How to Remove Stains from Walls

Knowing how to remove stains from walls can save you time and money you'd otherwise spend repainting or touching them up. Stains can appear everywhere  -- handprints, crayon, food particles, etc, and this guide will help you to get rid of them.

Remove Stains from Walls

Removing Scotch Tape Residue from Walls

For anyone removing Scotch tape which is stuck on the walls of your office or your home, never pull it off. That runs the risk of peeling off the paint.

It is better to use a heated teaspoon and place it against the tape. The Scotch tape will be removed from the wall without leaving a mark behind.


Remove Smoke Stains from Walls 

If you have a fireplace in your home, then your walls can become stained by smoke. If this is the case, you should remove stains from walls near the fireplace with a mixture of two spoonfuls of soap, a gallon of lukewarm water, one tablespoon of ammonia, and one half cup of borax.

Mix the contents together in a bucket and with gloves on your hands gently wipe away the smoke stains from the walls.

Removing Pen Stains from Walls

For any pencil marks on the wall, it can be cleaned quickly with art gum erasers. Take the eraser and place it on the stains and rub it in a circular manner to remove the stains.

If you are still trying to remove stains from walls which are marked with pencil and the eraser does not work, then you can mix water and two spoonfuls of baking soda. This will create a non-gel paste which can be used to rub out the pencil marks.

For ink spots on your walls, you can use a non-oily spray and apply it to the affected area. Wipe away the ink spots from your walls with a clean cloth.

If your walls are stained with crayons you should sprinkle a damp cloth with baking soda and rub it on the stained area of the walls. This will instantly remove the crayon marks from the walls.

If you need to remove stains from walls which are left by water, you can mix dish washing liquid with a pre-spray wash or with color-safe bleach to remove the stains from your walls.

For oil stains, you should mix a natural paste made of water and corn starch. Apply it to the stained area and allow it to dry for two hours. Once this is done, brush off the dried mixture. The paste will soak up the oil or grease from the walls.

If your walls are a dingy, yellow color from smoking you can purchase water-soluble salt from a hardware store. Make sure to wear gloves to protect your skin from drying out.

If the strong salt smell is bothersome, you can wear safety goggles. The salt should be mixed with water according to the instructions on the package and then used with a cloth to clean the walls.

If you have grease stains on your walls, you can use baby powder to remove it. You should use a clean rag and pour a small amount of baby powder on it.

Rub this on the grease stains and allow it to sit for a few minutes. After a few minutes, you can wipe it clean using another cloth. This process should be repeated as many times as necessary to remove the grease marks.

If you have small ink stains, you can spray hair spray onto the affected area. Take a soft, clean rag and blot the stain to remove it.

If you have magic marker stains on your walls, rubbing alcohol can be used on the affected area. You should wet a cotton pad or a cotton ball and gently wipe the spots affected by the magic marker.

If you have tape marks remaining on your walls, you can use a hairdryer to remove them. Please the hairdryer on a low setting and heat up the tape marks until they become a wet, gooey mess. At this point you can scrape away the residue with a knife.

Be careful when using a knife to scrape away the residue that you do not cut the paint. If that does not work, you can use more adhesive to stick to the mess and pull it away from the wall.

No matter what method you use to remove stains from walls, you should always be gentle so that you do not hurt the surface of the wall.