How to Remove Spilled Nail Polish from Floor Tiles, Grout, Marble & Wood

Spilled nail polish on the floor can be a nightmare, especially when not dealt with in time.
The best you can do is to catch the spill as soon as you notice it. If you remove it in time, you won’t have to dwell on the dried up stubborn stains later.
The most common nail polish remover is acetone. If acetone is too harsh on your floor, you can use rubbing alcohol, sugar or mineral spirits.
Following are the steps to away with the polish on tile, marble and wood floors.


The moment you realize that the tiles are stained with nail polish, undertake the following simple procedure to deal with the mess:

  • Remove the excess as soon as possible.
  • With a cloth dipped in acetone, dab at the remaining stain until no more is picked up.
  • Wash the area using a soft-bristled brush with a solution of washing soda or detergent and water.
  • Rinse with clear water and allow to dry
Get Nail Polish off tiles grout
Tile and grout

Marble Floor

In the event that nail polish lands on a marble floor, follow these steps to remove nail polish stains from the marble:

  • Wipe up the excess immediately.
  • Wipe the area with a cloth dampened with acetone.
  • Rinse with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
  • If any stain remains, make a poultice of water, 3% hydrogen peroxide, and a mild powder detergent.
  • Apply the poultice to the stain and cover with a damp cloth.
  • When the stain has been bleached out, rinse thoroughly and dry.
get rid of spilled nail polish on marble floor
Nail Lacquer on Marble Floor

Hardwood Floors

When it comes to wood floors, what you will use to remove the polish depend on the type of finishing on the hardwood.

The majority of the flooring hardwoods are finished with polyurethane. This type can only stand small amounts of acetone implying that alternatives like rubbing alcohol are better.
Just like in the types of floors, remove excess polish while it is still wet.
Acetone Alternatives

Rubbing Alcohol

This is the number one acetone substitute.It is known to be more gentler especially for floors that don’t have a finish durable enough to withstand acetone.
But you still be cautious because it still has the potential to mess your floor…well, that is if your floor is not the usual type.

Do remember to test the rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab in a corner or other inconspicuous area.
If the works fine follow the acetone instructions above to clean the stains out.

Mineral Spirits

Mineral spirits aren’t quite as hard on your floors as an acetone product would be, making it an appealing choice when you’re worried about causing unsightly damage to your floor’s finish.

The instructions are similar to the ones in the other removal solutions above.


  • Sprinkle white sugar over the spill immediately.
  • Let the sugar stay as it absorbs the polish before the floor is stained. The sugar should congeal with the nail polish and harden.
  • Once it hardens and drys up simply sweep up the mess.

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Originally posted 2021-04-02 04:54:00.

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