Hairsprays have brought a revolution to the fashion industry, where there are back-to-back fashion walks lined up.
However, in bathrooms, hairspray tends to adopt different nature.
Hairsprays are polymers condensed that are dispersed in the open air and do not cause much damage. Still, when used in bathrooms, they tend to have a very different effect.
Hairsprays are generally had two types of chemical compositions. The water-soluble polymers and non-soluble polymer.
These hairsprays, of course, have a different texture to the hair, which is why they are so extensively used.
The Water-Soluble Hairsprays
The water-soluble hairsprays do not build up in the bathrooms as they are washed away along with water, may they be on the floor or the walls.
However, you would find very limited variants of water-soluble hairsprays such as shine & spray.
Not only are they light, but they also have very little residue hold, which holds the effect on the hair.
The Insoluble Hairsprays
The hairsprays with a higher concentration of polymers do not dissolve in water. Excess use of hair spray for a consecutive period causes the polymer to build that we also call “Overspray.”
All major brands work on the products for maximum hold and stay. This means a higher residue ratio and polymer concentration.
These hairsprays create a layer over walls and the floors, which require attention.
Why Is It Necessary To Save Your Bathrooms From Overspray?
We have been dealing with bathroom problems for a long time. Most of it included mildew and mold problems that grew in the bathrooms.
The question comes down to how to get rid of the hair spray deposited on your walls and floors. I do understand that you might think why it is necessary.
Polymers are synthetic chemicals that create a shield or barrier against water and make the floor and wall water repellent.
This will not only make the floor slippery but also will be hazardous to health.
How To Get Rid Of Hairspray Build-Up On Walls And Floors?
For starters, it is not a difficult task and can be done by using the available resources in your house.
Let’s look at these two ways by which you can efficiently and effectively get rid of the hair spray without putting in too much effort.
Step 1 – Using Shampoo Along With Vinegar And Rubbing Alcohol:
Things You Will Be Needed For This Method Are:
- Baby shampoo or sulfate-free shampoo
- White vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol
- Dryer sheets
- Clean pieces of cloth.
How To Do It?
- First of all, take a piece of cloth and dampen it using rubbing alcohol. Since alcohol is a volatile liquid and evaporates very quickly, you might want to hurry up and use the liquid with care.
- Wipe the surfaces, having hair spray build-up, and leave it for a minute or two.
- Mix vinegar with tap water in a bottle, and spray the surface with diluted vinegar spray.
- Take another clean cloth and wipe the surface, sprayed with vinegar solution.
- In a small bowl, add few drops of shampoo and water. Dip the sponge in the soapy liquid and gently rub the desired surface.
- You can later clean the surface with clean running water or wipe the surface using the wipe cloth.
- Use the dryer sheet to wipe and shampoo/ soapy residue left on the surface.
This should make the surface clean and free from any hair spray residue. Vinegar does wonders in many household chores.
It doesn’t only help in cleaning but also serves the purpose of disinfectant. This method does not require you to buy any household products other than the ones already lying around in your house.
However, if the hairspray problem is out of your control for ordinary maintenance, you would want to head out to your nearest supply store.
Step 2 – Mr. Magic Eraser Or Glass Cleaners
Mr. Magic cleaners and Eraser is one of the widely sold kitchens and bathroom cleaners in the market. They come in all varieties and for all sorts of cleaning purposes.
Using Mr. Magic will help you remove hair spray residue from your walls and bathrooms cabinets instantly.
Glass cleaners are believed to clean mirror surfaces but have you ever used them on marble, tiles, or cabinets? You can thank me later for the wonderful gloss I have left you with.
Glass cleaner has a 30% concentration of Isopropyl alcohol, a refined form of rubbing alcohol, usually used for commercial purposes.
This serves the purpose of cleaning and de-mattifying the glossy surfaces. However, it can be used on other surfaces, giving you the most striking results.
Let’s See What We Might Need For This Method:
- 3M / Microfiber drying sheet
- Mr. Magic Eraser / Glass Cleaner (both will work just fine)
- Clean wiping cloths
- Vinegar spray diluted
How To Do It?
- Start off spraying the vinegar solution on the surface that has the hair spray residue accumulated.
- Leave the surface sprayed for 10 – 15 minutes until you see droplets of residue forming.
- Wipe the surface with a clean cloth.
- Take your desired cleaner ( Mr. Magic or Glass cleaner), and spray on the surface generously. Make sure you cover all gaps.
- Leave it on to the surface for some time.
- Take your Microfibre 3M to wipe the surface clean off the cleaner.
- Take a dampened piece of cloth and wipe the surface to get the chemical off, if any remained on the surface.
- Repeat the step of wiping the surface gain using the Microfiber wipe. (You should wash it after wiping the cleaner off the surface).
There you have it. These are the two most effective ways of getting the hair spray residue off the surfaces in your bathrooms.
These strategies work effectively for painted walls or melamine walls on walls with 3D textured wallpaper.
However, other quick methods may be tried, and you guys can share your reviews if they work out fine for you:
Using fabric softener; with 2-part liquids and 1 part softener. Dampen the cloth in the solution and wipe clean the surface.
Using borax; sprinkle borax over the surface you want to clean from hairspray residue or any chemical build-up. Leave it for a while, and scrub it clean using a bristle brush. Make sure you use the brush according to the surface, as you would not want to damage it.
Shaving foam; You can take a generous amount of shaving cream (you should use an inexpensive one as we would not want you to run out of your personal care supplies), cover the surface in a concealing layer, over the surface, you want to clean. Leave it for 10- 15 minutes. After that, wipes the surface clean.
Using Isopropyl Alcohol; Isopropyl alcohol is considerably stronger alcohol, with a higher volatile percentage, which helps clean sticky and icky surfaces clean by just using once on the affected surfaces.
Alcohol and soapy solution; You can clean the surface by forming a diluted solution of alcohol and shampoo in three parts of water.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will alcohol damage my painted wall?
It completely depends upon the type of paint used and the concentration of alcohol used to treat the walls with hair sprays.
While dealing with emulsion paints, it is necessary to use a diluted liquid combination to wipe away the hair spray build-up.
Which shampoos will be best suited to wash my walls?
Any shampoo would do, as long as foam develops that helps wash the hair spray residue built up.
However, you might want to use the shampoo as one part with two parts of water. Using the shampoo as a cleaner itself would stain the surface.
Can we use Baking Soda instead of Borax?
Borax is a more refined version of what baking soda can do. However, if you do not have access to borax, you can always use baking soda.
The procedure is the same, sprinkle or drizzle baking soda over the surface or make a thick paste using one part of water and rub the paste over the surface.
Let it dry, using a bristle brush, best that use a stiff bristle, not a hard one, as you would not want the surface quality to be damaged.
Scrub away the excess and wipe it using a clean cloth.
If I can’t use an alternative for hairsprays, how can I keep my bathrooms clean of residue build-up?
You can use a vinegar spray daily after using the hair spray or do it as a regular practice.
This will keep your bathrooms cleans and save you from any unwanted hairspray residue to deposit on your walls and floors.
Sometimes, such circumstances are unavoidable. We are so caught up in the robotic lifestyle. By modernization, we look for an option that is quicker and convenient.
Hair sprays may revolution the fashion industry, but it is a catastrophe for closed spaces, where these chemicals tend to develop into thick layers.
It is necessary to get rid of these promptly to save your bathroom’s wall, floor, mirrors, surfaces for the polymer build-up.
Those who can’t survive without hair spray are suggested to find a better replacement, such as styling pomades or styling waxes and gels,
Which will not only protect their hair from the harmful chemicals but will also save them a couple of bucks that will be spent in getting those nasty sprays off from the bathroom walls.