Wall Stains: Removal Method

wall stainsTired of seeing pesky smudges all over your walls? Fingerprints, stains and smudges are a commonality in most households, tainting the beauty of your walls. Whether your walls portray your toddler’s fingerprints or your pet’s daily smudges, wall stains are bound to happen.

Home-efficiency expert Cynthia Townley Ewer, author of Houseworks, explains how to remove wall stains in a DIY Network article.

Before you begin your project, make sure to allot a significant amount of time because a task like this can be an arduous process.

Prep room by moving furniture to the center. Gather all wall-washing tools listed below to initiate wall-cleaning procedure.


  • Lamb’s wool duster or Vacuum Cleaner
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • A Natural Sponge
  • 2 Buckets
  • Rubber Gloves
  • 2 Gallons of Water
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Step stool or ladder

Note: Additional materials may be needed if walls are heavily soiled.

Wall Stains: Removal Method

Begin wall-cleaning process by mixing 1 gallon of water with a squeeze of liquid dish-washing detergent. If walls appear to be heavily soiled, consider adding 1 cup of clear non-subsiding ammonia, 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of borax to a gallon of water.

Next, remove loose debris from the top down using a lamb’s wool duster or vacuum cleaner with an extension wand.   Once finished, cover the floor with a canvas drop cloth to prevent any dripping.

Note: Make sure to spot-test solution onto a small piece of wall to avoid discolors.

Initiate wall-cleaning process by wiping solution onto the wall from the bottom up. This will prevent any solution to run down and stain the wall. If a stain occurs, wipe down with clean cloth.

Clean sponge frequently and replace water when murky. Once finished with the wall, dry with clean cloth.

Additional Wall Stain Removal Tips

Ending your cleaning process half-way can potentially create wash marks, a common feature caused by stop-and-go wall washing. Always remember to accommodate enough time when tackling an entire room.

So before you decide to repaint your walls, consider using these strenuous-free tips.

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