Remove marks and stains from your walls in 1 minute and without damaging the paint

by Mark Bennett

March 31, 2024

Remove marks and stains from your walls in 1 minute and without damaging the paint

Whether white or colored, sooner or later, walls will get dirty, marked and scuffed. There can be many causes of this: oil, dust, soot from the fireplace, humidity or even mold. Even just a bump from a chair can leave unsightly marks on the surface of the wall.

It can be challenging to remove these marks and scuffs without ruining the underlying paint, so how can this be done without running this risk? Well, read on to find out more:

How to deal with non-washable walls?

How to deal with non-washable walls?

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Let's start with the most commonly-found marks, ie.the marks left by hands and shoes. In this case, these marks can be easily removed using bread.

Take a piece of bread, roll it into a ball and gently rub it on the marks. Soon, your walls will be looking as good as new!

For more stubborn marks, it may be useful to moisten the bread ball beforehand.

Another excellent way to shift marks like these is to use a simple pencil eraser/rubber (in the same manner as the bread balls, described above).

If you have children in your home, marks commonly-found on the walls will be those left by pens, pencils and markers. In these situations, Marseille soap can help you out.

Mix a little liquid Marseille soap and water in a bowl. Wet a sponge in this solution, wring it out and then dab away at the marks.

Leave the solution to act for about thirty minutes and then wipe off with a dry microfibre cloth.

Toothpaste can also be very effective in removing ink stains.

Next to the oven in the kitchen, it is common to find the walls marked by oil splashes.

To deal with this, turpentine (a degreaser made from vegetable resins), is an effective remedy. As an alternative, lemon also works well in removing oil or sauce splatters. Rub half a lemon directly on the marks, leave to act and then clean off with a cloth soaked in water and a neutral soap.



If the paint on your walls is not washable, we recommend using a little bleach applied with a cotton ball directly to the marks.

To remove damp and mold stains, there are several effective remedies you can try:

  • One option is to put some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, add a few drops of tea tree essential oil, and spray the mixture directly onto the marks.
  • A paste made of baking soda, salt and a little water will also be effective in removing marks.

Finally, using ovens and the fireplace can deposit dust and soot marks on the walls. Dab these marks with a cloth soaked in a solution of water and bleach and leave to act for just 60 seconds before drying off.

Keeping the walls of your home clean and free of marks may seem like a challenging task, especially when dealing with non-washable surfaces and a variety of different stains/marks. However, with the right tools and methods, you can effectively remove these imperfections without damaging the paint.