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How to Easily Remove Nail Polish Stains from Your Carpet!


Even nail polish stains are no match for our carpet cleaning tips.
You are sitting in your living room watching the Rachael Ray show with Taniya Nayak on as a special guest. You are amazed by Taniya’s suggestions as you apply the latest great nail polish color on your fingernails.

Suddenly, your energetic family dog bounces towards you, knocking you off-balance and the beautiful polish on to your SmartStrand Silk carpet! Don’t laugh; this scenario can happen to even the most skillful of nail polish appliers.

We recently received an inquiry on our Mohawk Flooring Facebook page from a loyal Mohawk fan on how to remove nail polish stains from carpet. Hey, we understand that real life can strike at any time.

Luckily, we have 3 excellent carpet care procedures for how to treat the troublesome nail polish spill. Follow these steps and keep your carpet polish-free.

1. The product we recommend for treating nail-polish stains? Goo Gone ®. America’s #1 brand in tough removals, Goo Gone® products use citrus power to defeat the toughest sticky, gummy stains without harming the carpet below. You can purchase directly from the Goo Gone website and decide which product and size you like best.

After following the cleaning procedure on the Goo Gone package, you can then perform the appropriate cleaning procedure from the following A, B and C procedures.

     PROCEDURE A (for water-based, special water based and greasy, oil-based stains)
• Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
• Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with the cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
• Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently.
• Never rub, scrub or use a brush. This may damage carpet fibers. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain. Do not over-saturate carpet; use small amounts of solution and blot frequently.
• Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
• Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
• Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
• If the stain is gone, place an absorbent white towel or paper towel over the area cleaned, and weigh towels down with a heavy colorfast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
• Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
• If stain remains, perform Procedure B (for coffee, tea or urine, skip Procedure B and perform Procedure C).

     PROCEDURE B (Do NOT use on coffee, tea or urine stains)
• Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
• Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Procedure A.
• Do not dry with paper towels. Follow Procedure C to neutralize the ammonia solution.

• Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
• Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Procedure A.

Has this nail polish fiasco ever happened to you? How did you care for the spill? Let us know how following these carpet-savings procedures worked for you!