How to Remove Fingernail Hardener Stains

Fingernail hardeners and fingernail polish can both be difficult to get rid of, no matter what surface you spill them on. Clothes, furniture, and countertops are all susceptible to fingernail hardener stains. In this article, we’re going to explore how to remove fingernail hardener stains from a couple of different places.

How to Remove Fingernail Hardener Stains

How to Remove Fingernail Hardener Stains From Clothing

Fingernail hardeners and fingernail polish can be really annoying, especially if you are in a hurry to do your nails and get some of the hardener or polish on your clothing. Thankfully, it’s rather easy to get rid of fingernail product stains on your clothing, and you probably have most of the ingredients required around your home.

What you will need:

  • Acetone-based fingernail polish remover
  • Absorbant white towels
  • Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton swabs
  1. Put the white towel underneath the stain. Dip a cotton swab in the fingernail polish remover, applying it liberally to the swab.
  2. Work from the outside of the hardener stain with circular motions. Dab at the stained areas that you are working on with the white towel to transfer the stain to it. Keep doing this, moving the towel and the fabric as the stain starts to disappear. Eventually, the whole stain will be transferred to the towel. 
  3. In some cases, the top layer of the stain will disappear, but a lighter stain may still remain. If this is the case, take some rubbing alcohol and blot away the color. In cases where the garment that you are working with is white, it is appropriate to use hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide will then bleach the area and eliminate any of the lighter staining that may remain.
  4. Launder the clothing as usual. Make sure to check the article of clothing between washing and drying; if the stain is not gone, air dry the clothing and repeat the above process. If you put the article of clothing in the laundry while it is still stained, the stain may set and it will be more difficult to remove.

How to Remove Fingernail Hardener Stains From Furniture

Did your kids decide to have painting lessons with your fingernail hardener on your brand-new couch? Or were you trying to use fingernail hardener while you were watching your favorite show, and you spilled it on your recliner? No matter the reason for the mess, you can get rid of the stain quickly and easily.

What you will need:

  1. Take a cotton ball and put a decent amount of nail polish remover on it. Dab the affected area gently until some of the hardener starts to stick to the cotton ball. Continue until the cotton ball cannot pick up any more of the hardener.
  2. Take another cotton ball and dab the area to dry. Then take some of the rubbing alcohol and repeat the same process that you did with the nail polish remover.
  3. Take toothpaste and put it over the affected area. Allow it to sit for five to ten minutes, and then brush the area gently with a cotton ball. At this point, the stain should be eliminated. If not, allow the stain to sit for a couple of hours and then start the process again.
  4. Rinse the area thoroughly with warm water. This part is incredibly important; if you do not do this, you could end up having to deal with your furniture being a bit sticky.