How to Remove Hairspray From a Bathroom Door

By James Clark

Getting rid of sticky, dried hairspray residue requires a little elbow grease and some rubbing alcohol. Hairspray often gets on bathroom doors and surrounding woodwork because a mirror is nearby and someone is primping in front of it and lets the aerosol spray can get a little out of control. Rubbing alcohol is safe for wood finishes, although you would be wise to try it first on an inconspicuous spot if the bathroom door is painted.

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Step 1

Pour about a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol onto a wad of paper towels and test the alcohol on an inconspicuous part of the door to ensure it won't harm the finish.

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Step 2

Rub the sticky hairspary residue with the paper towels soaked in alcohol until the hairspary film is lifted away.

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Step 3

Use warm water and a drop or two of liquid dishwashing soap to remove any remaining hairspray with a sponge.

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Step 4

Dry the door with towels.

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Step 5

Polish the door lightly with furniture wax, which will make it easier to deal with future mishaps involving hairspray.