How to Remove Stains From Walls

Walls can become stained from smoking, from children's sticky fingers or crayons and the sticky marks left from tape.

The types of stains are endless, but there are lots of tricks for removing them. Repainting is always an option, but if you don't want the extra work and expense, try these simple but effective ways to remove stains from walls.

Clean walls that are dingy or yellowed from smoking with TSP or trisodium phosphate. Buy this safe water-soluble salt at most hardware stores. Wear gloves to prevent your hands from drying and if the strong salty smell bothers you, put on safety goggles as well. Mix this with water according to the package and it should take off any filmy residue with ease.

Use baby powder to remove grease stains. Pour a little powder on a clean, soft rag and rub over the greasy spots. Let it stand a few minutes and then wipe it again with a clean cloth. Repeat this as often as needed until all of the grease marks are gone.

Try hair spray for ink marks. Just spray the mark and use a clean soft rag to blot it.

Remove magic marker marks with rubbing alcohol. Wet a cotton ball or cotton pad with the alcohol. Wipe the spots gently and the marker should come right off.

Clean tape marks off the wall with a hairdryer. Put it on low heart and heat up the gooey mess. Gently scrape it with a knife. Just gently scrape the surface of the wall, being very careful not to gouge the paint. You can try to heat the adhesive a bit and then use another piece of tape to pull the sticky stuff off, too.

Things You Will Need

  • TSP (Trisodium phosphate)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Baby powder
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Blow dryer
  • Baby wipes
  • Transparent tape

Warning

  • Use a gentle hand with all of these suggestions, so that you don't mar the surface of the wall.

About the Author

Sheila Wilkinson worked as an editor and writer for "The St. Mary Journal" and has published extensively on various websites. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies in the areas of psychology, sociology and English. Sheila owns an Internet bookstore.