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Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

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Unfortunately while using hair spray to style your hair, the spray can get on walls and other surfaces. This is a guide about removing hairspray build up on walls.
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September 10, 2009

How do you remove hairspray that's on walls?

By jmcrober from Turlock, CA

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September 11, 20090 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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By 0 found this helpful
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

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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.

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By guest (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.

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January 31, 20060 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.

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By guest (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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By guest (Guest Post)
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.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 2, 20070 found this helpful

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

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By guest (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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By guest (Guest Post)
October 4, 20080 found this helpful

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

Thanks

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Anonymous
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!!!

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Anonymous
December 30, 20150 found this helpful

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

Thanks!!!

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November 4, 20160 found this helpful

What kind of shaving cream

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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.

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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 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.

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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Comet spray

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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 up..you 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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September 10, 20090 found this helpful

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

Richelle from Orem, UT

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Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

Baking soda in water works great. (09/16/2007)

By mz thang

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

The fabric softener and water have worked. I have been battling this for a year. Alcohol removed the paint. Nothing else worked. We had to repaint the wall. Thanks so much for the suggestion. (01/07/2008)

By guest

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

This truly works.
My guess is you've got mirrors hanging in front of those areas, and guests are spritzing there instead of in the bathroom. To remove the sticky stuff without harming the wood's finish, dampen a terry or microfiber cloth with some isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) and rub over the surface. Wipe with a dampened cloth, then dry with a clean, absorbent cloth. If the area still feels tacky, sponge it down with hot water mixed with a few drops of liquid dish soap. Wipe and dry. Waxing or polishing the woodwork will make it easier to clean the next time. (02/10/2008)

By phyllis m

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

Thanks SweetCali40. That's the best tip I have tried yet, and I'm trying to get years of build up off our floors. I have recently married and my husband although a clean person did not do windows and floors. So for years there has been layer over layer of hairspray gathering on the floors in our bathrooms. I have tried countless things and always ended up with sticky floors, but not much else. With a little elbow grease and your recipe of 1 part fabric softener, and 2 parts water I succeeded.

I not only have lifted most of the film, but also have a most wonderful smelling bathroom. Although I realize I will have to apply this a second time to lift the rest of the layers I am extremely pleased with the results so far. The floor looks much cleaner already. Many thanks to you. (02/23/2008)

By Dancer

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

Does anyone know how to get hairspray off your bathroom wall without stripping the paint off too? I never realized how bad my wall looks from me using hair spray to get my hair ready in the mornings!

Mandi from Erie

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Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

Removing Hairspray Residue. You can use this formula to remove hair spray residue from any hard surface -- vanities, tile, floors, walls, etc. Mix a solution of 1/3 liquid fabric softener and 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray on the surface to be cleaned, and wipe. Not only does it remove hair spray, it also acts as a dust repellent and shines vanities beautifully.

http://www.queenofclean.com/tips/bath.html

By SweetCali40

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

Spray vinegar on the wall and wipe off. tough areas may need to be scraped with an old credit card or something like it but vinegar works, is cheap, safe and the smell evaporates.

By tardev

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

Be careful with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on color painted walls. I tried this and it left white streaks on my dark red wall. Oops! Works great on white walls though. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser also works wonders on taking rub marks, door dings, etc off my white car.

By Michele

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

I tried using Mr. Clean Eraser and it didn't do anything. Going to try shampoo and water, if this doesn't work someone posted to try alcohol. I will try anything at this point without having to paint my walls.
Thanks.

By Effie

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

I tried the rubbing alcohol. It didn't remove the hairspray, but it did remove paint!

By Guest

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

The BEST and easiest way to remove hairspray from anything is to make a paste of nothing but water & baking soda. make it pretty thick and then rub it in. Let it set a minute or two then wash off. This works on walls, sinks, mirrors, even your barrettes, curling irons/brushes, etc.
If you have a lot of build-up on your hair, get a small cup (like a dixie cup or something), pour in double the amount of shampoo you normally use, then mix in baking soda...make it like 2 parts shampoo and one part baking soda. spread evenly on your hair. Let it set a good while. My hair is long & thick and it had a lot of build-up and it took 45 minutes. It just depends on how long/thick/thin your hair is and the amount of build up you have. After that, rinse VERY GOOD...then, wash again as normal and then condition it . You will see a HUGE difference. It will not effect perms/haircolor or anything. Baking soda just dissolves the hairspray.

Our salons around here do this 'hair-treatment' and charge high prices for it. I promise---this really works. I have never met one person that this has not worked on. Hope this helps.

By jenjoejace

WARNING: Mr Clean Magic Erasers

Be careful using Mr Clean Magic Erasers in your home. If you do use it, wear disposable gloves and wash the area you rubbed with the pad.
These pads contain formaldehyde, a known toxic carcenogin.

By Brian

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October 26, 20060 found this helpful

I have a small bathroom with the wall behind me getting a good coating of hair spray everyday when I get ready. The wall is a light yellow and the spots are showing up WAY too clearly! How do I remove this without ruining the paint?

Thanks,
Paula in GA

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I am a retired hairdresser...

I am a retired hairdresser and salon owner. I often had a problem with a hairspray and other hair product buildup in some of my customers hair. I mixed about a tsp. baking soda in with with the 1st. lather of shampoo, I don't see why this wouldn't work on painted walls. You might try a small inconspicuous place to test it before doing the entire wall. I used this on my counter tops and chairs as well. Hope this helps. (12/01/2000)

By Ann

Shampoo

Try using shampoo diluted with warm water to remove shampoo from bathroom walls. (12/01/2000)

By Dee

Try wiping the walls...

Try wiping the walls with a damp sponge and a little baking soda or ammonia. It will help if you do this after a hot steaming bath or shower.(12/01/2000)

By Kathy Cohen - Northfield, Vermont

To remove the hairspray:

To remove the hairspray build up wipe the area with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol works for me. (12/01/2000)

By Mabel

Hairspray Build Up on Walls

I've tried some water with a little shampoo. Shampoo is designed to take care of product build up so it works well on hairsrpay on walls and mirrors. Just wash surface, rince and wipe dry! (11/09/2004)

By R Walker

Hairspray Build Up on Walls

Use a Mr Clean Erasor. They work wonders! (06/27/2005)

By denise

Removing Hairspray Build Up on Walls

I just wipe down walls and counters with rubbing alcohol. It is cheap and has never damaged the paint. Be sure to wipe it off well with clear hot soapy water after you remove the sticky spray. It can also be used to wipe hair spray build up on a curling iron.

Warning: Work in an open area and never have an open flame or light cigaretts while working with alcohol. (07/05/2005)

By j walker

Removing Hairspray Build Up on hair

Thank you ANN (retired hairdresser) for your comments about removing hairspray build up in the hair. I have been trying to find the best and safest way to accomplish this and shampooing alone does not seem to be working. The worst part is that the build up is only in my bangs, which of course is the 1st thing everyone sees. I will try the baking soda idea tonight. (07/05/2006)

By Patty

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