How to Remove Hair Color from a Floor

Hair dye comes in several forms, including henna, semi-permanent and permanent. Home coloring kits usually contain semi-permanent or permanent color, but when the dye spills onto surfaces in the home, almost all dye can result in permanent stains if not properly cared for. There are a few ways to clean hair dye from a floor, but it is important to act fast when hair dye spills on the floor.

Hair dye can permanently stain floors if not cleaned up properly
  1. Wipe up as much of the hair dye as possible, using absorbent cloths that you don't mind staining. The faster the dye is wiped up, the easier it will be to remove the remainder of the dye from the floor before it has time to set.
  2. Dampen a cleaning sponge with water and wipe the stain, using the scouring part of the sponge.
  3. Mix together 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid and 2 cups warm water. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and apply to the hair dye stain. Wipe in circular motions. You may need to use more than one cloth if the cloth becomes saturated with the dye. Repeat until the stain is removed from the floor.
  4. Use a stain erasing sponge if any trace of the hair dye remains. One brand name is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Dampen the sponge with water and use to scrub the stain.
  5. Combine 1 tbsp. baking soda with ½ cup vinegar to create a thick paste. Apply to any stubborn hair dye stains and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat as needed.
  6. Dampen a clean cloth in warm water once the stain is completely removed from the floor and wipe away any remaining cleaning product or residue from the floor. Dry with a clean, soft towel.

Things You Will Need

  • Cleaning sponge
  • Clean cloth(s)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Stain erasing sponge


  • Wear protective gear over your skin and clothing when using cleaning products, particularly bleach.


  • Never combine cleaning products, as this can create unsafe vapors. Always rinse the surface well before changing to different cleaning products.

About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.

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