polish out of the carpet and my cute rug. By the time I got home, Chad had already taken matters into his own hands and had trimmed the carpet with scissors. Luckily our carpet is a little longer style and the polish had not seeped down too deep. So the carpet ended up being fine. But Chad figured the rug was just ruined. There was quite a bit of nail polish on it and it had had time to seep down into the rug and dry.
I had heard of people getting nail polish out of carpet before, so I did some research on Pinterest, along with a little bit of trial and error. First I tried using non-acetone nail polish remover on my rug and nothing happened. I also tried some nail polish remover that contained some acetone. It helped, but it didn’t seem to be completely removing the paint. So I tried straight acetone and was amazed at the results! (Notice the progress on this pic over halfway through the removal process; I was pretty excited about this! The marker is coming off too!)
This is what I did to remove the nail polish. (Keep in mind, acetone is a very strong chemical, so you might want to do a small test area first.) Apply acetone either directly to the item or onto a rag. If you apply the acetone directly it will quickly seep into the carpet or rug, so I would suggest putting the acetone on your rag first if you’re dealing with carpet. If it’s a rug, place an old towel or something underneath it to catch the excess liquid. Firmly blot the nail polish stain with a rag for a several seconds. When you lift the rag you will see the top layer of paint has settled onto the rag. Repeat as many times as needed, blotting the rug/carpet with a new area of the rag each time. Do not scrub at it; you don’t want to spread the paint. The more saturated the carpet or rug, the longer it will take to remove the paint. You might also want to clean the carpet or rug once you’ve removed the paint stains to help get rid of the strong acetone odor.
My rug is as good as new, and I learned a new trick along the way! Silver linings! I have caught Lux with nail polish one time since this day, but luckily I found her before she had a chance to open the bottle. I’m sure it won’t be the last time! You can also watch as I remove the last of the polish from the rug on a LIVE video over on our Facebook page.🙂