How Do I Get Nail Polish Out of My Carpet?

Doing at-home manicures and pedicures is all fun and relaxation until a bottle of polish gets knocked over. Inevitably, it always seems to be a dark or bold color that spills too! Rather you’re dealing with a whole bottle spill or just a few drops, seeing nail polish on your carpet is stressful.

Assess the Damage

Before your panic and start scrubbing your carpet, take a deep breath and grab some paper towels. Gently blot the area to soak up the polish on the surface of the carpet. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing motions because this can spread the polish to an even larger area. If you find polish after it’s already dried on the carpet, use a butter knife to flake away as much of the top layer as possible. 

Cleaning Options 

Once the top layer of polish is taken care of, it’s time to take care of your carpet. There are a variety of cleaning options you can use depending on what you’ve got on hand at the time. If one method doesn’t work, move on to the next.


cover the affected area with plain white vinegar. Then, get a paper towel wet with vinegar and lay it on top of the area. Let it sit for about 10 minutes before you start scrubbing. Use gentle motions as you scrub the area to avoid damaging your carpet or spreading the stain. 

Baking soda & Ginger ale

If you don’t have vinegar on hand, use baking soda to cover the affected area. Once you’ve covered the stain, wet the baking soda with ginger ale and allow the combination to soak for 10 minutes. It might feel weird to pour soda on your carpet but trust the process! After 10 minutes, gently scrub and blot until the stain is gone. 

Nail polish remover

your first instinct might be to grab nail polish remover but be careful using this method. Only use dye-free, non-acetone nail polish remover. Dark carpets can become discolored from nail polish remover. Test a small, hidden area of your carpet before pouring nail polish remover to determine how it will alter the appearance of your carpet. 


If you discover a nail polish stain after it has dried, grab some hairspray! Get the area wet with cold water and then spray liberally with hair spray. Add a splash of rubbing alcohol and start scrubbing! You may have to add more cold water as you clean to keep the carpet moist. 

Contact Roy’s Carpet Cleaning

If you have a nail polish stain that really won’t budge or you’re worried about potentially damaging your carpet with DIY methods, it’s time to call a professional. Roy’s Carpet Cleaning offers high-quality carpet cleaning services so you can enjoy stain-free carpets without the stress of doing it yourself! Give us a call today at 617-607-3399 or fill out a contact form.