How to get nail polish off of hardwood floor?

  16 answers
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 28, 2022

    Hi, you can use rubbing alcohol. Put a little on some cotton wool and gently scrub the nail polish following the grain of the wood. rubbing alcohol with the grain of the wood. Blot dry, and repeat is necessary.

  • William William on Jan 28, 2022

    Nail polish remover on a paper towel.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 28, 2022

    Acetone nail polish remover is the most obvious answer for a nail polish spill. While acetone is extremely effective for removing nail polish, it does come with some potential hazards. This powerful solvent can remove more than just nail polish from your floors. Depending on the material, acetone may remove some of the finish from your hardwood floors as well. For this reason, you should always test acetone in an inconspicuous place before you use it on your nail polish stain.

    Rubbing alcohol is a gentler alternative to acetone that may work on floors that don’t have a finish durable enough to withstand acetone. This is gentler than an acetone product but still has the potential to cause some damage to your floors if they’re delicate. Test the rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab in a corner or other inconspicuous area.

    Use a cotton swab to blot at the stain lightly, and rub with a cotton swab or cloth only where the stain is resistant to your gentle dabbing. Rubbing alcohol is a gentler alternative to acetone which will work on many nail polish stains.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 28, 2022

    It will depend on the finish of your floors and how long it has been there. I would start by trying to scrape off with a plastic scraper as to not damage the wood. If it is still there, you can try isopropyl alcohol then if that doesn't work, step up to nail polish remover. There is a high probability that you will damage the finish/sealant. You can scuff with fine steel wool, wipe with denatured alochol, and apply new with a brush. depending on the age, it may be floor polyurethane.

  • Annie Annie on Jan 28, 2022

    If you are real careful, use a one sided razer blade

  • Janice Janice on Jan 28, 2022

    Use a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball or q-tip. Try to use as little as possible to remove the polish so as to not affect the finish of your floor.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 28, 2022

    Hi Katherine: Oh boy! Well, give this a go. Mineral spirits aren’t as strong as acetone products like nail polish remover, but they do a great job of removing nail polish without damaging most wood floors. Spot test first and rub gently. There may be tiny spots you’ve missed. Grab some hairspray and spray the remaining spots. Let it sit for a minute. Wipe away the hairspray residue with a wet cloth and clean your floor with a recommended cleaner. And, always go WITH the grain of the wood, especially if you decide to use a fine grit sandpaper. And, if you do sand, you will have to reseal that area as the wood will be raw.

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  • I would start with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. If that doesn't work, I would try a non acetone nail polish remover on a wet q-tip, so it's diluted and proceed slowly.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jan 30, 2022

    Try a non-acetone nail polish remover, so hopefully it won't take off any finish on the floor. Just try it with a Q-tip first to be sure it doesn't ruin the floor finish.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 30, 2022

    Gently scrub the rubbing alcohol with the grain of the wood. Blot the mess dry to see how much of the nail polish remains, and repeat this process as needed until the mess is gone. Avoid scrubbing harshly. Also, do not pour rubbing alcohol across a large surface area of the floor

  • Grycalhoun Grycalhoun on Jan 30, 2022

    Razor blade

  • Try a little alcohol on a rag and rub gently with the grain of the wood.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 01, 2022

    Acetone the kind you buy in Lowes or HD not nail polish remover

  • Whatever you opt to use that’s a chemical, be sure to do a test in a small unseen area to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 02, 2022

    Use cotton bud dipped in nail varnish remover. cover over any loss of varnish from removal of nail polish and there you have it.

  • You can make use of rubbing alcohor or just nail polish remover for that one.