Tom asked: How do I remove spray on sunscreen from a tile floor? My daughter has been using spray on sunscreen in the kitchen. The area where she’s been doing this has a thin, sticky film that I can’t seem to scrub off the floor. It’s waterproof, of course, so any type of soap and water doesn’t work. It won’t go away, and the stickiness attracts dirt like a magnet. Please help.
Spray on sunscreen is meant to stay in place no matter what elements it is exposed to. While this is a great feature for sun protection, it can make it difficult to remove from other surfaces. Though it may seem harmless, over time, sunscreen can leave a stain if allowed to set on a surface. It is best to remove it promptly and completely following the instructions below.
You Will Need:
- Soap or detergent
- Household ammonia
- Soft cloths or sponges
- Soft towels
Steps to Remove the Sunscreen:
- Fill the bucket with warm to hot water.
- Add the appropriate amount of soap or detergent.
- Add a small amount of ammonia to the water. This is the component that will help to cut through the water-proof barrier of the sunscreen.
- Agitate the water to mix the soap and ammonia.
- Moisten the soft cloth or sponge with the mixture and use it to gently scrub the area clean. Repeat until all of the sunscreen is removed.
- Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and a clean cloth.
- Dry with a soft towel.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- For a quick clean-up, spray the area with Windex and wipe with a soft cloth. The ammonia in the Windex may be enough to cut through the sunscreen so that it can be removed.