How to Remove Dried Nail Polish From Washable Fabric

When nail polish drips or splatters onto washable fabrics, it can quickly adhere to the fabric.
Nail polish is available in a wide array of colors.Nail polish is available in a wide array of colors.
To prevent the nail polish from becoming a permanent stain, deal with the polish while it's still wet by rinsing it with cold, running water. Once the polish dries, the chance of the stain being permanent increases and removing the dried polish becomes a more difficult. Use a common ingredient found in nail polish removers.

Step 1

Place a stack of paper towels on a level surface. Turn the washable fabric inside out and lay the stain on the paper towels. Keep the nail polish facing down.

Step 2

Dampen a cotton ball with acetone. Dab the back of the dried nail polish stain with the cotton ball. Replace the soiled cotton ball with a clean one when it becomes dirty.

Step 3

Blot the dried polish for several seconds. Hold the fabric under cold running water to rinse off the acetone.

Step 4

Repeat Steps 1, 2 and 3 until you remove the dried nail polish. Rub a prewash stain treatment into the fabric's fibers and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Launder the washable fabric as you normally would.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Cotton balls
  • Acetone
  • Prewash stain treatment

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.