Stains, Mopping, Wiping, Ironing, Cleaning/Hairspray gunk on floor


Hello! I use hairspray every day in the bathroom, and before long I notice an area of the floor where I stand (in this case it is tile, but it's happened before on linoleum) that is darkened and looks almost "flocked" (probably due to dust sticking to the gunk). I've tried basic surface cleaners like Windex and such but with no luck. Scrubbing with a hard brush hasn't seemed to help either. Some of the gunk is also on the edge of the tub and on the metal frame for the shower door. Surely there must be some cleaner/method that will get my bathroom floor to look normal again? I admit I don't do a routine floor mopping as often as I probably should, so I've given the stuff a great chance to build up. Thank you!

Its been years since I had to do it but I believe rubbing alcohol will work and will not harm a tile floor. Ammonia can harm the finish on a resilient no wax tile floor but will not harm a ceramic tile floor.
You may also have to use a detergent to clean the dirt buildup, as ammonia contains no surfactants.

Another option I have read recently but have not tried: "mix one tablespoon baking soda or borax in one pint warm water and moisten affected areas and let set. Then, wipe and rinse. Repeat applications may be necessary, depending on severity of buildup, and use the toothbrush if necessary. The solution makes for a good floor cleaner. Many hairsprays contains lacquer but there are alcohol and lacquer free hairsprays available."

If the above does not work let me know and I will dig deeper into my files.  

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3m Certified carpet cleaning instructor can answer questions regarding spots/stains on carpet and other floor coverings and possible ways to remove same. Can also answer questions with regard to upholstery cleaning. I do not recommend specific name brands, companies or products.


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