How To Get Hair Dye Off Wood

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ESalon advises colorists to try a cleaning mixture of one part baking soda to one part peroxide to remove hair color stains. It should be allowed to bubble until the stain starts to lighten. Then, it can be wiped off with a damp cloth or sponge.

A similar concoction is 1 tablespoon of OxiClean and 1 tablespoon of water. Combine until it looks milky and then use a sponge to rub the stain in a circular motion. A mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon baking soda may also remove the dye.

When using baking soda or OxiClean, rub gently since both are abrasive. You do not want to damage the floor. It is better to work slowly and carefully to remove the hair color stain. Once the stain is gone, take a clean cloth and wipe away any residue. Dry the floor using a soft, clean towel.

Is Baking Soda Safe for Wood?

That’s the important question, you should always ask yourself before trying any chemicals on your expensive wood surfaces.

Baking soda (also called bicarbonate of soda) comes with a very high pH and is highly alkaline due to which it neutralizes acids and acts as a great cleaner to remove acidic stains and smells.

With that said, it’s a cleaning agent that can be too hard for certain wood, wood finishes, and sealants already present on wood furniture or countertops.

Since acids don’t mix well with wood (and tannins of wood), you should be very cautious while using baking soda.

Depending on the type of wood you are using baking soda on, there are chances you will stain them further and make the color of the wood darker – instead of cleaning the dye stains.

For example, wood varieties like oak, walnut, cherry, and mahogany contain higher tannin levels and can be stained very easily with baking soda.

If you have floors, tables, or cabinets made of these wood types, it’s better to avoid using baking soda on them.

Wood varieties like maple, birch, aspen, and laminated wood veneer come with low-tannin and are relatively safe.

How to Get Hair Dye Out of Wood – Method # 1

This first do-it-yourself solution involves using baking soda, detergent, and water. 

  1. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent together.
  2. Drench a clean cloth in the solution you just mixed.
  3. Rub the stained area of the wood floor with the cloth until the hair dye mark disappears.

Other Techniques to Consider

In removing hair dye, SOS napkins are one of the g

In removing hair dye, SOS napkins are one of the good options. While the soap in the pads dissolves the color, these alone are harsh and could harm the flooring. Use them with caution so as not to damage the finish.

Although nail polish removers will erase the color, they’ll also ruin the wood’s sheen. It may not harm if the hardwood is laminate, but it doesn’t apply to a varnished wood surface. When using a cleaning agent on the stubborn stain on the countertop, always try a small amount on the hidden area first.

When you’re starting a home dye job, it’s a better alternative to have some old towels on hand. When putting the color to the hair, place them on the floor. Applying too much hair dye will likely fall to the floor, where the towel will absorb it. 

They’re also useful for wiping up any spills on laminate countertops while pressing and drawing the liquid into the hair’s roots for general coverage. Rub a mixture of mild detergent and vinegar on quartz and laminate vinyl flooring to remove permanent marker stains.

It can be scary when a bit of the hair product gets splattered on home surfaces. If a dye stain gets on any surface like glass, carpet, or unpolished wood floor, try removing it with a small amount of nail polish remover. Always try acetone in a hidden spot first. Rubbing alcohol is a non-toxic solvent that removes color without hurting most varnished, wood, linoleum, vinyl floor, or stone surfaces. 

Magic eraser is an excellent dirt magnet for reaching into the nooks and crannies of porous materials that remove hair dye stain. However, it can be too abrasive for painted surfaces as they may cause the paint or varnish to peel away.

The stain can be frozen and pulled up with hairspray. Diluted bleach is likewise harmless but typically used as a last resort. 

In removing tough spots/stains such as shoe polish, tar, markers, or heavy scuff marks on the laminate floor, wipe the affected area with a rag moistened with alcohol, nail polish remover/acetone, chlorine bleach, peroxide, or mineral spirits.

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