How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Couch Suede

Similar to how to get nail polish out of clothes, removing nail polish from suede fabric can be difficult.

Making it even more difficult is if your couch is made of suede!

You are doing your nails on your suede couch and accident strikes!

Your nail polish spills or nails hit the fabric, and you are now stuck with nail polish on this finicky fabric.

Suede has different properties that make it challenging to clean unavoidable messes, such as nail polish effectively.

Continue reading below to learn how to get nail polish out of couch suede.

What You’ll Need

Now that you’ve assembled all the materials and items that you will use, continue reading below for step-by-step instructions on how to get nail polish out of a suede couch.

1. Spray Hairspray On Dried Nail Polish

Spray your hairspray on the nail polish that has dried on the couch suede.

The hairspray will cause the nail polish to harden to the point that it needs to be in order to remove it using the steps below.

Allow the hairspray to dry on the spot.

2. Scrub The Couch Suede

Carefully scrub the couch to remove all of the nail polish that has dried on the couch suede.

Do not press the suede couch when scrubbing, as this will cause the nail polish to go further into the fabric.

You can also use tweezers or a butter knife to remove larger chunks of hardened nail polish from the couch suede.

Be careful not to spread around the nail polish when scrubbing the suede.

Since suede is a fragile fabric, make sure you are very careful when handling the suede.

You do not want to harm the suede. 

3. Apply Non-acetone Nail Polish Remover

If the nail polish remains on your suede couch, you can apply and scrub the sofa with a non-acetone nail polish remover and a cotton ball.

Be sure to use it first to an inconspicuous area to see if it may cause discoloration on your suede couch. 

Be careful not to apply too much nail polish remover as suede material does not always react well to liquid and may be complex to dry completely. 

Pro Tip: Once you have entirely removed the nail polish from the couch suede and after it has completely dried, use a suede brush on your couch to remove any marks or matting of the material from scrubbing. 


What Is Suede?

Suede fabric is leather, usually high quality, made from the underside of an animal hide.

Suede is often made with lambskin, but other animal hides can be made into suede.

For example, the skins of calves, deer, goats, and pigs can be used.

It is popular for lighter leather clothing as well as for couches because of its soft feel and durability.

However, it is also thinner than traditional leather, which means its more easily damaged.

Since it is so fragile, it is essential that you take care when cleaning and removing stains or, in this case, nail polish.

How Do I Get Nail Polish Out Of Clothes?

You can follow the same steps as above, but you can run the clothing through the washing machine to help remove the nail polish.

When doing this method and before putting it through the washing machine, you can pick apart the nail polish using tweezers to remove large chunks of the nail polish from the clothing.

Every little bit helps!

How Does Hairspray Remove Nail Polish?

On both couch suede and clothing, hairspray can remove nail polish.

The hairspray will cause the nail polish to harden further and allow wet nail polish to dry out completely.

Beyond drying and hardening, the hairspray causes the nail polish to break apart, allowing the nail polish to be removed in chunks using a tweezer.

It can be scrapped utilizing a pair of tweezers to release the nail polish in dried chunks.

What Other Methods Can I Use To Remove Nail Polish?

If you do not have hairspray or want to use a liquid to clean your suede couch, you can use baking soda.

Apply a thin layer of baking soda on freshly spilled nail polish.

Allow the baking to soak up as much of the excess nail polish as possible, and begin to gently remove the baking soda and nail polish from the suede couch with a toothbrush or small cleaning brush.

You can also use rubbing alcohol to remove some nail polish using a cotton ball.

Even though it is liquid, the rubbing alcohol will dry quickly enough not to damage the suede material.

Although made of liquid, you can use a mixture of dish soap and warm water to address the nail polish issue on your suede couch.

You can use the foam from the combination and apply that with a sponge or cotton ball. 

Using an emery board, nail file, or pencil eraser, you can gently rub light nail polish stains to remove them as well. Do this gently not to harm the suede material.

Will Cleaning The Suede Material Cause It To Be Matted Down?

If you have a suede brush, you can use that to brush the couch when you are done removing the nail polish from the couch.

Doing this will allow the texture and material of the suede to be restored and no longer show evidence of any scrubbing.

Can I Use Acetone Nail Polish Remover On Suede? 

Avoid using acetone nail polish remover, which may cause the couch suede to bleach or be discolored.

Acetone is a harsh chemical and will cause damage to the suede.

Avoid using any aggressive cleaner on your couch suede. Suede is a very fragile type of material and can be easily damaged.