How to Get Shellac Out of Carpet?

Shellac is a resin available in flakes.
The resin is used as a topcoat on paint or stain after it is mixed with solvents. If you spill the shellac flakes on your carpet, cleanup is as simple as running the vacuum cleaner until all the flakes are removed. Unfortunately, if you have already mixed the flakes with a solvent, the shellac is much more difficult to remove. It's ideal to clean the stain as soon as it happens, but even if you're unable to make an immediate attempt you can still get the shellac out of your carpet.

Step 1

Scrape the edges of the shellac with the back of a butter knife. Work as much out of the carpet fiber as you can. If the stain is still wet, apply paper towels and gently blot as much up as possible. Try not to press down on the paper towels, as that can drive shellac farther into the carpet.

Step 2

Apply nonacetone nail polish remover to a cloth or towel. Dab the nonacetone nail polish remover along the edges of the stain, gradually working toward the center of the it. Continue to apply nail polish remover until the stained area is covered.

Step 3

Allow the nonacetone nail polish remover to sit on the stain and work for at least five minutes.

Step 4

Blot the shellac stain with a cloth or towel. Continue blotting until the towel comes away clean.

Step 5

Rinse the area with club soda or plain water. The bubbles in club soda help to release stains and to remove cleaning solvents from the carpet fibers.

Step 6

Blot the area with dry towels until the carpet is as dry as possible. Vacuum the area to fluff the carpet fibers and to remove any dried shellac that fell to the base of the carpet.

Things You Will Need

  • Butter knife
  • Paper towels
  • Nonacetone nail polish remover
  • Cloths or towels
  • Club soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

About the Author

Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.