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Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to Remove Hairspray Residue from Floor

I'm going to share something very unflattering in this post. You will see me {or rather my bathroom floor} at it's worst.

Here's the before and after of my bathroom floor.

Since I found a great solution, I thought there might be others who would benefit. Even if it is embarrassing to show you.

We have lived in our house for over 10 years now. The main bathroom is the one that we all use. We all fix our hair in there. As a result, over the years the hairspray buildup had gotten ridiculous. Myself or the kids mop it regularly, but it just wouldn't come up with our regular floor cleaner. The before picture above was taken right after mopping.

So I decided to do a little experiment. {And I wish I would have thought about this a few months ago when my daughter had to do a science experiment for school.} I scoured the internet for solutions. I found tons of advice for different products to use, which were all household items. I gathered everything up in the bathroom. I had several bowls and spoons to stir up the different ingredients.

In each square of the floor I tried a different concoction. I scrubbed each section with an old toothbrush for one minute to see which would work best.

{Scroll down to see the results picture}

1 - Shampoo - This was recommended because it gets hairspray build up out of your hair. It did NOT work. Not even a little bit.

2 - Vinegar and baking soda with a splash of lemon juice - I made into a paste. This was also a failed attempt.

3 - Baking Soda and Water Paste - This worked fairly well. When I started scrubbing it, I noticed that it had started working a bit where it had been sitting.

4 - Rubbing Alcohol - This worked ok - but it was messy and smelly. {As a side note, I used rubbing alcohol to get some hairspray buildup off of the door - be careful with it, it got off the hairspray, but it also got some of the paint too.}

5 - Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste - I thought this would work better than #3, because of the lemon juice, but it didn't work as well.

6 - Mr. Clean Magic Erasers - I actually used the generic version erasers. It kind of worked, but after only a minute my arm was tired. I couldn't imagine trying to do the whole floor that way.

7 - Borax and Water Paste - This was hands down the best cleaner. There was a huge difference where the borax had been sitting and you can see in the picture below that I got a lot more of the square cleaned in one minute.

8 - Rubbing Alcohol and Baking Soda Paste - This was an after thought. I thought that if the rubbing alcohol was mixed with something to make it less messy and give it something abrasive to scrub with, it would work better. And it did work better than plain rubbing alcohol, but it was too smelly to try to clean my whole floor that way.

Two other ideas that I did not try:

Ammonia - this was recommended with the caution that it might discolor your floor. I decided not to try it.

Shaving Cream - I didn't have any, so I didn't try this.

So the verdict is Borax and Water Paste! I cleaned the whole floor with it. I used a toothbrush to scrub, until my husband reminded me of a little scrub brush we had. Then it went a lot faster although it still was not a speedy process.

I will continue mopping as before each week. But once a month I will be making some borax mop water by adding some borax to hot water. I'm hoping that this will keep the hairspray residue from building up so badly.

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