How To Remove Nail Polish From Sofa Fabric? 2 Ways

There are two ways to learn how to remove nail polish from sofa fabric. This guide will discuss the best methods to remove nail polish on your fabric couch or even fabric sofa cover. You can also find some tips about other materials such as suede and leather. 

If you often encounter watermarks on your fabric sofa after cleaning, please read this tutorial to remove water stains from fabric sofas. Now that you’re all set from removal to after-care, let’s discuss the dos and don’ts of nail polish removal. 

How To Remove Nail Polish From Sofa Fabric


2 Best Solutions For Removing Nail Polish From Sofa Fabric

Please test an inconspicuous spot before using nail polish remover, vinegar, or other products on your sofa fabric. Wait for the product to sit for several minutes and check for any fabric reaction, such as fading. It would also be best that you read the cleaning tag of your material as some may indicate the recommended practices. 


Using nail polish remover

The most obvious remedy for removing nail polish on sofa fabric is with a nail polish remover. Nail polish removers usually have acetone, which is also effective for removing super glue from the fabric sofa. For nail polish, you can apply a bit of nail polish remover on a cotton swab and blot the stain from the fabric.

However, remember to use another damp sponge with warm water to remove the nail polish remover residue on the sofa fabric to prevent staining. After you dab the stain and the polish is gone, do not let the nail polish remover sit on the material for too long, primarily if it uses acetone


Using vinegar solution

If using solvents like acetone nail polish removers is too risky for your sofa fabric material, make a solution with white vinegar instead. White vinegar is an effective stain and residue remover on fabrics that it can even eliminate slime from the fabric sofa. You can also use it for nail polish by spraying on the nail polish stains. 

Then, blot the affected areas with a cloth dampened with warm water. Repeat dabbing until you remove the residue and dry the sofa thoroughly. You can also use this opportunity to steam clean the fabric sofa as part of maintenance. 


How Do You Get Dried Nail Polish Out Of Fabric?

If the nail polish has dried on the fabric, you will need a slightly different approach. A nail polish remover is still effective, but always test the fabric to be sure. You can also opt for acetone-free nail polish removers if your material is incompatible with solvents. 

  1. Chill the nail polish stained fabric with ice cubes to make it easier to lift some of the polish
  2. Use a pair of tweezers to remove as much nail polish as possible, careful not to damage the fabric
  3. Dip a cloth in nail polish remover and dab it onto the stain 
  4. Once you removed the nail polish, eliminate the nail polish remover by cleaning the material as usual
  5. You can wash it as you usually would and then dry it thoroughly

Can You Use a Nail Polish Remover On Fabric?

It should be safe to use a nail polish remover on fabric, especially when removing nail polish stains. However, please check the product’s composition to ensure that it has no conditioners that can leave more stains on the fabric because of the oils. Additionally, some nail polish removers have dyes, which will discolor your material. 

Another tip to safely use nail polish on fabric is checking the care label and the material type itself. Avoid using nail polish remover on acetate, triacetate, modacrylic fabrics, or dry-clean only materials. They are too delicate and at risk of dissolving themselves. 


How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Couch Suede

Suede is unique compared to other fabrics, so removing nail polish stains on it should be done carefully. Additionally, check the type of suede you have because there are microfiber and leather suede. For the former, read this guide on how to clean a microfiber sofa for more tips.

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on the nail polish stain and let it sit for several minutes
  2. Scrub the baking soda onto the fabric with a toothbrush using a gentle and circular motion from the outside to the center
  3. Vacuum the powder off and apply some rubbing alcohol if the stain persists
  4. Use a cotton ball to blot the solvent onto the suede and let it air dry
  5. Restore the suede’s texture by brushing with a suede toothbrush

Can You Use A Nail Polish Remover On Leather Couch?

It’s best to avoid using a nail polish remover on leather because it can be too drying for the material. You risk fading, discoloration, or even cracking. The most suitable method to clean stains off a leather couch is baking soda or the proper leather-formulated cleaner. 

Dab the stains with a solution of water and soap and then dry the sofa thoroughly. For maintenance, don’t forget to condition and moisturize your leather couch. You can also cover the leather sofa with fabric to protect it from stains in the future. 



If you stained the fabric couch with nail polish, address it immediately. We have talked about how to remove nail polish from sofa fabric using nail polish or vinegar. The emphasis is necessary on testing the solution on the material to avoid stains. 

Then, you can proceed to dab the stains off and remove the residue with a damp cloth. We also recommend learning how to Scotchgard a sofa for furniture protection. 


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