Q: I accidentally spilled a bottle of dark mauve nail polish on my love seat and clothing. How do I get it off? A: If it were just a drop...

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Q: I accidentally spilled a bottle of dark mauve nail polish on my love seat and clothing. How do I get it off?

A: If it were just a drop or two, you might easily be able to remove the stain completely. A whole bottle? That’s a real challenge.

Cheryl Mendelson, author of “Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes & Linens” has a recommendation for removing nail-polish stains:

“Try nail-polish remover, but do not use on acetate or triacetate fabrics. Place the stain face-down on paper towels and flush with remover. Replace paper towels regularly. Repeat until stain disappears; rinse and launder. Some polishes may be impossible to remove.”

That final sentence is not exactly encouraging. I suggest starting with the clothing. If the stain-removal method works, move on to the love seat. However, such a large stain might require the help of a professional dry cleaner.

Q: I love the look of boots but just can’t seem to find any that are comfortable. I try them on in the store and they feel fine, but later they’re too uncomfortable to wear. What’s going on?

A: Because boots are more confining than shoes, they pose more challenges. Feet tend to swell inside boots. When that happens, it’s not possible to simply kick them off, as with pumps, or loosen a strap, as with sandals.

Shop for boots late in the day when your feet are more likely to be a bit swollen. Try on the boots wearing the hosiery you normally wear with boots, especially if it’s thick socks. Avoid styles with pointy toes and tight legs. For stability, look for a wide heel less than 2 inches high. Before buying, walk on a hard surface, not plush carpeting.

If there’s so much as a hint of discomfort, do not purchase the boots. The notion that footwear must be “worn in” is nonsense.

Fashion writer Jean Patteson welcomes questions. Mail: Orlando Sentinel, MP-240, P.O. Box 2833, Orlando, FL 32802-2833. Call 407-420-5158. E-mail: jpatteson@orlandosentinel.com.