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How to Remove Stains From Your Walls

Updated on September 28, 2013
You might say the "writing is on the wall."
You might say the "writing is on the wall."

A Budding Artist, or a Scribbler??

  • Is your child an up-and-coming artist who uses your walls as a canvas? Maybe he/she hasn't settled on a medium yet, so all possible items are being tested for use later in life when the budding talent's craft has been perfected.
  • While you would love to have each and every mark made by your child on a piece of white paper under a magnet and on the refrigerator, you aren't quite as proud of the work when it is on your newly-painted walls.
  • This article will address ways to clean various stains from your walls.

Is this "art" or a reason for time out?
Is this "art" or a reason for time out?

Your Supply List

  • Here's what you will need:
  • * Baby powder
    * baby wipes
    * clean cloth
    * rubbing alcohol
    * gum eraser, (or a plain old pencil eraser)
    * blow dryer
    * transparent tape
  • Marker marks - Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton puff and wipe off the marks. Wipe gently until the marks are removed. Your wall paint (or wallpaper) should stay on just fine.
  • Crayon marks - Use a baby wipe to remove these stains. For the more stubborn ones, spray the stains with WD-40, then wipe clean with a paper towel or old washcloth.
  • Ballpoint pen marks - You can use hairspray for this. Just spray it on the mark and blot it with a soft, dry washcloth.
  • Pencil Marks - Use a gum eraser to get rid of these. But, if all you have is a pencil eraser, you can use it, but first run the eraser across a clean sheet of white paper to make sure the eraser is clean. If it is not, you could be leaving more stains than you take away.
  • Grease stains - Put some baby powder on a soft, dry, clean cloth. Rub the stains until they disappear.
  • Fingerprints - You can use a gum eraser for these stains also.
  • Sticky residue from masking or transparent tape - You can use your blow dryer. Turn it on low and heat up the adhesive, then press another piece of transparent tape on the residue and pull it off. If this doesn't work, use a butter knife to scrape off the yuck.


  • * Rub gently.
    * Test your cleaning method in a small, inconspicuous area.
    * A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will also work on almost all wall stains, but for most stains, you can use products you already have on hand.


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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      Good tips . thanks dear Casey White

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      Dorothy A Casey McKenney 5 years ago from United States

      This hub was written from a lot of experience. I have three little stairstep granddaughters, 4, 2 and 10 months. The two oldest absolutely LOVE to draw on the walls, and I'm afraid they are teaching their craft to the 10-month-old. Necessity is the mother of

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      souleru 5 years ago

      I was such a horrible kid when I was growing up I drew all over the ways and eventually my grandparents just gave up and gave me a wall haha. I could have been a better kid and they could have gotten a lot of use out of this hub!

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