How you can take away a nail polish stain?


During a manicure or pedicure, an accident happens very quickly, especially if you are in a hurry or lack skill. It only takes one extra drop on the brush, and his pants or the tiles are ruined! At least that’s what we think we are thinking at the time! Indeed, if you do not yet know how to clean this type of stain and how to remove the slightest stain of varnish, there are solutions. In this article, Grand-Mère gives you her simple and wise advice for a successful step-by-step cleaning of a nail polish stain on clothing, on wooden furniture, on the floor, etc. Stubborn varnish splashes will quickly be forgotten!

To know before anything else …

Before using any product, you must use an old cloth or paper towel to absorb as much varnish as possible. This will limit the extent of the stain and the difficulty of cleaning. On a floor, whether it’s laminate, linoleum, parquet or tile, you can use white sugar to sprinkle on the stain to absorb it. When processing, also prefer always dab the stain instead of rubbing it to avoid spreading it too much. The smaller it is, the easier it will be to make it disappear.

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How to remove a stain of varnish from clothing, carpet or fabric?

Ammonia and Sommières earth against a varnish stain

Ammonia is not the most natural and gentle product. It is therefore used with caution, in a ventilated room or by protecting the hands and nose with gloves and a scarf or mask, respectively. Dilute this cleaning product then dab it on the stained area. Then sprinkle with Sommières earth and leave to act before brushing with a soft brush. This will absorb the rest of the stain.

The stain does not go away with this trick? Take out the iron!

Dirt resist you? Heat your iron to a medium temperature. Then apply a clean cloth to the dirt and activate the steam above the cloth (about 5 cm). This will loosen the rest of the stain that will settle on the absorbent paper.

Acetone, a classic against varnish stains

Acetone is the product most often used to remove varnish stains. It is also possible to use it on most textile fibers (cotton, silk, wool fabrics, etc.). However, it is to avoid on clothes containing acetate. This could indeed burn them! So, take a look at the label before proceeding. How to do ? Apply a paper towel to the stain, then dab the area to be treated with a cotton ball. This will make it possible to soften the trace of varnish which will then be transferred to the absorbent paper. Repeat several times if necessary before going in the washing machine.

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How to treat a varnish stain on the different surfaces of the house?

Against a stain of varnish on wood

When you put your varnish on a table or touch a piece of furniture or the wooden floor when the varnish is not yet dry, stains can quickly appear. On raw wood, you can simply rub the dry stain gently with a piece of sandpaper. On the other hand, it will not be suitable on waxed wood on which it will leave traces. In this case, you should instead use a cloth soaked in 70 ° alcohol. Following this, use a product for the maintenance of waxed wood. This will restore its shine. Finally, in the case of painted wood, use a cloth covered with acetone instead.

If the mark is on plastic or glass

Whether the stain is fresh or dry, you can use a cloth impregnated with acetone.

In case of nail polish stain on the floor

Here, the cleaning technique will depend on the type of floor. On tile or terracotta, it is better to let the stain dry before applying White Spirit. As to with sisal or carpet, instead, acetone rubbed copiously on the surface to be treated will be used. Then use a small damp sponge to rinse and let dry. Finally, in the case of cement, sprinkle a generous dose of talc or Sommières powder and leave to act for 4 to 5 hours before vacuuming or brushing. If that is not enough, use hydrochloric acid.

What about the stains on the enamel of the sink?

Use here a cloth impregnated with amyl acetate, a detergent that looks like White Spirit.

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