Simple Ways to Remove Stains from Walls

February 01, 2019

By Painters in CT





It is no secret that over time walls take a beating whether it may be from kids, pets, or just the daily wear and tear of life. Cleaning them periodically can help keep the walls of your house newer than they are. Wall marks and stains can be a hassle depending on how long they have been there for. Whether you rent or own, it is important to know how to properly remove any stains that may be present on your walls.

Man doing drywall repair

Before you clean your walls though, it is important to take note of what kind of paint is on the wall. Semi-gloss or enamel paint will be able to stand up to washing. Flat, stain or eggshell finished paints may not be able to stand up to washing. Your walls should be dusted before they are washed, no matter what type of paint it is. 


The best thing to try before any heavy duty cleaner is a simple mixture of soap and water. A couple drops of dishwashing liquid into warm water can really go a long way, and is gentler on wall paint as well. Using a microfiber cloth and gently rubbing the stain in a circular motion can help to lift the stain from the wall. 

Another way to remove stains can be by using cleaning erasers. They can be found at almost any grocery store or online. Before using one of these though, you will want to spot test a very small area because cleaning erasers can work magic, but can also damage some finishes. Once it is tested and determined to be safe for your wall, you can gently rub the mark until it disappears. 

Man doing drywall repairs
Man doing drywall repairs

 Be careful not to scrub too hard, or you could worsen the stain. If the above two steps do not work for your wall stain, it could be time to consider using a heavy duty wall cleaner. Now there are many products on the market made for wall cleaning, choosing an all-purpose cleaner paired with a microfiber cloth usually will do the trick. Many people don’t try wall cleaners right off the bat because they do tend to be harsher on the wall paint. Again, be sure to do a spot test before scrubbing the stain.



If it has been a few years and cleaning your walls just doesn’t seem to do the trick anymore, you may want to consider painting a fresh coat on your walls. Hiring a professional painting company to get the job done quickly and effectively is the best way to go about this. They can be sure to properly cover any discolored or stained parts of the walls.

Repainting repaired drywall

Knowing how to clean painted walls is important, especially if you have kids and frequently have scuffs or crayon marks on your walls. It can be easy to spot a dirty wall especially if you have very light and bright colors in your home. Therefore, keeping the walls clean is important in maintaining the look of your home. Give our team a call if you are looking to repaint stained walls in your home and we will happily come give you our professional advice and a free quote!

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