It is quite common for hair dye to drip from the tube or your hair and accidentally wind up on the bathroom tile floor while dying your hair. Cleaning up hair dye from the floor is a simple cleanup, unless of course you have a tile floor. The tile floor complicates the cleaning process because you can’t use just any cleaning product to effectively remove that dye from staining the surface. Before you learn how to remove dye stains from tile, you need to have certain items on hand to help with this process. Using harsh abrasives tend to damage the protective coating on the tile floor, so it is important you use only certain products to restore the flooring.
Before we learn the steps to clean the tiles, you will need some paper towels, some rubbing alcohol, sponge, cotton balls, cigarette ashes, water, a clean cloth, and some hair dye remover. The hair dye remover is the same product you use to remove dye from the hair, and will work perfectly in our instructions on how to remove dye stains from tile.
As soon as you see the hair dye on the tiles, it is very important that you try to soak up as much as possible before it dries. Using a few sheets of paper towels, dab the surface of the tiles where the dye has spilled, soaking up as much as possible. Do not rub the tile or you push the dye deeper into the surface, dab the tile and repeat this process until you have the majority of the chemical off the surface of the tile.
Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on to a clean cotton ball and then work the area of the hair dye spill again. Gently dab the surface of the tile, the absorbent nature of the cotton ball will act like a sponge and soak up even more of the dye. If you still have more dye to remove and the cotton ball is getting dirty, use a clean cotton ball an continue dabbing until the color of the cotton no longer changes.
At this point, take a close look at the tile and examine if any of the dye remains. If after dabbing with a soaked cotton ball did not remove all the stain, scatter some cigarette ashes over the stain and then drip a couple drops of water on to the ashes. Using a sponge to gently rub those cigarette ashes into the surface of the tile. After a couple minutes, wash away the cigarette ashes using a clean wet cloth. The ashes work like a gently abrasive to remove stubborn stains that may have become set into the tile.
After using rubbing alcohol and cigarette ashes to clean the tile floor, the majority of the stain will have been removed. If you still have a noticeable amount of dye remaining on the tile floor, the last product you can use is hair dye remover. This product is designed to effectively remove the dye from hair, and works great for removing small areas on tile. Always test a small corner of a tile that is out of the way to ensure no discoloring occur. If the remover does not discolor the tile after a few minutes, place a small amount on a cotton ball and rub into the dye.
After using these simple tips on how to remove dye stains from tile, your floor should look like new once again. During this cleaning process, always start with the least abrasive steps first, working with the rubbing alcohol, cigarette ashes, then finally the dye remover. It is important to note again that during the initial clean up and the throughout, you should always dab the surface of the tiles and apply pressure to absorb the hair dye. Never rub side to side on the tiles or you can easily spread the dye to other tiles and into the grout. The grout is a porous substance that will quickly absorb the dye, making it more of a challenge to eventually come clean.
Now that you know the steps on how to remove dye stains from tile, your bathroom should be sparkling clean again.