Tip-a-licious Thursday

Yesterday my 2-year-old daughter wanted her toe nails polished. Well...there is nothing wrong with that, right? UNLESS she attempts to do it herself and spills polish on the carpet. Oh no!!! The image below is of the spots after I attempted to blot some of it with a paper towel and windex (a tip I found on the internet). Prior to my cleaning attempts, the spots were as dark as the polish on my fingers.
I had no clue what other methods I should try, so I asked for help from our Facebook buddies.
Here are some of the tips they offered me:

  • non acetone remover asap then soap and water 2 cut the chemical process
  • used hair spray and rubbing alcohol. Spray the spot with hair spray, a couple drops of alcohol and blot until it's gone.
  • Try soaking it with Vodka then dabbing the vodka up
So what did I try?
After blotting as much of the polish as I could, I then applied a little nail polish remover in a circular motion with a paper towel. It is recommended that you use non-acetone nail polish remover on your carpet because it is less harsh. However, I only had acetone nail polish remover, so that is what I used. Once you have applied the nail polish remover, then you need to lightly blot the stain. DO NOT RUB! As you pull up color, remember to switch to a new section of the rag or paper towel you are using until you no longer see color. (Note: Always test in a inconspicuous part of your carpet first)

The next method I used was hairspray and rubbing alcohol. I simply sprayed the area with a little hairspray, a few drops of rubbing alcohol, then blotted. I'm not exactly sure how this works but it did manage to pull up some more of the nail polish from the carpet.

This is what I was left with:


Looks pretty good! I think my next step is to buy a fabric marker and color over the area. If you ever find yourself in the same predicament, try the frugal methods listed above.

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