How to Fix a Run in Stockings

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

The expense of replacing ruined stockings adds up quickly. Here is how to fix a tiny run or hole with clear nail polish before the damage becomes irreparable.

Items you will need

  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Cotton Swab
  • Nail-polish Remover
  • Paper Or Tissue
Step 1

Act immediately. Holes and tiny runs quickly tear apart the weave of the stocking.

Step 2

If you are wearing the stockings, insert a tiny piece of paper or tissue behind the hole or run to protect your skin.

Step 3

Remove excess nail polish from the brush and then dab the polish around the hole or at both ends of the run.

Step 4

Remove excess polish from the stockings with nail-polish remover on a cotton swab. The polish will be visible after it dries, especially on dark-colored stockings.

Step 5

Check to make sure the polish is not adhering to the paper or tissue, and then allow the polish to dry for 3 to 5 minutes.


  • Catch runs before they start. Inspect the toes and waistline of stockings after each wearing. Apply clear polish to weak spots or small holes.