Nail Polish​​
What You Need:
  • Acetone-based nail polish remover or acetone, cotton balls 

*When more than one product is named, use the product that is named first; if this is unsuccessful, rinse and proceed to the next product.​​

To Clean:

  • ​​Place stained area face down onto white paper towels. Saturate area from back with nail polish remover and allow it to absorb into paper towels. Repeat, moving to a clean area of paper towel. Rinse. Do NOT use acetone or nail polish remover on acetate or triacetate fabric.

 
To attack a stain on fabric, you must know something about it. Be a detective and ask the following:

  • ​What is the material (e.g. cotton, cotton blend, polyester, acrylic, rayon, silk, wool)?
  • Is there a care label and what does it say? If it says to dry-clean the garment, that should be your first choice of treatment. Fabric or construction details can be damaged by washing a dry-clean-only fabric.
  • What is the stain or, judging by its position on the garment, what is it most likely to be?
  • How old is the stain? Stain removal is much more successful if the stain is fresh.

Tips to help you do stain removal on washable fabrics:
  • Have a few basic stain removal products in your home. We recommend:
    • ​​Sunlight Pure Soap, a bar that is great for laundry and other uses
    • Mechanic’s waterless hand cleaner 
    • Spray oxy laundry pre-treater
    • Powdered oxy cleaner.
  • For small stains, work in suggested product using cotton-tipped swabs. For larger amounts, use cotton balls.
  • Always test on an inconspicuous area of garment before applying to the stain.  
  • Follow instructions on stain removal product and care label on garment.
  • Use warmest temperature of water that is recommended on the care label.
  • Protect your working surface and/or put a pad of cloth behind stain before starting. 
  • For delicate fabrics, avoid rubbing vigorously as this could damage the fabric.  
  • Products with enzymes cannot be used on wool or silk.
  • Acetone or acetone-containing products cannot be used on acetate or triacetate. 
  • It may be necessary to repeat the procedures as some stains are difficult to remove. 
  • Thoroughly wash out all products used.
  • Be sure that the stain is completely removed before washing. Let the treated area air dry to determine if the stain has been completely removed after pre-treating.  If it has been removed, wash and dry as usual.

When more than one product is named, use the product that is named first; if this is unsuccessful, rinse and proceed to the next product.
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Last updated on July 26, 2017