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Where my 80s hair women at? Some of us have never fallen out of love with big hair, even if our hair isn’t as long or lush as it was in our spiral perm days. Even so, you’ve probably found yourself in the same boat I have, wondering how to remove hairspray from walls.

Even when you’re careful using it, the stuff gets all over the place! In most cases, it only takes a few minutes and some common household items to do this task. Wish I could say the same thing about growing back my hair. (Yeah, I’m salty about that pixie cut.)

Tips on Getting Hairspray Off Walls

As with most chores, this is easiest if you do it regularly. So, try to make it part of your bathroom cleaning routine. If you’re doing it before painting or wallpapering, give your walls a full 24 hours to fully dry out. Oh, and be sure to do a spot test either way: you don’t want to have to repaint if you hadn’t planned on it.

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.

Lather, Rinse. Repeat?

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.

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 is one of the tricks to cleaning walls that prevents drip marks and streaks.)

Rubbing Alcohol to the Rescue.

Know what the main ingredient in most hairspray is? Alcohol. It’s also a solvent, so you can use it to dissolve the hairspray. Just dampen a cloth with some, rub it on the hairspray spots, then immediately wipe water to rinse.

A Little Laundry Liquid

The surfactants in fabric softeners do a great job of loosening hairspray and other grime. If you have liquid fabric softener, use 1 part for every 2 parts of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it on, wipe with a microfiber cloth, the rinse. No fabric softener? Rub a wet used dryer sheet over the spot then rinse.

Removing Hairspray From Papered Walls

You don’t want to saturate wallpaper or you might damage it, so use as little water as possible. And be sure to do a spot test first!

Using Baking Soda

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 don’t feel any grit from the baking soda.

Dry Cleaning Sponge

Another way to remove hairspray from wallpaper is by pressing a damp rubber dry cleaning sponge against the spot. These sponges are less abrasive than melamine or Magic Erasers, so they’re less likely to damage your wallpaper. Their rubbery texture does a great job at lifting hairspray spots from walls, though.

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