Sandra asked: Is there a way to clean nail polish off a wall without ruining the paint? I have tried 409, bleach, magic erasers and nail polish remover. None of them have worked!
Nail polish on a wall is essentially paint on top of paint. It is difficult to remove because you’re trying to remove just one layer of the paint. It can be removed, but will take some time and scrubbing. Surprisingly, nail polish remover is not the answer in this case. It will only make the problem worse by smudging the polish and removing the paint. Here’s what to do.
You Will Need:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soft cloths
- Scrubbing sponges
Steps to Remove the Nail Polish:
- Begin by moistening the rough, scrubby side of the sponge with rubbing alcohol.
- Scrub the nail polish. Be careful not to scrub the paint around it too much.
- Apply more rubbing alcohol as needed.
- Continue scrubbing until all of the nail polish is removed.
- When the area is free of nail polish, it can be washed to remove any residue.
- Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of soap.
- Moisten a soft cloth with the soapy water.
- Wipe down the area.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers can remove all kinds of stains from many surfaces without causing any damage or removing the paint. Simply moisten the sponge and rub it over the area. Nail polish tends to apply thickly though, so it may take a while to get through it.
- If the nail polish cannot be removed, the area can always be painted over to hide the accident.
- Acetone can also be used, although it is the same ingredient used in nail polish remover, to wipe away nail polish without removing the paint. Others have also recommended turpentine. We recommend you test both of these on a hidden area first to ensure that it does not damage the painted surface.