Since the discovery of dye in ancient Egypt and China, where plants and oils were used to improve mane looks, hair dye has become a part of grooming routines throughout history.
However, with the use of dye comes the need for removal procedures when hair dye transfers onto surfaces that it shouldn’t.
If you ever noticed a hair dye stain on your laminate floor, here are a few steps on how to get hair dye off laminate flooring.
How To Get Hair Dye Off Laminate Flooring
1. Dab Off Excess Dye
Lift excess hair dye as soon as it spills to prevent it from seeping into the floor, creating an even bigger stain.
With a clean cloth, blot up the hair dye stain using gentle up and down tapping motions; this prevents the dye from rubbing or spreading around to an even larger area of your laminate floor.
When you’ve successfully blotted up the excess hair dye, use another clean wet cloth and continue blotting at the hair dye stain.
This should lift most of the stain, particularly if the spill is still fresh; this is why it is essential to get rid of the hair dye immediately it spills on your floor.
In a bucket, mix warm water and a couple drops of all-purpose cleaner. Swirl the water around to mix the water and soap to create a soapy mix.
Saturate a magic eraser with soapy water and begin to scrub at the stain. The soapy water prevents the stain from setting, and the magic eraser works as a fine sandpapering tool that dislodges the dye stain.
2. Using Rubbing Alcohol
Before using rubbing alcohol on your laminate floor, be sure to spot test it on an inconspicuous area.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball, and dab the cotton ball on a hidden area of the floor like underneath furniture.
Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before checking the area for discoloration; if any, do not use the rubbing alcohol on your floor.
If there is no discoloration on your floor, you can go ahead and dab the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Saturate a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab at the stain with the cloth to transfer the rubbing alcohol to the stain.
Allow the rubbing alcohol to sit for a few minutes before rubbing the alcohol so it sinks in even further and the dye stain begins to lift.
Allow the rubbing alcohol to sit for a few more minutes before dabbing again at the hair dye stain with a damp cloth.
Gently dab at the stain till it is completely lifted and there’s no more stain on your floor surface.
3. Using Alcohol-Based Hairspray
You also need to spot test the hairspray before using it.
Apply a small amount of alcohol-based hairspray onto an inconspicuous area of the laminate surface and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then check for any changes; if none, you can go ahead and use hairspray to remove hair dye stain.
Apply the hairspray over the dye stain from a distance of about (30.48 cm) and ensure to thoroughly saturate the stain with the hairspray, so it is wet but not soaked.
Allow the hairspray to sit on the stain for a couple of minutes before dabbing at the hairspray with a clean cloth.
With a clean cloth, dab at the stain using patting motions until the stain is completely lifted or dabbing does not lift the stain any longer.
Wipe off the excess hairspray with a clean towel and water.
4. Using Chlorine Bleach
Spot test the bleach on an inconspicuous area of the floor before using also.
Due to the lightning effect of bleach, it is best used on an already light laminate surface, so if your floor surface looks discolored or markedly lighter, do not use bleach to remove the dye stain.
Bleach should be used as a last resort as it is not advisable to use bleach on laminate floors, although some people claim to have successfully removed hair dye stains with bleach.
This makes spot testing bleach very important, as you can tell if the bleach will discolor the floor’s surface before using it.
You also need to wear gloves before handling bleach.
If you can safely use bleach on your floor, apply it to a cotton ball, and rub it at the dye stain, ensuring to only rub the stained area.
As you clean, you can rub the area clean with water to get a better view of how well the stain is lifting with the bleach.
Once the stain is lifted, wipe away excess bleach with a dampened clean rag and rub the area as you clean it so you can get rid of any excess bleach as well as other cleaners.
Getting hair dye off laminate flooring isn’t an easy job, but in the end, you get to restore your floor’s beauty.