Fingernail polish looks best on the fingernails and nowhere else otherwise it can make your task of cleaning that much harder! Caroline Corr once said, “I wear nailpolish only to hide how grubby my nails are”. But, more than being a necessity, nowadays, nailpolish has become more of a fashion statement and that too in colours unimaginable – black, neon, yellow, green, purple and so on! An interesting statistics about nail paint - 19% of Italian women use nailpolish on a daily basis! There is a statistic even on colours, where it was found that more British women use pink nailpolish than any other nationality. All this is fun and games as long as it lasts. But, when the colour sticks to furniture, clothes and other surfaces, it is not even remotely a fun exercise to get to removing it. Removing nailpolish from the obvious and not-so-obvious surfaces is given below:
Tips On Removing Nail Polish
- Nailpolish Remover
- Cotton Swabs
- Cuticle Moisturizer
- Nail polish removers are made up of acetone (sometimes even non-acetone ones are also available) and give out a strong smell. So keep the room ventilated so that you don’t breathe in the fumes.
- With an acetone remover, the paint comes off easier but the cuticles get dried up while a non acetone remover works slowly on the nailpolish and is less damaging. There are also some gel products that can easily remove the polish stained on nails but it takes ages to completely take them out!
- Keep your cotton and towel nearby before you open the remover bottle (nail polish removers being highly volatile, evaporate quickly!).
- Press some remover onto a cotton swab and loosen the nailpolish on each nail first before clearing it out completely because it might have caked if removing after a long period of time.
- Bring the cotton over each nail individually and rub so that you see the paint disappearing! Work from the base of the nail to the tip so that maximum pressure is applied at the tips and not on the skin.
- After completely taking it off, wash your hands to remove the nailpolish stained on your skin and rub some cuticle moisturizer and apply cream to keep your hands soft.
- Amyl Acetate
- Scraper or a Rough Cloth
- Dry Cleaning Solvent
- Remove the nailpolish that has accumulated on the top. Use a scraper to scrub the stain off delicate material but you can use a brush or cloth for the harder ones.
- Take amyl acetate in a small quantity and pour over the nailpolish stain only. Be careful or this solution might damage some other fibres if used in excess.
- Let it soak into the stain for about 15min and keep blotting the area with a tissue. As you wait, keep scraping the area too.
- Finally, pour some dry cleaning liquid and allow the carpet to dry thoroughly.
- Dry Cleaning Solvent
- Start by scraping the excess with your nails. Remember that this method is used for cotton, nylon, linen, rope, polyester or spandex only.
- Before actually pouring acetone on your clothes, do a patch test to see if there is any change in colour. (Sometimes there might be reactions!)
- If you see no reaction, pour some acetone onto the cotton and rub on the area of the stain.
- Change the cotton when it absorbs no more. Flush well with dry cleaning solvent.
- Dry thoroughly.
Stains may or may not come out; depending upon the nature of the surface you are dealing with. So, best is to prevent staining.