How to Get Sticky Hair Spray Off Bathroom Tile Floors

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Sticky hair spray leaves tacky stains on your bathroom floor.
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No matter how many times you've gone through your hairstyling routine, it can seem like that can of hair spray is becoming more of a foe than friend. Although it can transform any hairstyle, your favorite hair spray is bound to end up on your bathroom walls and tiled floor. The next time your extra-hold hair spray ends up turning your bathroom tiles into a sticky mess, just remember, it's not that difficult to get hair spray off bathroom tiles.

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Remove Hairspray Using Borax

To clean the hair spray off your bathroom floor, mix 1 tablespoon of borax in a pint of warm water. Use an old toothbrush to apply the borax mixture and scrub the grout until it's clean. Next, use a sponge to thoroughly clean the tile with the mixture. When cleaning tile floors, it's best to work tile by tile instead of pouring the entire mixture on the floor.

By working from one tile to the next, you'll be able to fully clean the tiles that actually have hairspray on them. When the tiles are completely clean, wipe them down one more time with a damp cloth to ensure they're of any borax residue. Then let the tiles air-dry or wipe them down with a clean, dry cloth.

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Remove Hairspray Using Shampoo

Another method you can use to get sticky hair spray off bathroom tiles is by cleaning the area with shampoo. Just think about it — if shampoo can get the gunk off your hair, it will work on your floor too. Instead of using expensive shampoo, purchase an inexpensive brand to get the job done. First, lightly pour or squirt shampoo on the tiles and grout that are covered in hair spray and let it sit for 25 minutes.

Then use a damp sponge to work the shampoo into suds. You don't want the sponge to be soaked with water, but you do want it to be wet enough to create a lather. Once the floor is lathered up, run an old toothbrush under warm water and use it to scrub the tile and grout. Toothbrushes work best because sponges and cloths can't get into grout crevices like a toothbrush can.

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After you scrub the tile and grout with the toothbrush, rinse out your sponge and use clean water to rinse the shampoo off. Although it can be tedious, keep rinsing the sponge until you get rid of all traces of shampoo. Once the shampoo is thoroughly rinsed away, wipe down the tile and grout with a dry cloth.

Tile Care Tips

Sweep your bathroom floors regularly. You can also use a vacuum on the hard surface setting if you prefer that method of getting rid of everyday dirt and debris.

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To maintain your bathroom tiles' longevity, always test cleaning products on inconspicuous areas just in case the product doesn't work well with your tile. Last, never use steel wool or scouring powders to clean your tile because these harsh products will damage your floor.

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Allanah Dykes is a freelance writer and her work has been featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, Popsugar, Complex, Gurl, The Kitchn, HelloGiggles, Revelist, and Food 52.