Removing Sunscreen from Surfaces

            Summer’s coming to a close but we still need to use sunscreen. We need the protection, but unfortunately we don’t need sunscreen our home surfaces. Fortunately, there are easy ways to clean up when we accidentally slather and spray SPF on surfaces other than our skin.

Tile Floor

            Spray-on sunscreen can stain your floor and make it slippery. Get it up quick! Here’s how:

  1. Fill bucket with warm water.
  2. Add a small amount of soap or detergent.
  3. Mix in a small amount of ammonia (which will cut through the water-proof barrier of sunscreen).
  4. Dip a sponge or soft cloth into the bucket, squeeze excess water out, and gently scrub the affected area.
  5. Repeat until all sunscreen is removed.
  6. Rinse are thoroughly with clean water and a cloth or sponge.
  7. Dry.

Wood Floor

            While sun streaming through the windows can damage wood floors overtime, they certainly don’t benefit from sun cream, lotions and sprays. Remove it by:

  1. Wipe up as much of the spill as possible with a dry cloth.
  2. Soak another cloth with water and continue to wipe the area.
  3. Spray the area with a cleanser that has a degreasing component.
  4. Lightly scrub the stain with a clean cloth to remove residual grease.
  5. Rinse the area with water and repeat as necessary.

Leather Furniture

            What’s worse than chasing after and wrestling a wriggly toddler to apply sunscreen? When the now greasy toddler sits on the leather sofa. Keep calm and follow these tips:

  1. Blot sunscreen with paper towels to remove as much as possible.
  2. Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water.
  3. Swish it around to the mixture sudsy.
  4. Use a sponge and apply only the foam to the leather surface.
  5. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  6. Follow up with a leather conditioner.