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You will need:
600 Grain Sandpaper
Lemon Oil or Water
No. 0000 Steel Wool
Paste Wax
Micro Fiber Cloth


This process is super easy and super inexpensive!


Use 600 grain wet/dry sandpaper. Soak the sandpaper with either lemon oil or water and LIGHTLY sand the area (If the acetone stain is on a large continuous area like a tabletop you'll want to lightly sand the entire area as to avoid the repaired spot sticking out like a sore thumb.) I know sandpaper sounds scary, but 600 grain is so fine it's more like buffing than anything, just don't press hard! LIGHT continuous pressure! Sanding the area evens the wood finish back out and gets rid of the "ridges" or "dull" spots that acetone most commonly causes.



Ok, you've made the surface even... now it's time to restore the luster you began with.
Dip the steel wool into the paste wax and buff the surface using medium pressure. The wax will be shiny at first because of the amount of solvent in it, but as it dries it becomes hazy. This is the turning point you need to watch for. Right as it becomes hazy (half way between wet and dry), you need to buff it with a micro fiber or LINT FREE cloth to bring up the shine.



If you have a table with slats do one slat at a time.
If you have a table with a solid surface do it in CIRCULAR sections (like you're waxing a car). Don't worry about overlap. The solvent in the fresh wax will re-soften the hard wax again, so the circular sections will be seamless.


Keep up your beautiful new surface with a DIY wood polish:
1 cup olive oil
1 cup white vinegar
Spray or pour the homemade solution on a soft cloth (never spray directly on the furniture) and work it in, wiping with the grain. Right away you will see the luster return to the wood. Make sure you buff in a circular motion using firm pressure.
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How do you remove nail polish remover from wood?

Sandpaper Use 600 grain sandpaper or one of the finer types. this gets rid of the damage mostly and is the least likely to destroy the furniture even more

How do you remove nail polish from maple wood?

Answer . \nFirst go to your local hardware store and ask for help in selecting a stain that will match your furniture and also ask for "FINE" sandpaper. Gently sandpaper the area with the nail polish until it is gone, and then clean with a damp rag. Be sure it is dry and then apply some maple stain.

How do you remove nail polish from wood furniture?

We had a massive amount of nail polish spilled on our beautful hardwood floors. We scrubbed & scrubbed with mineral spirits and that worked, but took a LOT of elbow grease! Then we sprayed on some hairspray, left it on for about 15 seconds and the nail polish WIPED RIGHT OFF!!! Amazing! We tried several different brands and the one that worked the best was TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold aerosol. We also used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser which made the job go even faster. . I just wanted to say we also had a massive amount of nail polish on our beautiful hardwood floors and we used TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold aerosol and a non abrasive scrubber and a lot of elbow grease and it came off pretty easy. You saved my daughter's life thank you. . Do not apply nail polish remover to the stain; it will quickly damage finish. Instead, soften the nail polish by rubbing it with a cloth saturated in mineral spirits. CAUTION: Dry-cleaning spot remover and mineral spirits are poisonous and flammable. Follow caution on labels. Use in well-ventilated area. Do not use near flame, spark, or pilot light. Do not smoke. Do not get on skin or clothing. If the finish is hard, apply paste wax with fine 0000 steel wool in the direction of the grain. Apply a small amount of oil to an oil finish. [Info from the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website] . Actually water and nail polish remover just ruin the wood furnishing leaving those unbearable stains. What you need is either the magic eraser or hair spray as weird as that sounds but it actually worked for me. just apply to the nail polish stain on a damp warm cloth and that should do the trick.

How can you repair a mark caused by nail polish remover acetone on a polished wood surface?

If you would like to have professional service company to get all your furniture repair work done right at first time please contact All Furniture Services www.furnitureservices.com , we specialized in all furniture repair restoration touch-up refinishing cleaning polishing upholstery disassembly assembly on everything wood, fabric, leather, vinyl, mechanism and on any furniture Antique - Modern - Custom - Hospitality. We do disassembling of furniture that does not fit into tight entrances, basements etc. such as sofa couch armoire headboard bed china sleeper. We do large project for hotels. Partitions cubicles assembly disassembly. In Home repairs same day service 7 days a week. Best Service for lowest prices Guaranteed. Over 50 pages of before and after pictures! 718-268-2727, 347-528-7777 Answer . Sand it and repolish it. The acetone dissolved the polish.

How can wood furniture be repaired after fingernail polish was spilled?

Answer . It depends on the type of finish that is on the wood. Newer finishes are "catalyzed", meaning that they are a two part finish that hardens through chemical reaction. \n. \nOlder finishes are typically varnish or laquer and they harden by the evaporation of solvents. Once you add solvents back to the older finishes, they disolve again.\n. \nIf it's a newer type finish, you can use nail polish remover. The newer finishes are resistant to chemicals. It turns out that it doesn't really matter if it's new or old finish since you'll need to remove the nail polish anyway. If it takes the finish off, sand it down, get some new stain to match then spray on some varnish, laquer or polyurethane to match the old finish. If you can't match the finish, you may need to sand down the whole piece and refinish it.

How do you remove a nail polish remover stain from a wood furniture with a glossy finish?

Answer . Sorry, but you're going to have to strip your table and revarnish it. Go to your hardware store and ask them for advice as to how to do this effectively.

How do you clean nail polish remover from furniture?

put paint on it then get a used coat and wipe it. make sure the paint is still wet.

How do you remove furniture polish buildup from wood furniture?

Please, please, please do not "strip" your furniture just to remove wax buildup. Understand that "stripping" your furniture removes its original finish all the way down to the bare wood. This is not good for your furniture and if your treasured piece is an antique, "stripping" and refinishing will decrease its monetary value by as much as half. Would you remove the paint finish on your car because it was too hard to remove the dried turtle wax on the surface? The same principle applies here. It is safer for your wood finish to have coating of wax than to be "stripped" of its finish altogether. In fact it's preferable. A good wax coating actually protects a wood's finish from many household pollutants such as cigarette smoke. And in environments where there is a lack of humidity, the wax will also protect the wood from splitting. Also understand that wax buildup is a sign that your furniture's finish needs a proper cleaning, not a "stripping". Wax buildup is noticeable when a wax-base or oil-base furniture polish is applied over and over again without a proper buffing of its surface. The furniture surface will look dull. It might even feel slightly sticky to the touch. There are two methods to try to remove excess build up. One is to actually buff the piece with a soft lint-free rag. Old yet clean cloth diapers are perfect (if you can find them). First wipe off any excess dust then buff in a circular motion with some pressure applied to the surface. Keep doing this until the surface becomes less dull and sticky. If your cloth gets dirty, change to a clean one. Remember you want to remove and smooth out the excess wax on the furniture, not reapply it. Finish by buffing again with another clean cloth with the grain of the wood. If this is done properly, you will feel that your arms have gotten a good workout. Don't be afraid to use a little elbow grease. If this does not work to your satisfaction or if the wax build up is too old, then its time to remove the excess wax. There are several products on the market designed to do just that. My favorite is a product called Vernax and is produced by the Hagerty's silver polish people. This can be purchased at Harry's Ace Hardware, any good antique furniture store, or online at http://hagertyusa.com/home/products/vernax.htm This is not a furniture stripper but is designed to remove excess wax, dirt and oils and will not harm your finish as long as it is used properly. To use apply a little to a clean cloth (not to the wood surface). Then buff the surface of the wood as describe above going first in a circular motion and then with the grain of the wood until dry. You will see a difference immediately. Remember a little will go a long way. After the Vernax treatment, I usually follow up with a good beeswax and/or carnuba wax based furniture polish which does not contain any linseed oil or silicone. Briwax or Johnson's paste wax is acceptable. The paste wax is applied in the same manner as the Vernax. Remember to keep changing cloths until they no longer pick up any residue and that a little wax goes along way. I use this method maybe once a year on furniture that is not in heavy use and twice a year on pieces that are in use everyday. The finish is maintained by weekly or bi-monthly dusting and buffing using only clean lint-free cloths. I use no other furniture polish or sprays other than what I've mentioned here on this website. I have even made my own beeswax furniture polish. The formula and its applications can be found on this Website under "How do you make beeswax furniture polish?" As a curator, I've seen the damage done to beautiful furniture by overzealous, but well-meaning, do-it-yourself restorers. It takes practice and lots a patience to properly "strip" and restore a finish. In many cases where the finish is botched, the piece can be restored but its monetary value has dropped to almost nil. And the cost to properly refinish a treasured piece of furniture is exorbitant and not worth the value of the piece. Therefore Great-Grandmother's Hope Chest gets moved out into the garage and used as a tool chest or worst yet, tossed out into the garbage. Murphy's oil soap is an easily found product, and works on some finishes. Do be careful, though as it will cloud some finishes. Those are best cleaned using the methods above. Never use a brillo pad, only 0000 steel wool. COMMENT: Let me just say that Vernax, IS NOT, designed to remove EXCESS WAX. It is a cleaner, but not that kind of cleaner. I contacted Hagerty, maker of Vernax. They said that they had heard about the comment made online in regards to this claim. However it is untrue. They do have a great cleaner, polish and protectant. A wax remover, they do not have. So, save the $15 to $20, and put it in your gas tank. Your welcome.

How can you clean up spilled nail polish remover on leather couch?

I just used nail polish remover on my black leather chair and ottoman (made by Ashley)to remove pink nail polish and it worked without damaging the leather.

How do you remove stain from nail polish on a wood dresser.?

To remove nail polish from wooden furniture, use a putty knife toget the polish off the wood. Then use denatured alcohol to get ridof the traces of the polish.

How do you get nail polish off of furniture?

Very carefully! The same basic formula that removes nail polish from ones nails will also remove the finish from furniture. Contact a local furniture refinisher and get a professional opinion.

How do you remove a polyurethane adhesive spill from an engineered pre-finished wood floor?

I have the exact same issue. I have tried most solvents, OOO steel wool, and a lot of elbow grease. If I don't come up with a solution in the next 24 hours I need to replace a portion of the floor $$$. Help! Let me know if you came up with anything.

What is the impact of not finishing wood furniture?

Answer . If you don't protect the wood, it will be more susceptable to staining, be hard to clean and more likely to change with humidity changes, making it more likely to crack and split. It will also dent and scratch easier.

How do you remove stain from nail polish on a wood dresser?

by rubbing your face on the stain for 12 minutes then use some ajax spray and wipe on it with a clean yellow cloth. should come off about 5 minutes later.

How do you remove furniture finish?

Answer . there are also some excellent citric based strippers out that you can use, I apply the stripper, let it work as per instructions and I use a plastic scrapper to remove the bulk of the stripped material and re-apply where needed, this works great for me. Caution: wear rubber gloves and depending on what type of stripper you use (some can be caustic so you might want to wear a Vapor mask). good luck RudyAnswer. furniture stripper. water soluable or solvent soluable ( follow instructions on all lables) apply with brush scrub with plastic bristle brush reapply stripper final cleaning with soluable rinse. start small. UPDATE: A product that just came out is called, (Jasco Green strip) This stripper is biodegradable, low VOC, low-odor and safe to use indoors. you can look it up at: . www.homaxproducts.com

How do you repair the wood finish on furniture that has been in contact with rubber?

That really depends on the type of finish and the type of rubber involved. You could try a gentle cleaning with some naphtha. Also try some goof off or goof off 2. If those dont remove the rubber you might have to get it refinished. You could also lightly scrub with some 0000 steel wool and naphtha.

How do you remove nail polish from clothing and furniture?

I tried once by socking the fabric with vaceline after that I let it sit for a couple of minutes. After you have done this you should put some acetone or nail poish remover on a piece of cotton and rub it on the fabric. It worked for me and i hope it works for you.

How do you remove nail polish remover?

well, u can i guess just use a cotton/dry towel/tissue to wipe it off. While applying, it shouldn't leave too much nail polish remover unless u applied too much

What can you remove with nail polish remover?

lol isnt it obv.you remove the nail polish off from ur nails using the polish remover :/

How do you remove nail polish without nail polish remover?

I tried this trick, it's easy. I know it sounds odd---but try it. Coat the area of your nails that has nail polish onn with another type of nail polish. Leave the polish on for about 10 seconds, then wipe it off hard (press down on your nail and wipe.) This should remove most of it, but wash your hands quickly after because the polish can get stuck in your cuticles :P

How do you fix a wooden table after nail polish remover has spilled on it?

Here is what worked for me after I spilled nail polish remover all over my beatiful wooden table:. First, I mix amonia with hot water and washed the table with it, sqeezing extra water over the stains. Then, I used a stell wool pad to scrub the stains, which seemed to help clear them up. After everything had been srubbed well, I cleaned the table again with the amonia and water. Once it was dry, and dribbled baby oil over the places where the stains were and let it sit there for an hour before wiping it up. The table looks great, and I thought it had been ruined.. I hope this helps someone else in that situation.. An easy quick soulution is put mayo over the stain. Let it sit there for about 2 hours. It really helps make it less noticable even though it doesn't completely remove the stain.

Why do nails hurt after nail polish removal?

because nail polish weakens ur nails and removes essential oils and makes them very soft and breakable..:D

How do you remove oil base paint overspray from wood furniture without removing the finish?

Just a small amount of kerosene will do the trick wipe gently around the surface after the original surface of wood is dry.

How do you get nail polish out of upholstered furniture?

Some say scrape. Some say dig. I would try a little of both. And try some nail polish remover while you're at it.

How can you fix the wood furniture damage by nail polish remover?

you can buy furniture stainer for that same reason. it also works or water stains and scraches.

How does nail polish remover remove nail polish?

The main ingredient in nail polish is acetone and in some cases acetate. The acetone dissolves the nail polish; liquifying it. This makes it easy for it to wipe off with a cotton ball or tissue.

I accidentally spilled nail polish on car door immediately cleaned with nail polish remover which removed nail polish stain but left white marks on door How do you remove those?

There is a product called fill and glaze located in your local auto parts store, this will restore the finish and bring the color back .. just go to a local walmart and then get assisstance from a paint worker

I spilled nail polish in my acrylic bathtub Will polish remover with acetone hurt the surface of the tub?

if the bathtub is painted i think that acitone will take off the paint! tyy nail polish remover

Is there any way to remove fingernail polish remover that spilled onto wood floor?

The spilled fingernail polish has already removed itself, by evaporating. Before that happened it damaged the finish on the floor. What you need to do now is to restore the finish.

How can you remove nail polish from your nails?

Well, nail polish is mainly removed with nail polish remover. or you can get it off with this thing called creamic smoother

Can acetone remove nail polish from your nails?

I heard that acetone is HORRIBLE for ur nails! So do not use it! Just go by some nail polish remover but if u cant then leave them on and i bet they will fall off!

How do you remove nail polish from wood when it's dry?

all you really need to is scrub with mineral spirit. it works on some tables and some it does not work. but just scrub and scrub and eventually it will come off.

Does equare strengthening nail polish remover with gelatin for natural nails spilled in your hair make it darker or lighter?

If your hair is dyed, then it would make it lighter, but if it is natural it may not have an effect. But if I had to give a definite answer, Lighter

How does nail polish remove nail polish?

It doesnt. It jsut covers up the previous color. Correction: putting nail polish on old nail polish then quickly wipeing it of takes it off because the new nail polish grabs the old like insta glue and takes the old when you wipe it off.

How can you repair a new wood table from an oil spill that took off the finishing coat?

It is always possible to sand down wood in order to remove an upper layer that is damaged or stained; afterwards you can re-finish it. If that is too much trouble, you can cover up the stain by painting the table. I recommend white.

How do you get nail polish off your nails with nail polish remover?

Just follow these simple steps: 1) Carefully pour some nail polish remover onto cotton wool. It shouldn't be drippy but you want it wet enough to dissolve the polish. 2) As you rub the remover onto your nails it will soften the polish and the cotton will pick up the softened polish. 3) Use fresh cotton balls as needed. Have a garbage bag handy to throw away the used up cotton balls. Done!

What happens if you spill nail polish remover on your carpet?

If your carpet is non-synthetic - wool, for example - it won't be affected by nail polish remover. If your carpet is synthetic, nail polish remover will likely dissolve the fibers where it comes into contact with the nap. This is not a "spot" that can be removed. Rather, it is permanent damage.

What can I do if Nail polish remover splilled on my wood table?

The active ingredient in nail polish is Acetone. Acetone is a solvent that disolves most wood finishes so technically, you don't have a stain, you have damaged finish. The acetone may have been "contaminated" with nail polish or something with color in it and the colored substance may have penetrated the finish on your furniture while the finish was disolved, causing a color change. The finish must be removed where it is discolored or damaged and touched-up. If that doesn't work you may need to re-finish the whole piece.

How do you remove nail polish remover from wood floor?

chances are the nail polish remover is not "on" the wood floor to be removed so much as it has removed the finish from the wood floor. If it's an actual wood floor as opposed to laminate, sand the area lightly with 4 0000 steel wool, wipe away the debris with tack cloth, and then apply a thin layer of clear polyurethane to the sanded area. If the area still seems rough, repeat the process. if it's a laminate, check with the manufacturer before attempting any repair.

How do you remove pledge furniture polish from your wood?

I use Guardesman furniture cleaner, or Murphy's Oil soap, or Briwax. Do not let water sit on the wood as it will raise the grain.

How do you repair leather that has nail polish remover on it?

if u have ammonia pore it in a bowl have a rag dip the rag in the ammonia and rub

Will nail polish remover remove nail polish from skin?

Yes, just use sparingly as it is full of harsh chemicals! If you need to clean up around your cuticles, dip a cotton swab in the bottle, apply it carefully, and wash off the nail polish remover with soap ASAP.

How do you get rid of nail polish remover stains on furniture?

Windex, I'm not kidding i dropped a box of nail polish on my head and it got over the carpet and my chairs i tired nail polish remover and then hot water and soap gave up then look up how to get it off carpets and it came off so i tired it on my chairs and it worked. took time and hard work but it worked

Can nail polish remover damage nails?

Yes,it is in fact,a chemical and nails are very fragile,so it candamage the nails! But I know there are some brand nail polish likeNOURISH (nourishmynails.com )which is better for your nails .

How do you remove french polish from furniture?

French polish is a solution of the shellac in methylated spirits ( denatured ethyl alcohol). This is applied first by brush usually and then many layers with a cloth and finally rubbed with more and more linseed or vegetable oil on the cloth. After much work a mirror finish can be achieved. So removal merely meaqns washing well with spirit and brushing that into the grain with an old toothbrush for example. There are proprietary gels which can be used, such as Rustins Varnish Remover, but they are more necessary for paint like varnishes.

How do you remove nail polish from white painted wood furniture?

there is no way to do it, just remove it with nail polish cleaner, sand the damaged part, and paint it white again. I tried the hairspray method and I used a Q-tip. I used the Fruitectis hairspray and i sprayed it on the Q-tip then rubbed the fingernail polish. It took a lot of squirts and scrubs but it did come off and the paint is fine. I could NOT believe it ! very happy !

How do you remove spilled nail polish from cabinetry?

If the nail polish is pink and you have a white couch it could help to jizz on the stained area. If you have a strained forearm and you cannot fulfill the task at hand (literally), you could simply call one of your female dogs. :)

How do you repair the wood finish on furniture from a spill of Tacky glue?

Some glues Can be removed with acetone (nail varnish remover) - Litghy rub the effected part to get the glue off. DO NOT be overly heavy handed as you could remove the stain in the wood as well. If some colour comes awy look at the local diy stores for wood stain and purchase a colour as close to that of the chair - wipe the stain over the whole area where the spill was and as far aroud as you can so that the wood is brought in to a matching tint. Allow to dry and then using bees wax to polish up

Will naptha remove wood furniture finish?

Naptha and mineral spirits will remove polishes and waxes but not oil based stains or coatings.

How do you get nail polish remover off of a wood surface?

Nail polish remover is a chemical compound made of an industrial solvent (usually acetone) and buffering agents to protect your skin (aloe vera, etc.). Because it contains a solvent that easily evaporates, there is usually no problem with removing it from a bare wood surface. It will just evaporate. The problem is that most household wood surfaces are painted, stained, shellacked, varnished, etc. Nail polish remover is specifically designed as a paint remover; that's why it removes nail polish! If you have spilled nail polish remover on a painted wood surface, it will immediately begin to remove the paint, stain, shellac, or varnish. That's what it is designed to do. If you are trying to limit the damage caused, which is your only option, DON'T DO ANYTHING! Do not try to blot, soak up, wipe, blow-dry, or in any manner touch or disturb the puddle of nail polish remover. Doing these things just makes the situation worse. Let the nail polish remover dry naturally. By doing this, you do not remove any of the stain or color that is on the wood. There may be bubbles or "crazing" of the finish. There is very little you can do about this. However, you can partially repair the finish. Buy a sheet of "between coats" sandpaper from an auto supply retailer or perhaps even Home Depot, Lowe's, ACE Hardware, etc. These sandpapers have a Grit rating of 600 or higher. Higher is better. Make sure the nail polish remover has completely dried and the finish has re-hardened. Gently wipe the uneven finish to smooth out the bubbles or wrinkles. DO NOT SCRUB; wipe in a single direction, going with the natural lines in the grain of the wood. Stop after each wipe with the sandpaper and clean the surface with a towel or paper towel. Look at the condition of the surface. If it has gotten better, wipe again. If it is getting worse, stop wiping and go to the next step. If the paint or varnish did not dry to the correct color and no longer matches the look of the surrounding finish, you have two options: live with it, or refinish the whole surface. If the paint or varnish is close enough in color to the surrounding finish, the last step is to restore the correct "sheen". If the sheen is already pretty close, you are done. If it is too glossy or shiny, you can remove some of the gloss by using a mild abrasive like Bon Ami and a Teflon scrubby pad or Scotch-Brite. Once again, wipe in the direction of the grain of the wood, clean it with a towel, look at the result, then repeat if necessary. If the sheen is too dull, use a furniture polish or wax on the surface. Once again, wipe in the direction of the grain of the wood, buff in that same direction, look at the result, then repeat if necessary. This is about the best that you can do in a situation like this. Last thing I will say is this: Nail polish remover cannot penetrate aluminum or glass. Whenever you are using nail polish remover, make sure to set the bottle on a small cookie sheet (type with a turned up edge) or into a shallow glass dish that has a paper towel inside it. Make sure the sheet or dish is wider in all directions than the bottle of nail polish remover is high. Then you won't have to worry about this anymore.