How to Get Hairspray Off Wood

Isopropyl alcohol acts as a solvent on hairspray residue.
Isopropyl alcohol acts as a solvent on hairspray residue. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

If you have wood surfaces in an area in which you usually style your hair, you may begin to notice hairspray residue on the wood. This residue not only dulls the appearance of wood furniture, but it can also damage the finish of the wood over time. You can remove hairspray from wood through a simple cleaning process. This process involves gentle, inexpensive products that you may already have right in your bathroom cabinet.

Things You'll Need

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cloths
  • Liquid dish soap

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Dampen a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol, which you can find in most pharmacies and grocery stores.

Wipe off the hairspray residue with the dampened cloth.

Wet another clean cloth with hot water and add a few drops of liquid dish soap.

Use the soapy cloth to wash away any remaining tackiness on the wood surface.

Dry the area with a lint-free cloth.


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