Whether you’re a self-proclaimed home chef and have grease stains all over the kitchen or little ones are running around displaying their artwork for all to see, it can be tough to remove certain stains from the wall. We have gathered some tips on removing tough stains to ensure a lasting paint job and prep for new paint if you’re ready.
Grease splatter from the stove top becomes a common decoration in kitchens, but don’t let it stay there! Surprisingly enough, a common dish soap can easily remove grease spots and stains. Put ¼ teaspoon of dish soap into a cup of warm water and use a cloth to wipe the stain. Rinse with regular water and blot until dry. For more stubborn stains, ⅓ cup of white vinegar mixed with ⅔ cup of water will do the trick.
Buildup from Dirt and Grime
The oil from your fingers sticks everywhere. If you have lighter walls, these spots could be easily noticeable. A wall eraser can quickly help remove spots.
Anyone with a toddler knows that crayon marks on the wall are pretty much inevitable. While it’s good to encourage creativity in your child, practicing limits and boundaries can be tough and they want to doodle throughout the house. Thankfully, wall erasers usually work like a charm for crayon marks. If you need a little extra power, gently rubbing the marks with toothpaste and wiping with a damp cloth can help remove them. Baby wipes can also be a quick fix.
Although they are extremely tough to remove, it isn’t impossible to get rid of permanent marker stains. Try soaking a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dabbing the stain. This could at least dull it down until the next paint job takes place.
Mildew eats soap scum and body oil to grow. Spray the walls with vinegar water (1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 quart of water) and thoroughly rinse with clean water.
If you are unsure about any of these solutions due to the type of paint on your walls, check with your local home improvement store or paint manufacturer to make sure you know which solutions are safe and which you should avoid so that you don’t risk chipping off any paint.