How To Remove Acrylic Nails - Easy And Safe

Acrylic nails are currently the hottest nail trend. With this nail style, you can have diversity in colors, lengths and designs of the nails while also creating high paint adhesion and flawless finish coating. However, removing acrylic nails is not as simple as you might think. It takes time and effort to remove acrylic nails at home. At our salon, we have professional nail technicians remove it in order not to damage your nails. Today, Rachel’s Nails will give you some suggestions on how to remove acrylic nails in easy and safe ways both at home and at our nail salon.

How to remove acrylic nails at home

Most clients do not want to spend time and money going to the salon just to remove the acrylic nails. We truly understand the problem that customers encounter. Here are 2 easy ways to remove acrylic nails with simplest tools that anyone can do at home.

Using acetone and aluminum foil

Necessary tools:

  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Buff
  • Cotton wool
  • Acetone nail cleaning solution
  • Aluminum foil
  • Vaseline and hand cream moisturizer
  • Orange stick
  • Bowls


  • Cut your nails short. To shorten the acrylic nails, use a nail clipper.

Remove as much of the acrylic nail as you can. If you’re having trouble with this step because your nails are too thick, use a file to file them away. However, do not file the nail as this will cause it to bleed.

  • File the coating on the nail surface. File the polish with a good quality

nail buff and try to file this acrylic nail as much as possible. It is best to file long lines that follow the length of the nails.

  • Pour acetone nail cleaning solution in a bowl. Pour out about half a

glass bowl with acetone nail cleaning solution. Some people prefer to warm the acetone by placing it in a larger bowl of warm water so as to increase the heat of acetone. Never microwave acetone or use it near a high heat source. Acetone is extremely flammable. Make sure your room is well ventilated as acetone evaporates very quickly.

  • Apply Vaseline to the skin around your nails. Acetone can have a bad

effect on the skin, so it’s better to protect your hands with vaseline. This step will protect your hands from being irritated by the acetone, especially if you have a agnail.

  • Soak your nails in acetone cleaning solution. Take a couple cotton

wools that have been soaked in warm acetone and apply them on your fingernails. Wrap the cotton wool tightly around the acrylic nails with aluminum foil. After that, soak your nails in acetone for around 30 minutes.

  • Remove the aluminum foil and cotton wool from your fingertips. The

cotton wool will remove the acrylic nail coating. If you’re soaking your nails in acetone, pull the nail off with an orange stick and gently remove the nail polish. If the acrylic nail paint is still firmly bonded to the nail, repeat the soaking process for another 20 minutes before attempting to remove the coating.

  • Use a soft buff to file away any remaining acrylic nails polish. Now

that the acrylic powder has become softer after being soaked in acetone. You can file the remaining acrylic nails polish away. If the acrylic layer becomes hard while filing, use an acetone-soaked cotton wool to soften it.

  • Moisturize your hands. Acetone makes your skin extremely dry. Wash

the acetone off with soap and water. After that, pat your skin dry and add lotion or moisturizer to soften it.

Using dental floss

Necessary tools:

  • Dental floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Buff
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Hand cream moisturizer or vaseline
  • Nail file


  • Find a partner. This method of removing acrylic nails requires a person to help you, as it requires both hands to pull the dental floss underneath the powder nail.
  • Pry up the bottom edge of your acrylic nails. Gently slip in and lift up the entire bottom edge of the nail bed using a cuticle pusher. Do it slowly and control because you do not want to hurt your nails bed.

  • Ask your friend to help you insert the dental floss into the bottom of the nail you just pry. Your friend should sit opposite you, pull the piece of the dental floss placed under the nail edge that has just been pry, with both hands firmly grasping the ends of the thread.
  • Your friend can start by pulling the floss back and forth under the nail powder. Make sure that your friend slides the thread while pulling it forward. This will cause the nail powder to gradually peel off. Continue to repeat this sawing motion until the acrylic nails have peeled off and are completely separated from your natural nail. Tell your partner not to pull the thread too fast. You don’t want your natural nails to wear off with your acrylic nails.

  • Use a buff and nail file to reshape your nails. You can use buff and nail files to re-file the nail shape as well as remove any remaining acrylic nail polish.
  • Moisturize your hands. During the process, your nails may be slightly damaged. You can use hand moisturizer to soften and heal your nails
  • How to remove acrylic nails at salon

Removing acrylic nails at home seems to have more risk because you do not have enough equipment or experience doing it. Besides that, the cost of tools you buy to remove acrylic nails can be much higher when compared to going to a nail salon. Rachel’s Nails salon has the finest skills and tools to remove your nails precisely.

The first step that my salon would usually take is to soak your nails in acetone. Since acrylic nails are composed of some chemicals, acetone (or something similar) will be required to get through the strong, protective coating during removal. When soaking off, a tiny pad will be soaked in polish remover, placed over the nail, and gently wrapped. Soaking will be done very carefully so as not to damage your nail bed.

Filing is usually the next step. Our salon has special files and nail drill for removing acrylic nails. This will help to remove all the acrylic coating on top of your nails. They are perfectly suited for this type of work and can quickly remove the softened acrylic.

Last but not least, only at Rachel’s Nails, we provide special nail coating polish for customers. After removing the acrylics from your nails, we will paint you the polish to top your nails. This ensures that your nails will be strong and safe after the removal.

The whole process takes about 25 to 35 minutes so it is perfect for those who do not have time and tools to remove acrylic nails at home. We have talented manicurists and special equipment so we will always make sure that nail removal is smooth and safe. With only from £10, you can get the best nail removal service.

  1. Some advice for you
  • Do not pour acetone nail cleaning solution into a plastic bowl. It will decompose and damage the bowl and acetone may spill outside.
  • If you do not want to use acetone, there are acetone-free nail polish remover which is easy to buy and a perfect replacement for the normal acetone nail cleaning solution.
  • You can buy a specialized acrylic powder nail removal kit at the pharmacy.
  • Some people often think that it is unnecessary going to a nail salon just for nail removal. At Rachel’s Nails, we always recommend customers going to our salon to remove acrylic nails because improperly removing the acrylic makes it even more damaged and messy.
  • You should remove your acrylic nails after maximum 2 months in order not to encounter risks.
  • You should remove acrylic nails at home only if you have proper tools and your nails are strong enough.


  • If removing the nail causes pain or the acrylic nails remains stuck after repeating the process, you should stop and go to the nail salon for advice.
  • Always keep acetone away from fire or high heat sources as it is highly flammable.
  • Using acrylic powder nails carries the risk of infection as the space between the natural nails and the powdered nails increases. This allows bacteria to enter. If your nails become thick and discolored, consult your personal doctor or dermatologist.
  • Pulling off acrylic nails, no matter how tempting it may seem, can cause harm to your nails. As a result, never rip or pull your acrylic nails off.


That’s all about removing acrylic nails both at the nail salon and at home.

To remove acrylics, Rachel’s Nails uses professional acetone, special tools and provides the nail treatment coating on top of your nails after the removal. At Rachel’s Nails, we provide not only manicure service but also pedicure and beauty treatments. Everytime you go to our nail salon, we will serve you with the best services by talented nail technicians. We want to make sure that when customers come to Rachel’s Nails salon, they can have the ultimate experience. Our price is affordable to everyone. Besides that, we have high quality products and services. You can visit us at 12a Norcot Road, Reading, UK. Here is our website and you can read our blogs to get more information about nails.

Remove acrylic nails at home is quite simple, all you need to have is proper tools and make sure that you follow step-by-step instructions. If any unexpected problems happen, feel free to come to our nail salon or nearest health facilities for help.

We hope that you can choose a suitable way to remove your acrylic nails safely and easily.

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