Removing Hair Color Stains from Bathroom Linoleum
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 16, 2015)
Hair coloring dye is, for the most part, a fairly effective product in that it will color just about anything that it comes into contact with. Unfortunately, this often includes such materials as the bathroom linoleum. If you happen to have an accident, and find yourself removing hair color stains from bathroom linoleum, make sure that you are following these directions to ensure that you get the job done right.
- Chlorine bleach
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Hair spray
- Magic eraser
- Warm water
- Clean sponge
- Cotton balls
- Scrub the area. Get a bucket full of warm soapy water, and grab one of those magic eraser cleaners. Dip the eraser into the water, and then begin scrubbing away at the stain on the linoleum. The magic erasers are such effective stain removers that they can often remove a stain without the need of resorting to any additional cleaners. In the event that the eraser is not enough to remove the stain, proceed to the next step.
- Test the linoleum. Choose an out of the way location, and test the color fastness of your linoleum. Test the bleach, nail polish remover, and even the hair spray. If you notice any discoloration of the linoleum, discontinue using that particular liquid, and try something else.
- Apply a bit of bleach. If the linoleum is safe from the bleach, apply a bit to the stained area. Do this by getting a cotton ball, or clean sponge, wet with the bleach and then vigorously rub the stained area. Periodically wipe the are clean with some warm water and a clean rag so that you can judge your progress.
- Inspect and upgrade. After you have scrubbed the area for a while, it is time to inspect the stain. For light stains, the bleach should have little problems handling it. However, if you find that your stain is still present, then it is time to upgrade to a stronger cleaning aid, such as the hair spray. Use a similar process to work the area over again.
- Repeat as necessary. After each cleaning session take the time to check to see if the stain is actually being removed. If it doesn't appear to be lightening at all, then you will want to upgrade to the next hire material (acetone nail polish remover). Repeat steps one, three, and four, to ensure that you are using the right steps. However, repeat the process a few times to ensure that you are getting the job done properly.
- Clean the area. Once you have removed the stain, you will need to clean the area as you normally would with warm soapy water. This will remove any lingering amount of the cleaner used to remove the hair coloring.