How to Remove Hairspray

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.


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.

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