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How to Remove Hair Dye from Walls, Sinks, and Floors?

by Madison Reed January 18, 2024

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How to remove hair dye from your walls, sink, or floor? We've all been there – a DIY hair-coloring session that ends up leaving unsightly stains on our walls, sinks, and floors. Hair color can be notoriously stubborn, but fear not! With the right techniques and a little bit of patience, you can effectively remove hair color stains from most surfaces. In this blog post, we'll guide you through steps you can take to get hair color off walls, sinks, and floors. Let’s go!

How to Remove Hair Dye from a Wall

Let’s start by explaining how to remove hair dye from the bathroom wall. When it comes to bathrooms, there are usually two types of surfaces to choose from: painted walls and tiles.

Painted Walls

Painted walls are the most problematic since many common hair dye removers simply won’t work on them or will damage the paint. Thus, your only options are to try:

  • Rubbing alcohol into the stain using a cotton ball (and drying it with a towel afterward).

  • Using a Magic Eraser on a dry stain.

If neither of these work, then unfortunately, you need to repaint the wall.

Tiled Walls

How to remove hair dye from a tiled shower or bathroom wall? Here, you’ve got a wide array of options:

  • Bleach: most hair dyes contain a direct dye component that typically reacts with bleach. Remember to mix the bleach with water and be cautious while using it – you don’t want to bleach your clothes, right?

  • Baking soda paste: a mixture of baking soda and water (3:1 ratio) will also do the trick. All you need to do is prepare the paste and rub it onto the stain until it disappears.

  • Vinegar mixed with lemon juice: the acidic properties of this mix will easily break down most hair dye stains while not being as invasive as bleach, for instance.

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How to Remove Hair Dye from the Floor?

Removing hair dye from the floor is similar to removing permanent hair color from the walls. Let’s take a look at a few possible floor types:

Wooden Floors

How to remove hair dye from a wooden floor? You’ve got three options here, and they all require baking soda:

  • Baking soda and dishwashing detergent: mix two cups of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent. Rub this mixture onto the stain.

  • Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide: mix these two in a 1:1 ratio in a clean bowl. Rub this mixture onto the stain with a clean cloth and apply pressure. Repeat as necessary.

  • Baking soda and lemon juice and Magic Eraser: first, use the Magic Eraser on the stain. Then make a paste out of lemon juice and baking soda (1:1 ratio). Put the paste on the stain, spray it with white vinegar or water, and wipe the area with a wet cloth.

Tiled Floors

For your typical tiles, you can apply all the methods that work for tiled walls – it’s the same surface, so all of them will be equally effective.

Vinyl Floors

How to remove hair dye from vinyl floors? You’ve got a few options here, but not all of them will work for every stain. So, what can you try?

  • Alcohol: as in the case of tiled surfaces, applying products with alcohol (e.g. hairsprays) should help you get rid of the stains.

  • Magic Eraser: this should also do the trick, though it might not be enough for more stubborn stains.

  • Bleach: this will also be effective, but you must spot test it beforehand to make sure you don’t damage your floor.

  • Commercial cleaners: if you have the time and opportunity to visit a shop, a commercial cleaner should also eliminate hair dye stains.

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How to Remove Hair Dye Stains from Sink

If you are wondering how to remove hair dye stains from your sink, we’ve got good news for you – all methods designed for tiled floors and walls will work in this case. Plus, it’s much easier since you can soak the stain if it’s on the interior side of your sink.

We suggest starting with baking soda pasta or a Magic Eraser. If that doesn’t work, switch to bleach or alcohol. But, the best method is to rinse the stain off when the dye is still fresh.

The Takeaway

As you can see, there are many ways in which you can eliminate hair coloring stains from your walls, floor, or sink. Remember that prevention is better than a cure, so consider covering your surfaces with old newspapers, towels, or rugs before you begin coloring. This will make it much easier.

You may also read: How to remove hair dye from your clothes?