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Removing Hair Spray from Furniture

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Hair spray is sticky and sometimes difficult to remove. That is why it's best to avoid getting it on your furniture. This is a guide about removing hair spray from furniture.


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By 4 found this helpful
September 12, 2016

How do I clean a fake leather sofa with hair spray on it?


November 8, 20162 found this helpful

I am a hairdresser at a nursing home and my black leather chair in the shop is full of hairspray buildup Can u please tell me what to use in order to clean this sticky hairspray off this chair. Thank you. Rosemarie Colonero

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November 10, 20161 found this helpful

how do i clean hair spray off of fake leather

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November 11, 20162 found this helpful

how do you remove hair spray off a leather sofa

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June 23, 20171 found this helpful

Use hot water hotter the better wear rubber gloves and a scrubber . It melts the hairspray and makes it look like glue. Hard work but worth it

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July 1, 20170 found this helpful

I use The Salon Chair Guys Saon Chair Cleaner. It's available on Amazon.

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April 29, 20180 found this helpful

My Moms leather chair had thick hairspray buildup on it where she has rested her head as well as taken a nap since shes had it. I tried to clean it with just cleaner but it just turned kinda white & really sticky. I had heard about vinegar & olive oil so I gave it a try with 1 part olive oil & 3 parts vinegar. I put some gloves on(like medical latex gloves) & used a washcloth to let the solution soak into it.


The acid in the vinegar breaks up the hairspray I guess because it started coming loose and I could peel off the thickest parts then I scraped it with my nails & the cloth. It looks gross coming off but now her chair looks new again. Afterwards I washed off the area with some mild soapy water to get rid of the vinegar smell, then wiped it down with a little bit of olive oil on a paper towel to condition the leather. Looks so nice again & shines.

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May 21, 20180 found this helpful

For getting hairspray off furniture as well as countertops and makeup bottles use makeup removers nothing expensive but it seems to work for me.

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June 3, 20180 found this helpful

How to remove hair spray from leather chair?

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December 6, 20112 found this helpful

I have sofa chair with hairspray on a big area of where your head lays. Somebody has tried to removed it, but it turned white like and kind of soaked in hard. Any suggestions of what I can used to get it off.


By Morgan W.


December 7, 20110 found this helpful

Sponge with rubbing alcohol.

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June 9, 20162 found this helpful

use shampoo straight from the bottle, let sit for awhile, rinse with damp cloth . yea all gone

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October 9, 20160 found this helpful

I have a faux leather chair with soaked in hairspray which has hardened. How do you remove it?

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October 22, 20160 found this helpful

A lot of work involved..It got some off but that's all

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April 22, 20150 found this helpful

I have a hairspray stain on my leather couch right where my head lays. How can I remove it?

By Shirley B


November 22, 20170 found this helpful

Try a leather cleaner like Guardsman

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September 23, 2010

I have hairspray build up on a nice wood sofa table. It has been there quite awhile and just today I figured out it had to be hairspray as that is the area I go to get my husband to spray my hair.



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June 18, 20091 found this helpful

I am having trouble with getting hair spray off my daughter's dresser. I don't have a clue to what to clean it with. It's on the mirror as well. Hope some of you good readers can help me clean up the build up.

Thanks for your help.

Teresa from VA


Removing Hair Spray From Furniture

Without knowing what the dresser is made of I'd recommend plain hot water and a washcloth. As for the mirror, you can use rubbing alcohol, ammonia, whatever. If that fails, you can always use a razor to scrape it. (12/29/2004)

By Kayla

Removing Hair Spray From Furniture

Use alcohol in a spray bottle to get hair spray off any surfaces that can be wet. (12/30/2004)


By Shirley B.

Removing Hair Spray From Furniture

I used to be a hair dresser a long time ago, and I learned to get rid of build up hair spray in hair to use baking soda. So maybe it will work on the dresser. Make a thin paste of baking soda and warm water, cover the area and let it sit a minute. Then wipe it away you may have to do this a few times depending on how bad the build up is, and after you remove the hair spray use a good furniture polish to bring back the shine. Baking soda will take out all of the hair spray in the hair so you could try this. Good luck. (12/31/2004)

Removing Hair Spray From Furniture

I also had this problem with the doorknobs and the floor in my bathroom, where I spray my hair. I can't remember if I used rubbing alcohol or the foam bathroom cleaner in a can. I think either one of those, will work. It's worth a try.

By Jeanette

Removing Hair Spray From Furniture

I tried baking soda. It worked somewhat, but was extremely labor intensive. I had a can of Pledge furniture polish to use after I removed the hair spray. By accident I sprayed Pledge on an area where there was hair spray and noticed that it removed most of the hair spray. Throw out the baking soda solution. I then used Pledge on the rest of the job and it worked like a charm and didn't have to worry about furniture finish.


Here's how I did it. I got an old toothbrush sprayed Pledge on about a 2x2 area let it soak into the hair spray about 30 sec. then used toothbrush to loosen the hair spray wiped off with a paper towel and completed the job is no time at all. It actually worked like magic. Hope this helps you out.

The dresser was cherry wood and the hair spray had been caked on for years. (10/31/2007)

By Al

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September 23, 20100 found this helpful

How do you remove hairspray residue from an oak stand?

By Merry from Gray, ME


Removing Hair Spray from Furniture

Have you tried Murphy's Oil Soap for wood? A lemon oil should do the trick also I would think. Simple Green is an oil based product so it wouldn't hurt the oak, use regular furniture polish after cleaning with Simple Green if you try it. Good luck. (12/05/2009)

By Ann Winberg

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December 2, 20090 found this helpful

Anyone know of a way to get hairspray off of wood dressers?

By Llinda from Cleveland, OH


Removing Hair Spray from Furniture

Rubbing alcohol applied with cotton swab, and rubbed dry with towel? (10/09/2009)


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October 5, 20090 found this helpful

I recently got quite a bit of hair spray and a tiny bit of nail polish on my brown, leather sofa and my lamp, which is metal (don't know what kind, it's the base of the lamp) with a dull-brass shade.

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