Tips and tricks to remove stains from your walls


Smudges from moving furniture, grease stains, watermarks, or wall art from exuberant children can all leave walls in need of cleaning beyond a simple vinegar wash. Whether you’re preparing to paint or merely need to remove signs of wear and tear, the following tips can help remove any lingering stains from your walls.

  • Grease
  • Grease is a natural byproduct of cooking. Unfortunately, it can leave difficult to remove stains on walls and cabinets in the kitchen. Luckily, something you already have in your kitchen can be used to easily remove grease – dish soap. To remove grease stains, mix ¼ cup of dish soap with warm water; apply to the stain, then wash with clean water and blot dry.
  • Dirt and grime
  • Dirt and grime buildup are a natural part of wear and tear to your home and can be found on walls, baseboards, doors, light switches, and more. One of the easiest and most effective ways to remove these kinds of stains is with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($3 for 4 pads). Make your own wall cleaning solution by mixing 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup white vinegar, and ¼ baking soda into 1 gallon of warm water. Using a sponge or cloth to wipe over walls, rinsing with clean water.
  • Crayon
  • Magic erasers, baby wipes, and pencil erasers can all be used to remove crayon from walls. Non-gel toothpaste can be rubbed into stubborn stains; baking soda can also be sprinkled onto a damp sponge and rubbed onto crayon marks.
  • Permanent marker
  • Stains and marks from permanent markers can be some of the most difficult to remove. Cotton balls soaked with rubbing alcohol can be used to dab the stains. Spraying permanent marker stains with hairspray then wiping away the drips is also effective.
  • Mildew
  • Mildew stains can be common on walls in bathrooms and basements. To remove this fungus from walls, create a spray using 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup water. Enzyme laundry detergents can also be used to blot mildew stains; follow pre-treat instructions on the label.
  • Water stains
  • Water stains on walls and ceilings can be removed using a solution of 1 cup of bleach mixed into 1 gallon of water; this solution also prevents mold and mildew from growing. Dry the stained area using a hand dryer.

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