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How to Get Nail Polish Off of a Closet Door

Nail polish is designed to be resilient and dry quickly into a solid mass. This makes it appropriate for nails but extremely difficult to remove if it dries on any other surface. However, you can get nail polish off of hard surfaces, such as closet doors, if you take the time to work gently at it.

Nail polish spills leave a bright mess.

Step 1

Slide a plastic putty knife around the edge of the stain, and scrape it off. The plastic knife should not gouge the closet door, and be careful not to scratch or damage it.

Step 2

Lay a hot, damp cloth over the stain to loosen any remaining nail polish. Hold it in place for at least 10 seconds, and then scrape it with the plastic putty knife some more. Continue heating the cloth and warming the nail polish until most of it has been removed.

Step 3

Rub 0000-grade fine-steel wool on the stain to remove any lingering nail polish. Only use this process if you have enough remaining nail polish to be visually unappealing. The steel wool may remove a bit of the finish, depending on what the closet door is made from.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic putty knife
  • Cloth
  • Fine-steel wool

Tip

  • Use a touch-up product to cover any marks made on the door during the cleaning process.

About the Author

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.

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