Polish and Pearls

How to Remove Fingernail Polish From Clothes

If you have small girls at your home, you will know that a good way to make them feel excited and special is having a mother and daughter pampering day.

You do not have to head off to a salon or spa for this quality time. You may do manicures at your home. But, a common problem of doing manicures at home is stains.

As most parents know, getting children to sit still may be challenging and when they are racing round with fingernails covered in wet polish, stains may happen.

Bright nail polish stains on white shirts may look like something from your nightmares when doing laundry. However, you can be assured that it may be easy to get rid of nail polish from your clothes.

Clothing with Natural Fibers

Check your clothing’s care labels. If it is a natural fiber like linen or cotton, getting rid of nail polish stains is not that complicated.

Place the ice pack on the stains to harden. Dealing with wet nail polish would just encourage smudging and more staining.

Then, peel off any big flakes of the dried nail polish. If they are removed easily, do not tug or pull at your clothing. You may use tweezers to pick up flakes gently.

Soak the microfiber cloth in acetone-based nail polish removers and test on the hidden of the garments. Check if the solution doesn’t discolor the fabric. Always consider reading the care label.

The next thing you should do is to dab the stain’s back using acetone-soaked cloth until the stain’s color has faded. Do not wipe or scrub as you might damage the fabric.

Wash the cloth using regular detergent if you want to remove by hand the residues left by nail polish or remover.

Just keep in mind to follow the instructions provided on the label of the detergent.

Clothing with Synthetic Fabrics

If your garment’s care label suggests you are working with a synthetic fabric like a polyester or nylon, you may follow the same steps above.

Getting rid of the nail varnish from the clothes made from such synthetic fibers can be straightforward.

Clothing with Delicate Synthetics

You’ll have to pay attention if you want to get rid of nail polish from the clothes containing acetate. Luckily, it isn’t a common fiber.

Usually, it is found in wedding dresses and fancy dresses as it drapes well and very luxurious.

If your cloth contains acetate, remember that normal acetone-based nail polish remover may dissolve synthetic fibers.

The good thing is that getting rid of polish stains is not impossible. You may follow the steps mentioned above using non-acetone polish remover or you may spray alcohol-based hairspray to the stain and massage the nail polish gently with old toothbrush to eliminate discoloration as possible before washing with your chosen detergent.

Nevertheless, when it comes to delicate fabrics, it is good to consult dry cleaning professionals before you attempt to remove the stains on the clothes.