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How to Remove Nail Polish From a Leather Couch

Updated February 21, 2017

Nail polish, an oil-based liquid used to decorate and add colour to fingernails, is easy to remove from fingernails with polish remover. When it comes to leather, however, using fingernail polish can be your worst nightmare. Try using ...

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  1. Perform a spot test using non-acetone fingernail polish remover on an inconspicuous area of the leather couch. Add a drop or two, then wait 10 minutes. If there is no ill effect or discolouration, proceed to the next step. If the leather is discoloured, go to the next method.

  2. Dip the toothbrush into the non-acetone fingernail polish remover.

  3. Scrub the leather with the toothbrush.

  4. Rinse with a small amount of warm water and dab with paper towels.

  5. Squirt a small amount of shaving cream onto the fingernail polish.

  6. Rub it in with your fingers for two minutes.

  7. Remove the shaving cream with warm water.

  8. Repeat as necessary and dry with paper towels.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shaving cream
  • Non-acetone fingernail polish remover
  • Old, soft toothbrush
  • Paper towels

About the Author

Sarah Coennen
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