How to Remove Hair Dye From a Wooden Floor

If you like to color your hair at home, you probably have to deal with the occasional hair dye stain on many surfaces.

And perhaps none of these stains are as frightening as getting hair dye on a beautiful wooden floor.

Let’s face it, wooden floors are very practical, but like all floors, they can quickly become subject to stains. 

And if you do hair and nails regularly, you will have to deal with the occasional hair dye stain or removing nail polish from hardwood floors.

In this article, we will show you exactly how to remove hair dye from a wooden floor. 

The process is easy and will not require too much effort or money.

How To Remove Hair Dye From Hardwood Floors

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Step 1: Act Quickly

The first step to removing hair dye is to act quickly. If you are still busy dying your hair, pause and focus on dealing with the stain as soon as it occurs for the best results.

Like removing super glue from hardwood floors or getting wine stains out of wood, it is best to deal with the stain while it is still fresh and wet.

Leaving the stain will allow it to set and make it more difficult to remove at a later stage. 

Think of water stains on wooden floors.

You can easily remove watermarks from wooden floors when they are still new, but once they have had time to set, they turn into darker stains, and you will be left having to remove dark water stains from your hardwood floors, which have probably penetrated deep into the floors.

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Similarly, you want to avoid letting the hair dye develop and cause permanent damage to your flooring. 

Dealing with stains as soon as they occur also protects the subfloor, making it easier to clean the subfloor after removing carpets or wooden finishes.

Step 2: Prepare Cleaning Solution

The next step to cleaning the hair dye stain off your hardwood floor is to prepare your cleaning solution.

You have two options here, namely shop-bought cleaning products or home remedies. 

We highly recommend chemical cleaning products. This is because they are designed to deal with all sorts of stains in the quickest possible manner. 

For example, some carpet cleaning chemicals, such as PIG Out, are effective stain-removing agents against grease and paint stains. But you will need to test it on the floor first.

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If you don’t have chemicals on hand, you can opt for a home remedy.

Luckily, there are also a variety of options here.

They all include baking soda, a powerful cleansing agent that has proven effective in removing all sorts of stains from hardwood floors.

It is also popular in methods for cleaning wood floors without water.

Firstly, you can mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent for cleaning hardwood floors.

Alternatively, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of dish detergent with two cups of warm water.

If the stain is stubborn, such as on occasions where it has started to dry, you may want to mix equal parts baking soda with equal parts of hydrogen peroxide.

Because of the chemical compounds in Hydrogen Peroxide, you should also test it on an inconspicuous part of the floor before deciding to clean the stain with it, as specific chemical agents can change the color and appearance of your floors.

Step 3: Apply Cleaning Solution

how to remove hair dye from hardwood floors

If you are using a professional chemical, follow the instructions on the bottle to deal with the stain. This will usually involve applying the product directly onto the stain using a clean cloth.

If you are using one of the above home remedies, the process is not much different. Dip a clean cloth in the cleaning solution of your choice and gently work it into the stain.

You should see the stain starting to disappear, but you can repeat the process as often as necessary. 

Take care not to rub too harshly, as this may damage the texture of the wood or its finish.

Step 4: Finish Off

After applying the cleaning solution, you need to remove any soap or water residue that may remain.

After working the cleaning solution into the stain as described above, wipe the area with a damp cloth. Use a cloth that has been dampened with warm water.

This will prevent moisture or cleaning agent build-up, which is essential if you don’t want to deal with slick spots on your hardwood floor at a later stage.

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Ensure that you don’t use too much water on the floor, because moisture can be detrimental to your hardwood floors. 

After wiping the area, you can leave it to dry as usual.


So, if you are doing a home hair dye job and you spill some on your wooden floors, it is not the end of the world.

In fact, the situation can easily be rectified using professional products or things that you already have in the kitchen cabinet.

It is important to remember that prevention is better than cure, so it is always a good idea to lay some towels down when dying your hair to prevent any significant spills from occurring.

But accidents happen, and at least you know how to deal with them appropriately.

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