If you are a regular user of hairspray, then you will know that no matter how careful you are with the thing, it will get everywhere. It is very easy to get hairspray on your wall and it isn’t a very nice look either.
If you are about to repaint your walls, then this step must be done. Otherwise, the coat of hairspray stuck on the wall will prevent the paint from lasting too long.
So, what can you do to rectify this horrendous situation?
Listed below are ways you can remove hairspray from your walls, depending on what kind of surface the hairspray has adhered to. Just try these out on a small patch of the wall first to test to see if it damages it.
Removing hairspray stains from painted walls
- Using shampoo: This, of course, is an obvious solution as shampoo is what we use to wash off hairspray from our hair in the first place. Hence, theoretically speaking, it should do the same for removing hairspray from walls.
Just mix in 1 tablespoon of any shampoo (a cheap one works well, as it contains a high amount of cleaning agents) with warm water and pour it in a spray bottle for ease of use. Then spray a generous amount on the affected area and allow the solution to do its work. Proceed to wipe the area with a microfiber cloth from the bottom and work your way upwards to clean.
- Using steam: Using steam is a great way to not only get the hairspray to dissolve from the walls but also clean up any dirt from the surface, giving your walls a fresh and clean look. Steam the area thoroughly and then wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth to achieve the desired result.
- Using fabric-softener: Take a spray bottle and pour in fabric softener and water at the ratio 1:2 respectively. Spray a generous amount on top of the affected area and again, wipe it from the bottom and work your way upwards with a damp cleaning cloth. You can follow that by wiping it with a clean microfiber cloth to help it dry faster.
Removing hairspray from wallpapered walls
- Using Baking soda: Baking soda is very abrasive; hence work with caution before proceeding. Mix in an amount of baking soda with water until it becomes a consistent white paste. Spread the paste on the affected area of the wall once you are sure that the baking soda will not ruin your wallpaper. Then, dip a clean microfiber cloth in warm water and proceed to wipe off the baking soda residue.
- Using magic: Try using a magic eraser and the results will astound you. With only water alone, the magic eraser has the capabilities of cleaning even the most stubborn stains of all. Soak your cleaner in warm water and gently wipe away at the affected area with short and quick strokes. Finish it off with a clean microfiber cloth. Again, make sure that this won’t harm your walls as it is just as abrasive as the baking soda.
- Using rubbing alcohol: This is also more on the obvious side. Since hairspray mostly consists of rubbing alcohol, we are going use the technic of dissolving similar substance and substitute it that way. So, in a spray bottle, mix in equal parts of rubbing alcohol and equal parts of warm water. Spray a light coat on top of the affected area and let it sit for a bit. Take a damp microfiber cloth and wipe off the solution from the wall. Finish it off with a clean and dry cloth to help dry faster.
Just like before, make sure that the alcohol solution does not do any harm on the surface you are working with.
You might now be thinking that instead of going through all this hassle, you are just going to give your level best at not getting hairspray on any of the surfaces near you. Well, good luck with that. No matter how much you try, it is bound to sneak past you to your walls.
Once you have found out the right method that works the best, keep a backup of the solution in a spray bottle within reach. That way, it is much less trouble and you end up with a clean wall right away!