Soak the affected area in rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes. Allow the rubbing alcohol to soak for 5 minutes on any residual nail polish on the floor. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, you may use hairspray. On wood flooring, never use nail polish remover. It's toxic and will damage your carpet as well.
First, avoid using nail polish remover. It has the potential to damage the polish of hardwood floors and wooden furniture. Use rubbing or denatured alcohol instead of nail polish remover. You may also require some fine steel wool to remove all of the nail paint, depending on the type of wood, its finish, and other considerations.
If you must use nail polish remover: 1. First, wash your hands with soap and water. This will help prevent you from removing nail polish from your own fingers! 2. Mix equal parts acetone and nail polish remover in a small bowl. You can also use this mixture as a cleaning solution for metal or glass. 3. Swish the brush around in the bottle until all of the polish is removed from it. Be careful not to let any of the liquid touch your skin. 4. Dip the brush into the acetone/polish remover mixture and then wipe it against a towel to remove any excess polish remover. 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until no more polish comes off in the mixture.
6. If necessary, repeat steps 1 through 5 for several different colors. Acetone removes most finishes including urethane, polyurea, and acrylic, so be sure to test a small area first if you are not sure what type of finish your furniture has.
7. When you're done, put the wood back together again!
Taking off the nail polish If that fails, try mineral spirits. If you're still having trouble, try nail polish remover or acetone. To prevent putting solvent on the floor finish, dab carefully and wipe as soon as the polish softens.
Mineral spirits are a very dangerous product to have around the house unless you know what you are doing. They can burn through many types of material including cloth, wood, and even metal. Wear protective clothing when working with this product. A lot of people think they can remove nail polish from their floor with some water and an old toothbrush but this technique is not recommended because any particles that come up with the polish will also go into your carpeting. Instead, use one of the techniques listed below.
Nail polish remover contains chemicals that will dissolve most materials found in carpets. Therefore, if you decide to remove the polish with this method, be sure to test a small area first for color change. If the spot changes color then you've released chemical substances into the room. This means that your entire floor may need to be replaced if it's not visible damage already.
Acetone is a clear, flammable liquid that can clean paint off walls and furniture. It can also remove nail polish if you leave it on the floor too long. However, it's highly toxic if ingested so don't drink it!
Dab the nail polish with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Using a clean swab and additional rubbing alcohol, remove the majority of the polish. Wipe down the area with a soapy towel. Use a magic eraser in gently circular strokes to remove any leftover spots. Let dry.
If the polish has solidified, try wiping it with rubbing alcohol using a cotton swab to soften it. If that fails, try mineral spirits. Don't wait until it's completely dry or else you'll be redoing this task again!
Nail polish can also harden after it has been on the floor for a while. If this happens, try spraying it with spray adhesive (not paint sprayer) to soften it up again before trying to remove it.
Finally, if none of these work, call a professional carpet cleaner.
For tough stains, try steel wool. If you use 0000-grade fine stainless-steel wool, it should be soft enough to remove nail paint without causing any damage to the wood. Just be sure to scrape softly and in the same direction as the wood grain. Remove the nail polish off your floor. You'll need a cleaner for this job.
If you want to reuse the polish bottles, they can be cleaned with acetone or nail polish remover and then re-filled with new color. Let them dry out completely before putting them back on the shelf in your closet.
The stain will come off with soap and water, but the wood will still be gray instead of its original color. To bring back its natural color, you'll need a wood filler and a brush. Mix some wood filler with a little bit of water until it's the consistency of thick toothpaste. Then sweep it into the holes where the nails used to be and let it dry overnight. The next day, go over it with a finer brush or sandpaper if needed, then coat it with polyurethane glue or paint for extra protection against future staining.