Asked on Aug 8, 2012

Removing spots from bathroom tile.

BeckyPolly AndrewsElizabeth


I use Paul Mitchell's Freeze and Shine hair spray and I think that the tiny little shiny dots that I am seeing on the floor is the hair spray. Have tried (to no avail) to remove them with: Simple Green, Tilex mold and meldew, steam cleaner, Mr. Clean eraser, scrubbing sponge, and nail polish remover. Help!! Any suggestions?
14 answers
  • Carroll A
    on Aug 8, 2012

    Try Krud Kutter. I use it on everything.

  • Anna M
    on Aug 9, 2012

    Hi Arlene! I wrote a post that I think will help you:

  • If you have glazed tiles on the floor and all of the methods including Anna's post does not work, There is something wrong with the tiles. Normally using the items suggested that you used would remove even paint off of the tile surface. How wide spread is these dots? Just in the area of the sink, or all over the bathroom. If your tile floor is a matte type of finish, and the spray is working like a wetting type of agent causing the tile to appear shiny or wet. Then the type of tile you have in the room is incorrect for this application. It has allowed the spray to become soaked into the pores of the tile. If that is indeed the case, I doubt any cleaning will remove this from it. Do you know if the floor tiles have been sealed or not? It is critical to do this to a floor to prevent things such as this from causing damage to the finish. You may want to consider doing this to the floor.

  • Sherrie
    on Aug 9, 2012

    Woodbridge is absolutely right because this is relatively simple to clean off.....Woodbridge gave expert advice.

  • Arlene M
    on Aug 9, 2012

    Thank you all for the help. The tiles are a matte finish and the little spots are just around the sink area. The house was 10 years old when we bought it and I don't know if the tiles were ever sealed. Isn't it too late now to seal the floor?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 9, 2012

    people still use hair spray?....I thought that went out in the '80's. You can still seal the fact some folk seal every few is more of an issue that the grout gets sealed as this is typically the most vulnerable part for stains etc.

  • Anna M
    on Aug 9, 2012

    @Arlene it's never too late seal the floor you just have to make sure it's really clean first and then you can seal it. You can purchase sealers at any hardware store and they aren't too much.

  • Just be sure to test the sealer in a small spot. It will change the appearance of the tile surface just a bit. Usually darkens it slightly. Be sure to scrub the tile and the grout as best as you can. If any grout areas are faulty, now is the time to fix them. Once the sealer goes down, new grout will not adhere very well to the surfaces. Be sure to scrape out all of the damaged grout and not simply cover over. Once you apply the sealer according to the directions on the bottle. Then use your caulk to seal around the tub, and toilet areas. The hardest part of doing all of this is the cleaning. The rest only takes a short while to do.

  • Arlene M
    on Aug 11, 2012

    Thank you Woodbridge Environmental.

  • Carol M
    on Aug 23, 2012

    I have removed that with shampoo !!!

  • Valerie
    on Apr 2, 2014

    I have two suggestions which may work - vinegar and water, alternatively fabric softener and water. Or even a paste of baking soda, let it sit for a short while, and then clean off.

  • Elizabeth
    on Oct 4, 2015

    rubbing alcohol melts the hair spray.

  • Polly Andrews
    on Oct 5, 2015

    rubbing alcohol works great for me

  • Becky
    on Oct 6, 2015

    I use rubbing alcohol, too. Doorknobs looked BAD when I was high school...I grew up in the 80's. :)

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