How to Remove Silk Wraps

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Remove Silk Wraps. Silk wraps are pieces of silk material glued to brittle, cracked or chipped nails to enhance nail strength, protect nails and nail beds while the nails grow and provide a non-damaged surface to apply nail polish. Application of a silk wrap is far more difficult than its removal. Here is the easiest way to safely remove your silk wraps.

Items you will need

  • Acetone-based nail polish remover
  • Acetone
  • Bowl
  • Cotton balls
  • Warm, soapy water
  • Towel
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

Pour the acetone-based nail polish remover or acetone into your bowl.

Step 2

Soak your silk wrapped fingernail(s) in the bowl for approximately 2 minutes.

Step 3

Dip a cotton ball into the acetone and then gently wipe it across the silk wrap. If the silk wrap does not immediately come off, soak your fingernail(s) for another 2 to 3 minutes and repeat. Continue repeating until the wrap wipes away.

Step 4

Wash your hands in warm, soapy water, rinse and then wipe with a towel.

Step 5

Heavily moisturize your fingertip(s), cuticle and surrounding nail area as acetone is a solvent that can damage skin by dissolving tissue fat.


  • Always wear a mask when using acetone or acetone-based products--especially if you have a compromised immune system, suffer from chemical sensitivity issues or are elderly. Acetone vapors can cause upper respiratory and mucus membrane damage, nerve damage, or permanent eye injury. If you breath in the vapors, immediately move to fresh air and ventilate the room. Seek immediate medical attention if your skin becomes damaged from contact with acetone.