How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of Microfiber

Microfiber was first developed in Japan in the 1970s, but was not used in mass production until the late 1980s. Microfiber’s most well known use is as a covering for couches, but it is also used to produce towels and clothing. For the most part, microfiber is very stain resistant, but there are still some liquids that will cause your microfiber sofa to stain, including nail polish. If you accidentally tipped your bottle of nail polish over on your microfiber couch, it is possible to remove this stain without having to hire a professional.

Remove the Stain

Step 1

Remove any excess nail polish that is still found on the couch with paper towel.

Step 2

Make a paste with a cup of baking soda and one or two ounces of water, or enough to make the baking soda into a paste.

Step 3

Place the paste directly onto the stain and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the paste with a dry cloth. If necessary, use a small amount of water to remove the paste, but quickly dry any water that remains with a hairdryer.

Step 5

Repeat until the stain is removed.

Clean the Microfiber

Step 1

Run a vacuum cleaner hose attachment over the area that you just cleaned to remove any debris that may be found on the material.

Step 2

Pour 1/2 cup of powder laundry detergent onto the previously stained area.

Step 3

Work the detergent into the fabric with a soft bristled brush.

Step 4

Vacuum up all the detergent from the microfiber garment or sofa.


  • Do not use acetone fingernail polish remover on the microfiber because it can cause permanent damage the material

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.