Removing Hair Dye from Various Surfaces

Posted on 06/10/11 in GREAT WHITE BLOG, No Comments

Hair dye can create major problems if it gets on the wrong surfaces.   The same strength that it uses to stain your hair is the same strength it will use to potentially ruin any surfaces that it touches.   Without knowing how to remove hair dye from surfaces and other materials, it can sometimes seem like an impossible task.   Fortunately, we have some tips to help make this process as easy as possible.

Depending on the type of surface or material that the hair dye has stained, the methods for removing it will differ.   Be sure to try these tips if you get hair dye on these specific surfaces:

  • Carpet - Follow these steps if you get hair dye on a carpet:
  1. Combine one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, and two cups of warm water.
  2. Continue to blot the stain with the mixture and a white cloth until the stain is no longer visible.
  3. Using a clean cloth and fresh cold water, blot the area to remove excess soap and residue.
  4. Take a new cloth to dry the area.
  5. If necessary, blot the stain with rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn stains.
  6. If stain still persists, create the same mixture in step one, but substitute ammonia for the white vinegar.   Repeat steps 2-4 with the new mixture.
  • Fabric - Using a can of hairspray, drench the stain immediately.   Because the hair spray contains alcohol, it will help to loosen the stain.   After applying the hairspray, soak the stain and put it through a deep laundering process either by hand or with machine as soon as possible.
  • Hard surfaces – Follow these steps to remove hair dye from hard surfaces:
  1. Use 1-2 sprays of hairspray on each stain.
  2. Take a dry cloth and wipe the area, then repeat with a cool damp cloth.
  3. Repeat steps until the stain is no longer visible.

Hopefully these tips will get your stained areas clean in no time!   Stay tuned for more useful cleaning tips and tricks from GREAT WHITE CLEANING!