Don't risk damaging a ring of great monetary or sentimental value.

How to Get Nail Polish Off of Rings

by Lindsey Landis

Unfortunately, if you have spilled nail polish on a gold or silver ring, there are a limited number of cleaning solutions you can utilize at home. If the ring is valuable, it is best to take it to a jeweler for a professional cleaning. This is especially important if the ring has pearls or gemstones, which can be damaged by rough cleaning.

1 Allow the fingernail polish to dry and use a toothpick or your fingernail to chip away at the paint. Do not use a metal implement, as the abrasion could cause extensive damage to the surface of your ring.

2 Use a cloth or a cotton swab to cover the stain with washing soda and several drops of ammonia.

3 Rinse the ring in warm water.

4 Polish the ring with a soft cloth.

Items you will need

  • Toothpick
  • Washing soda
  • Ammonia
  • Cotton swab
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth


  • Do not use any form of polish remover that contains acetone, as these can cause damage and discoloration to both gold and silver rings.
  • Do not confuse washing soda with baking soda, which is too abrasive to use on precious metals.
  • If you are unable to remove all of the paint, take it to a professional cleaner.

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