Recently we bought a used car for my soon to be 16-year-old son. I can't believe I now have a kiddo old enough to drive. We didn't go for a fancy or newer car. We tried to pick out what we thought would be the safest car for him. We found one in pretty good shape, however, the former owner must have spilled nail polish in the backseat. Since no 16-year boy wants to ride around with nail polish stains in his car I decided to see what I could do to remove the nail polish spills from leather. Check out this great tip on how to get nail polish out of leather.
If you are removing nail polish from leather I highly recommend you start by testing any of these cleaners in a small inconspicuous spot on the leather and give it a couple of hours. I didn't, only because I figured my son would rather have a little discoloration on the leather than nail polish.
I recommend starting with rubbing alcohol. I have read that it is less damaging to leather than nail polish remove. You can start by putting a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip and gently rubbing over the stain. Try to avoid getting it in the area that doesn't have any nail polish. Just rub over the stain for a minute or two. If there is much nail polish you will probably need to switch out your q-tip a couple of times.
If your nail polish stain is fairly new this should get most of the stain. Using the rubbing alcohol removed about 75 percent of the stain on the leather.
It, however, did not get really good down into the cracks of the leather. To remove the last of the nail polish I put some nail polish remover on a paper towel and very gently and quickly blotted the stain. This removed almost 100 percent of the stain.
After you remove the stain I recommend using a good leather cleaner and conditioner on the spot you cleaned. I just used these wipes I had and ran it over the area I cleaned.
You can see the before and after is huge. Most of the nail polish is gone from the leather and it looks much better. My kiddo is happy to be riding around without nail polish stains. This would work great on everything from car seats to purses or couches. With just a few minutes of your time you can say goodbye to nail polish stains.