If you use hairspray, then you’ve probably found yourself wondering how to remove hairspray from walls. Even when you’re careful using it, the stuff gets all over the place!
Taking the time to remove hairspray carefully will improve your bathroom’s appearance. It is also an essential step before repainting if you want your new paint job to last.
How to Remove Hairspray From Walls
Spot Test First
Before using each of the methods below, spot test your wall in an inconspicuous place to make sure your paint or wallpaper is colorfast.
Failing to spot test could result in damage or discoloration, which means you’ll wind up with a worse-looking bathroom wall than if you hadn’t tried removing hairspray from the walls in the first place.
Removing Hairspray From Painted Walls
When removing hairspray from painted walls, the trick is not scrubbing too hard so you don’t damage the paint’s finish. Start with the shampoo method — it’s often enough to fix the problem. If that doesn’t work, then move on to the other methods after allowing your walls time to dry.
Think about it: washing your hair removes hairspray, so why not try the same route to remove hairspray from walls? For this, you want to go with a cheap shampoo since they’re usually loaded with detergents.
- Just add one tablespoon of shampoo to a spray bottle of warm water.
- Spray the wall liberally, then wipe clean from the bottom up using a microfiber cleaning cloth. (Working from the bottom up prevents drip marks on your walls.)
Using Rubbing Alcohol
- Take a long, hot shower or just run the shower on hot until the bathroom is thick with steam.
- Dampen a microfiber cloth with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol and rub it gently on the walls.
- Immediately wipe the area with a fresh microfiber cloth dampened with plain water.
- Run your hand along the wall to feel for any remaining sticky hairspray residue. If you find some, go over the area again with first the alcohol-dampened cloth then the clean, damp cloth.
Once you’ve removed all sticky residue, be sure to turn on your bathroom’s exhaust fan to remove the rest of the steam and discourage mildew.
Using Fabric Softener
The surfactants in fabric softener do a great job of loosening hairspray and other grime.
- In a spray bottle combine 1 part fabric softener and 2 parts warm water.
- Lightly mist the walls then wipe from bottom to top with a damp microfiber cloth.
- Follow with a clean, wet cloth to remove the fabric softener residue, too.
Removing Hairspray From Papered Walls
With papered walls, you don’t want to saturate the area or you risk damaging the glue that fastens the wallpaper to the wall. So, work gently and use as little water as possible.
Using Baking Soda
Given the abrasiveness of baking soda, it’s vital that you conduct a spot test before trying this method.
- Make a runny paste of baking soda and water.
- Lightly apply the paste to the wall using a clean, soft cloth. Work gently in a circular motion. Do not scrub.
- Wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth until you do not feel any remaining baking soda.
Using a Magic Eraser
If you have washable vinyl wallpaper, a melamine sponge or “Magic Eraser” will easily remove hairspray from bathroom walls. Like baking soda, though, these are abrasive so be sure to spot test first.
Wet the eraser in warm water and lightly wipe the spots away.
Finish by wiping the surface with a clean, damp cloth.