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I’m a cleaning expert – how to remove nail polish from wooden furniture and floors WITHOUT damaging them

Buffing your nails can be a tricky task, especially when it comes to painting with your non-dominant hand.

Your hand may be shaking or the brush may be dripping and before you know it there will be stains on your floor or furniture.

Nail polish stains on wooden furniture or floors should not be removed with nail polish remover as this can damage the surface

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Nail polish stains on wooden furniture or floors should not be removed with nail polish remover as this can damage the surfacePhoto credit: YouTube/eHow

Well, there’s no point crying over spilled nail polish because the experts at The Maids have the solution.

You might notice a dried splatter on your coffee table or accidentally drop your brush on the floor and think, “I’m just going to use nail polish remover.”

Contrary to the name, nail polish remover should not be used to remove nail polish from wooden surfaces.

Instead, experts recommend using rubbing alcohol to remove nail polish stains around your home.

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When the stain is fresh, use a cotton swab to soak up the excess polish and make small sweeping motions along the grain.

When you’ve removed as much of the polish as possible with your swab, place a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth.

Gently rub the stain in the direction of the grain, being careful not to damage the wood.

You can use ultra-fine steel wool (0000 grit) to buff out the rest of the stain.

If you damage the wood while cleaning, The Maids experts recommend sanding down the stained area.

If the stain is on a hardwood floor, you may need to take a different approach when tackling it.

If the stain is still wet, put some sugar on the damaged area and wait for it to solidify and harden.

Brush off the dried residue with a soft brush and if the stain is still there, use the rubbing alcohol method.

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Change your clean cloth as needed until the stain is gone.

If the stain on your hardwood floor is dry, you may need something stronger than rubbing alcohol.

The Maids recommends using mineral spirits after doing a spot test first.

If you missed a little splatter of nail polish while cleaning, grab some hairspray and spritz those spots.

Leave the hairspray on for a minute before wiping with a damp cloth and cleaning with a wood floor cleaner.

If the stain is significant or worsens during the cleaning process, The Maids experts recommend going to a professional to resolve the issue.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5602586/remove-nail-polish-wooden-furniture-floors/ I’m a cleaning expert – how to remove nail polish from wooden furniture and floors WITHOUT damaging them

Jessica MacLeish

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