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How do I remove nail polish from clothes?

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Question: How do I remove nail polish from clothes?

Here's how to remove nail polish from clothes:


First, read the fabric content label of your garment. If your clothing has a fiber content of acetate, triacetate or modacrylic, take your garment to a professional dry-cleaner. No home cleaning method is safe for these fabrics. Fingernail polish remover (acetone) will dissolve the fabric!

For other washable fabrics, use acetone-based fingernail polish remover and absorbent white towels. Place a white towel under the stain. Dip a white cloth or cotton swab in the acetone. Working from the outside of the polish stain toward the inside, keep dabbing as the stain transfers from your garment to the white towel. Keep moving to a clean area of the towel. Keep working until all traces of the polish are gone.

If color still remains, try using rubbing alcohol. Dab on with a cotton swab and blot away the color. If the garment is white, use hydrogen peroxide to gently bleach away the color.

Then launder as usual.

If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

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