How to Get Nail Polish Out of a Mattress

What better place in the house is there to paint your nails than the bedroom, and the most comfortable place is to sit on the bed. You can reach your toes and paint away while sitting in comfort.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and they happen in the places you would prefer them not to happen.

Spilling nail varnish on the mattress is more common than you may realise. However, it is a comfortable place to sit and relax, so we should not be surprised.

The removal of spilt nail polish brings a whole different level of challenges when removing a spill. It’s not water-soluble, so it’s pointless hitting it with water. In fact, water will only make the problem worse and is likely to spread the problem to a broader area.

Expediency will factor in if we can remove this nail polish stain successfully, so let’s get at it.

Removing Nail Polish From a Mattress

Unlike other stains, water is not going to help and essentially is useless. The best approach to this spill is to attack the area with acetone, careful not to spread the problem. A combination of diluting the nail polish and absorbing the residue is called for.

It’s not an easy task.

Assuming you have copious amounts of acetone on hand will be the best place to start. Soak a cotton ball with acetone and start dabbing the area to break down the nail polish.

A smaller area can be done quickly, but dilution and mopping need to be brisk if the area is covered significantly. 

Like with most problems, panic will not help, so keep in mind that you are diluting the nail polish and not scrubbing, making the problem a more significant issue.

Other useful things to have at hand would be a credit card, expired preferably, or something stiff to scrape off the surface layer of the nail polish.

Rubbing alcohol the same as you would sanitise your hands with. Rubbing alcohol is not as strong as acetone and may be a better choice when the bulk of the nail polish has been removed.

Absorbent Cloth or Kitchen Towel

The process is just a case of repetition and slowly but surely removing the nail polish. Once you have gotten to the stage where most of the nail polish has been removed, you can now change over to a detergent. 

Dishwashing detergent will be better than laundry detergent. The dishwasher detergent can be brushed in with an old toothbrush or light bristle brush. Repeat the applications as many times as needed to remove the stain.

Final Thoughts

Prevention is always better than the cure, so try to avoid a situation where nail polish can be spilt on a mattress.

Removing 100% of the nail polish is a tall order but, if you have been quick and not given the nail polish time to soak in, there is every chance you can remove 100%.