How to Remove Hair Spray Stains


Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains.
Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains.
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­Hair spray gives you that perfect hold your hair needs for your night out on the town. But when you lose your grip on the hair spray can while you're getting ready, don't let that minor slip ruin your fun. Here are some tips to remember to clean hair spray from any surface.

The first step in removing hair spray stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become hair spray-stained, with steps on how to remove hair spray stains from each:

  • Fabrics and fibers such as Acetate, Acrylic Fabric, Carpet/Synthetic, Carpet/Wool, Cotton, Fiberglass, Linen, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, Spandex, Triacetate or Wool ­
  • Hard surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Alabaster, Aluminum, Bamboo, Cane, Ceramic, Glass/Tile, Cork, Glass, Grout, Linoleum, Marble, Paint/Flat, Paint/Gloss, Plexiglas, Polyurethane,Porcelain Fixtures, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Tile or Vinyl Wallcovering
  • Leather or Suede
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood

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Fabrics and Fibers

Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains from Acetate, Acrylic Fabric, Carpet/Synthetic, Carpet/Wool, Cotton, Fiberglass, Linen, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Rayon, Silk, Spandex, Triacetate, Wool:

  • Wipe up any excess spray.
  • Sponge (the method of using light strokes with a dampened pad working outward from the center of the stain) the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent such as Afta Cleaning Fluid.
  • For silk, apply cleaners such as K2r Spot Lifter (except on acetate blends).
  • Apply a dry spotter to the area and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with dry spotter.
  • Let the cover stay in place as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
  • Keep both the pad and stained area moist with dry spotter.
  • On stronger fabrics, tamp (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials) any dried spray to help loosen it.
  • Flush (the method of applying stain remover to loosen staining materials and residue from stain removers) the area with one of the liquid dry-cleaning solvents (or reapply cleaners such as K2r Spot Lifter on silk).
  • If any stain remains, sponge the stain with water and apply a wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia. (Do not use ammonia on silk or wool.)
  • Cover the stain with an absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter.
  • Keep the pad in place as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
  • Keep both the stain and pad moist with dry spotter and ammonia mixture.
  • Flush with water when stain has disappeared.

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Hard Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains from Acrylic Plastic, Alabaster, Aluminum, Bamboo, Cane, Ceramic, Glass/Tile, Cork, Glass, Grout, Linoleum, Marble, Paint/Flat, Paint/Gloss, Plexiglas, Polyurethane,Porcelain Fixtures, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Tile, Vinyl Wallcovering:

  • Wipe up the excess with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry.

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Leather or Suede

Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains from leather or suede:

  • Carefully test the effects of a dry-cleaning solvent in an inconspicuous place.
  • Using a clean cloth, carefully dab a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent on the stain.
  • Allow it to air dry and then condition as usual.

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Wallpaper

Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains from wallpaper:

  • Carefully wipe up any excess spray.
  • With a cloth or sponge dampened with cool clear water, wipe the stained area.
  • Be sure to overlap strokes to prevent streaking.
  • Use a soft dry cloth to gently pat dry.

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Wood

Follow these steps to remove hair spray stains from wood:

  • Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds.
  • Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply.
  • Rinse with a clean cloth moistened with clear water.
  • Polish or wax as soon as possible.

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