How to Remove Hair Dye From Vinyl Flooring With Bleach

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How to Remove Hair Dye From Vinyl Flooring With Bleach
Bleach works slowly but is effective at removing hair dye stains. (stain - splat image by angelo.gi from Fotolia.com)

Vinyl flooring is fairly stain resistant and homeowners prize it for the ease of cleanup. Under normal household conditions vinyl flooring requires only mopping with a floor cleaner. Because stains can be easily wiped from the floor, a vinyl-floored kitchen or bathroom is often an ideal spot for applying hair dye. Remove hair dye stains with a solution of bleach and water. This solution will not harm vinyl flooring and works well with coloured vinyl.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Latex or kitchen gloves
  • ¼ cup bleach
  • 1 cup water
  • Large bowl
  • White rag

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on protective gloves. Bleach is caustic and may burn exposed skin.

  2. 2

    Mix bleach and water in a large bowl in a solution of 1/4-cup bleach to each cup of water. Do not use straight bleach, as it may damage vinyl.

  3. 3

    Soak white rag in the bleach water, and ring out lightly. Do not ring out all the bleach water. Do not use coloured rags. The bleach will cause the dye in the rags to bleed and may cause additional stains on vinyl flooring.

  4. 4

    Place the damp rag over the stain and allow the rag to sit for at least an hour. Bleach works slowly. If you are concerned about the bleach smell, open a window or turn on a ventilation fan to help draw out the fumes.

  5. 5

    Remove the rag and check the stained area. If the stain is still visible, scrub the area with the rag, and then repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain is removed.

  6. 6

    Rinse the area with water to remove any residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use coloured rags. The bleach will cause the dye in the rags to bleed and may cause additional stains on the vinyl flooring.
  • Do not use straight bleach. It can burn through the rag and damage the floor.

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