How To Remove Nail Polish From Concrete Floors

Removing nail polish from your floors should be super-easy and straightforward if you do it immediately after you find out. This is because the nail polish sticks to your floor as firmly as it does to your fingernails and can become difficult to remove after the stain dries up. However, you’ll learn here how to do it easily, even after it dries.

Note: Whatever you do, do not attempt to scrape the dried paint from your concrete floor, or you may end up with more problems that can cost you more in repairs. The tips in this article will help you quickly remove wet or dried nail polish stains from your concrete floors with the tools you have at home or in your office.

Materials Needed

To remove nail polish from concrete floors, you will need the following materials:

  1. Acetone or Nail Polish Remover – You can find acetone or nail polish remover at your local drugstore or hardware store. These solvents will help to dissolve the nail polish and make it easier to remove.
  2. Scrub Brush – A stiff-bristled scrub brush can be used to scrub away any remaining nail polish residue.
  3. Bucket – You will need a bucket to mix water and cleaning solution.
  4. Water – You will need water to dilute the cleaning solution.
  5. Cleaning Solution – You can use any safe cleaning solution for concrete floors. Dish soap or laundry detergent mixed with water is an effective option.
  6. Sponge or Rag – Use a sponge or rag to apply the cleaning solution to the concrete floor.
  7. Protective Gloves – Wear gloves to protect your hands from the acetone or nail polish remover.

Don’t worry if you don’t have some of these materials at home or in the office; just ensure you have a bottle of acetone or nail polish remover, a cleaning solution, water, and a clean, soft sponge to wipe off the dirt.

Removing the Nail Polish Step By Step

As mentioned earlier, nail polish is easier to remove when it is still wet, as you simply have to wipe the stain off the surface and wash it with soap and water to remove any excess residue. However, even with wet stains, you must use the steps mentioned below to ensure a thorough clean-up that doesn’t discolor your floor. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

1. Dab your sponge or rag over the wet stain

If you have just one drop of paint on the floor as you try to paint your nails, chances are that it will dry up fast, and you may need the next step immediately. However, if you have dropped the bottle or tipped it over while open, then your first step would be to dab a rag over the stain to absorb the excess paint.

Avoid wiping the paint with the rag to prevent it from spreading across other clean areas of the floor, making it more difficult to clean. 

2. Pour acetone into a small bucket

Now that you have successfully removed the excess paint, you must apply acetone or nail polish remover to the residue for easy removal. This method will work whether the paint is dried or still wet. 

Pour a small portion of acetone into a small bucket and dip your rag or sponge in it. Do not attempt to pour acetone directly onto the rag, as it may spill and result in complications.

3. Apply acetone or nail polish remover to the residue

Ensure to wear protective gloves, as acetone may cause your skin to be inflamed, itchy, irritated, and red. If you already have your nails painted, acetone may also wipe off the paint.

With the wet sponge or rag, continuously wipe the residue off the surface using a circular motion until all the stain is removed. 

Note that you may need to dip the sponge in water to remove stains and repeat the process if you are dealing with a large area. However, with acetone, you may notice that the stain clears off almost immediately after the sponge rubs the surface.

Cleaning the Area

The job doesn’t end at simply cleaning the surface with acetone. This is because even after using acetone, you may still have some pigment and discoloration on the floor, which, if left to stay, may become permanent and leave you with an ugly floor. You must deep-clean the area to ensure thorough stain removal.

To remove the pigment and discoloration, pour a cleaning agent, like dish soap, into a bowl or bucket, add some water, and pour a small portion of the mixture on the surface. Scrub off the pigment using a soft-bristled scrub brush till you can no longer see the pigment.

Use a dry rag to clean the excess water; you will have a concrete floor that looks as good as new.

Preventing Future Stains

Here are some tips to prevent nail polish stains on concrete floors:

  1. Use a drop cloth: When painting your nails, use a drop cloth or a towel to catch any drips or spills. This will prevent the nail polish from contacting the concrete floor.
  2. Apply nail polish in a well-ventilated area: Applying nail polish in a well-ventilated area will reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring.
  3. Be careful when applying the topcoat: The topcoat can be particularly messy, so be careful when applying it. Try to keep the brush as close to the nail as possible and avoid getting it on the surrounding concrete floor.
  4. Use a protective coating: Applying a protective coating to your concrete floor can help prevent stains. There are many products available that are specifically designed to protect concrete from stains and spills.
  5. Clean up spills immediately: If you do spill nail polish on your concrete floor, clean it up immediately. Use a cloth or paper towel to blot the stain and avoid rubbing it in. You can also use a nail polish remover or acetone to help remove the stain, but be sure to test it on an inconspicuous area first.

By following these tips, you can help prevent nail polish stains on your concrete floors and keep them looking clean and tidy.


In conclusion, when it comes to removing nail polish stains from concrete floors, having the right knowledge and tools can make all the difference. For professional concrete floor solutions, consider partnering with National Concrete Polishing, a leading company with a proven track record in delivering exceptional results. Their expert team is equipped with the latest techniques and equipment to restore the beauty of your concrete floors, ensuring a pristine and polished finish that will leave a lasting impression. Don’t settle for anything less than excellence—trust National Concrete Polishing for all your concrete floor needs.

Chris Lavin is an esteemed leader in concrete polishing and epoxy coatings with a distinguished 20-year career. As the owner of National Concrete Polishing and Xtreme Polishing Systems, he's renowned for polishing and epoxy coating more floors than anyone globally. His companies, with over 20 locations across the United States, are testaments to his expertise and dedication to the industry. Chris is recognized for his innovative approach and commitment to enhancing floor durability and aesthetics. His hands-on experience and technical proficiency make him a respected authority and a valuable resource in the field of floor polishing and coatings.

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