How can I get nail polish off of leather seats?

My son spilled a bottle of nail polish on my leather car seats. I love his artistic expression, but I do not love Razzle Dazzle Pink splashed across my leather seats. How can I remove it?

Emily Maracle · Answered on Oct 11, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“That’s definitely frustrating, although very fashionable! Luckily, it’s far from impossible to remove nail polish from leather seats; there are several things you can try to remove the nail polish.
Before trying them, you always want to make sure you test it in a small area first. This will avoid any major discoloration if you use a product that isn’t good for leather. Here are your options:
  • Rubbing alcohol. You can use a small cotton swab or cloth to gently wipe and blot the stain. As leather is easy damaged, you never want to scrub or use anything abrasive on it.
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover. Wipe and blot with a cotton swab or cloth, as above. Just make sure it’s non-acetone specifically!
  • Vinegar and baking soda. Wipe and blot like the other solutions.
If none of these work to remove the stain, you may want to consider reaching out to a professional. There are detail companies that specialize in the cleaning of car interiors and fabrics. By having a professional remove the stain, you also can prevent any additional damage to the seat.
In the future, it’s important to clean any type of stain off leather immediately whenever you’re able, as it will make it easier to remove. Leather is a very porous natural material, so any type of stain can immediately soak in and make it hard to remove.
If you want to make sure your car (and your family) are protected for any eventuality that might be more serious than careless kids, you might want to re-examine your current insurance policy.
If you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal on the coverage you need, try using Jerry! We’ll get you multiple customized quotes from different providers so that all you have to do is choose the plan that works best for you and your budget—and we’ll even help you switch once you find a plan you prefer!
Best of luck with the cleaning—and with keeping any more stylish colors off your seats!”
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