Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

September 10, 2009

A girl spraying hairspray.How do you remove hairspray that's on walls?

By Carol from Turlock, CA



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September 11, 20091 found this helpful
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I like to use a spray-on bathroom cleaner (like Dow's Scrubbing Bubbles or the dollar store equivalent). A second option is to put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle then spray & wipe, but the bathroom cleaner works wonders & will clean practically anything!

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January 30, 2006

I have noticed lately that on my bathroom walls from using the pump hairspray I have little hairspray drops now on my walls. Does anyone have a rememdy to take it off without removing the paint? Hope you can help.

Mandi from PA


January 30, 20060 found this helpful

Having cleaned the beauty shop that my mom used to manage, I learned very quickly that using shampoo diluted in warm water does the best. It is also the best way to clean combs and brushes with hairspray build up.

By Cate (Guest Post)
January 31, 20060 found this helpful

I have a tiny bathroom; guests using hairspray cannot avoid spraying the walls. I just use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge kept in the room...wet it, wipe...comes right off.

January 31, 20062 found this helpful

Good old rubbing alcohol works to get hairspray off walls, mirrors and the build up from hairbrushes. But for painted walls check in a hidden area first, if you rub hard it might remove the paint.

By Ricki (Guest Post)
January 31, 20060 found this helpful

Cheap shaving cream will remove stubborn hairspray off walls, mirrors, sinks, floors, etc. Works every time. One cheap can lasts!!

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August 24, 20060 found this helpful

Magic Eraser is wonderful for some things but for this problem it didn't budge off of my walls.


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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

Fantastic worked for me a few weeks ago on a bathroom mirror. I'm sure it would work on walls too.

By M. Johnson (Guest Post)
September 2, 20070 found this helpful

Do not use hairspray on painted walls, it will take the paint off.

By Linda (Guest Post)
January 27, 20080 found this helpful

The shaving cream really works to take hairspray marks off bathroom walls - thank you for the tip, curious how you ever came up with this quick fix.

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October 4, 20080 found this helpful

I tried shaving cream and could not believe my eyes.....It actually worked.


November 9, 20150 found this helpful

Who would of thunk it? I have used bleach soft scrub and everything I could think of - not all at once. One light scrubbing with my husbands shaving cream and it's smooth as new. Thank you!!!

December 30, 20150 found this helpful

I, too, tried shaving cream...HOLY CRAP!!! It's AMAZING and works fast!


November 4, 20160 found this helpful

What kind of shaving cream

May 10, 20180 found this helpful

I tried this and it did not work

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August 24, 2017

I have a husband that uses a lot of hairspray on his "hair". So I have a ton of build up on the floor and wall and door in his bathroom.

I just can't stand it. Is there a sure fire way to get this stuff gone?


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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

Use a spray bottle of vinegar and water and wipe down the walls.Use vinegar and water with some dish soap for the floors. Let the water sit on floors for 10 minutes then mop up.

August 24, 20170 found this helpful

I use a nylon scrubber and ammonia or vinegar


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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

I use a nylon scrubber and ammonia or vinegar


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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

I usually clean the area first and let it dry. Afterwards, I mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 4 cups of water. I then clean the sticky mess with this mixture. If you have a major build up of hair spray you will need to pour the mixture on the surface and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.


This will dissolve the hair spray.


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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 1/3 shampoo to 2/3 water and shake. Spray the shampoo mixture on the walls, doors, floors, wherever. Let sit for a minute or two. Using a sponge, scrub the shampoo mixture off.

August 28, 20170 found this helpful

Make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub lightly with a damp cloth dipped in the baking soda paste. If you rub to hard it can damage the texture on some ceilings. If you see that starting to happen, add a bit more water to loosen the psste.The grain of the soda cuts thru the build can also make a solution of about 3 parts water, to 1 part baking soda, to rinse hairspray build up out of your hair.

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Anybody have any suggestions on getting hairspray residue off the walls in the bathroom.


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