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.

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.

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

Rinse the ring in warm water.

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.

About the Author

Lindsey Landis has more than seven years of combined writing, editing and marketing experience in the book publishing and media industries. She holds a journalism bachelor's degree from Indiana University and studied art history at the Universita di Bologna in Italy. Landis currently works at the Chicago Reader and manages her own author development services company.

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