Hairspray is basically spray lacquer in fine mist form. After years of repeated exposure, it can accumulate on walls, floors, counter tops and any surface within range, leaving behind a dull and, sometimes, sticky yellow buildup. Because of its chemical ability to form a seal, longstanding hair spray residue is resistant to normal soap and water. But, with a little elbow grease and the right cleaners, you can remove hairspray's hold on your home.

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Step 1

To clean hairspray from non-wood floors, wipe clean with rubbing alcohol. Use a soft toothbrush for cleaning between linoleum grooves. Rinse with warm water or wash the floor with its regular cleanser.

Step 2

To remove hairspray from walls and finished surfaces, fill a spray bottle with 1/3 liquid fabric softener and 2/3 water. Spray the area and wipe with a nonabrasive cloth. Repeat as often as necessary. Rinse with a warm, damp cloth.

Step 3

To wipe hairspray from counters, use rubbing alcohol or a solution of white vinegar and water. Repeat as often as necessary. Rinse with a warm, damp cloth.