How to Remove Hairspray Build Up from Metal
Diane asked: What will remove dried hairspray on the metal part around a glass shower door?
Hairspray build up is a common problem in all areas of the bathroom. If your metal trim or fixtures have developed a layer of white, flaky build up, it’s time for a deep cleaning. Fortunately, it won’t take any magical cleaning mixtures, just your regular cleaning routine and perhaps a little extra time. Here’s what to do.
You Will Need:
- All purpose bathroom or shower cleaner
- Soft cloths or sponges
- Bucket (or just fill the tub with some water)
- Nylon or other non-abrasive scrubbing pad or
- Scrub brush
Steps to Remove the Hairspray:
- Though hairspray builds up, it is water soluble, and can be removed with a little time.
- Moisten the areas with build up with hot water.
- Allow the water to soak so that it can penetrate the hair spray. Do NOT allow it to dry again.
- Once moistened, use a soft brush or cloth to wipe as much of the hair spray away as possible.
- Spray the bathroom cleaner over the area. Apply a liberal layer.
- Allow it to soak in for a minute or two and loosen the bond of the hairspray.
- Use the non-abrasive scrubbing pad to gently scrub the build-up away.
- Repeat as needed until the hairspray is removed.
- Once clean, rinse the metal completely and dry with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the bathroom cleaner does not remove the hairspray, try mixing shampoo with water. Add a small amount of ammonia for a cleaning boost.
- If the hairspray has been present for some time, it will take some time to remove it. Plan to complete several repeated cleanings to remove it all.
- The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is safe to use on metal surfaces and works well for removing build up. Combine it with the bathroom cleaner for extra cleaning power.
- Be sure to rinse the metal completely. Allowing the cleaning products to remain on the surface for too long, or to dry on the surface, can result in damage.