Getting Nail Polish Out of tub...PLEASE HELP

Updated on July 01, 2009
M.K. asks from Naperville, IL
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I need your help mommys!! My 16 month old "princess" threw...or more like whipped a bottle of nail polish in the tub and it cracked! So now I have magenta nail polish all over my tub and have NO CLUE how to get it out. We live in a town house and rent so it's kind of necessary we get it out. :-( Does anyone out there have any ideas on what I should try??? I'm pretty much in panic mode-lol. Thanks for all of your help!!

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply and help me out! I did try just about everything before I took the nail polish remover to the tub because i was sooo scared it was going to ruin the tub. Nothing was taking it out at all...but when i did use the nail polish remover it worked like MAGIC!! It ALL came out. Thanks again for all your help...i absolutely love this site!

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G.W.

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If you use nail polish remover, use the non-acetone kind. A bottle of dark green nail polish wasn't closed all the way and leaked all over and dried on the center console of my car. I used the non-acetone remover and wiped gently. It took a while to get it off, but it was worth the extra time not to damage my console! After I was done, you couldn't tell the polish had ever been there, and my console was fine. So if the non-acetone remover worked on the soft plastic of my car console, it should work on the tub! However, depending on the material of the tub (fiberglass/porcelain), the area where the polish was may be stained. For that, I would be at as a much a loss as you!

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G.W.

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If you use nail polish remover, use the non-acetone kind. A bottle of dark green nail polish wasn't closed all the way and leaked all over and dried on the center console of my car. I used the non-acetone remover and wiped gently. It took a while to get it off, but it was worth the extra time not to damage my console! After I was done, you couldn't tell the polish had ever been there, and my console was fine. So if the non-acetone remover worked on the soft plastic of my car console, it should work on the tub! However, depending on the material of the tub (fiberglass/porcelain), the area where the polish was may be stained. For that, I would be at as a much a loss as you!

N.D.

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I haven't had to get nail polish off of anything, but I have had really bad, baked-on messes on my glass top stove and when nothing else worked, was advised to use a sharp,single edge razor blade to gently scrape it off. Might be worth a try...Good luck!

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K.R.

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I am a fan of Goof Off.....I took stickers off my tub when they were new and had no problems. It did not wreak are tubs. I have also used it on are lime stone that my daugher colored.

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N.B.

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Maybe try acetone or nail polish remover? Try on a small section first to make sure it doesn't remove the finish on the tub.

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E.N.

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How about the Magic Eraser? It's absolutely magical, it may be worth the try! I use it to remove virtually any stains. With kids, this is a MUST! I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it works on nail polish too! Good luck!!!

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S.E.

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Did you try dabbing it out with nail polish remover. I know you have to be careful because it can be harsh. But maybe you could try just it on one spot.
Otherwise I agree with Eileen. Try the magic eraser. There is even a magic eraser now just for the bath and kitchen. It has clean built right in.

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S.A.

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nail polish remover should get it out. It gets it off my linoleum floors without harming them.

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J.S.

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Try Pure Actone or acetone, be careful, that will get the polish off but it may take the panit off as well. Good Luck.

D.K.

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Acetone dissolves nail polish...be careful though. I'd try a remover with acetone before I used straight acetone. You can get it at any beauty supply store.

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D.B.

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Have you tried nail polish remover with acetone?? I think that should work well. Good luck!

S.P.

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Test it in a corner where it won't be noticed first to make sure it won't discolor the tub surface, but try nail polish remover.

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