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How to remove nail polish from clothes


That stuff sticks to your nails… and to your clothes (Picture: Getty Images)

Spilling nail polish on clothes or other soft furnishings is normally a ‘throw it in the bin and forget it ever existed’ type situation.

But it doesn’t need to be a death sentence for your garments.

The first thing to remember when cleaning clothes of any stains is that every material is different. It’s normally always worth a try getting rid of the polish, but be aware that materials like silk or wool may not like the chemicals you have to use.

If you’re cleaning something expensive or very sentimental, act with caution or see a professional cleaner in the first instance.

Always check your care label, too, to see how washing might affect the colour or strength of the fibres.

Here are some tried and tested methods for damage control and hopeful removal of the stain.

The freezing method

If you’ve heard the old wives’ tale that the best way to remove chewing gum from hair is to freeze it, then you’ll see where we’re going here.

Wiping highly-pigmented wet polish can work it into the fibres, so you want to stop the spread as quickly as possible with very little movement.

Scrape off any big ‘blobs’ with a card or piece of folded paper, then put your item in the freezer or put on top of an ice pack to harden the polish.

If you make it in time, you should be able to snap it off once it’s frozen and it’ll all come off at once. Do this with tweezers for extra precision (especially if you have a delicate fabric that could rip).

The remover method

If the freezing method hasn’t worked for you, you’ll have to take more evasive action.

Wet a cloth with nail polish remover and blot the stain, avoiding wiping.

Use acetone-free if you have it, as this should prevent the worst of the damage to the material, but be aware it could still take some dye away.

Once you think you’ve got the most of it, you could try adding a topical stain remover such as Vanish or Dr Beckmann.

Put on a cool wash with your usual detergent to give it a final clean.

Most importantly in all of this, try to stay calm and avoid scrubbing your clothes. This will only make things worse and spread the stain.

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