Stain Removal Tips for Painted Walls

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When you give your rooms a fresh coat of paint it can really transform the whole area and breathe new life in an otherwise tired area of your home. In an ideal world, your freshly painted walls would stay as beautiful and vivid as the day they were painted, but life happens and so do stains on your walls. Luckily, effectively removing dirt, smudges, and stains from your walls can be done without causing damage to your paint or walls. Here are some tips to consider. 

Dirt and grime buildup 

If you have carpeting in your home you know that certain areas are prone to buildup, the same is true for your walls! Oils from your hands, pets, and children can all come in contact with your walls, and over time they can start looking unsightly. With a few household ingredients you probably already have, House Logic suggests making your own cleaning sponge. 

  • 1 cup ammonia,
  • 1/2 cup white distilled or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • one gallon of warm water.
Wipe the solution over walls with a sponge (or cloth), and rinse with water.


If you have children, you know their creativity is not always limited to paper and crayon drawings can end up on your wall instead of hanging on the refrigerator. The Spruce suggests using household items such as WD-40, microfiber cloths, disposable cleaning erasers, mayonnaise, and even your blow dryer and dish soap, for step-by-step instructions visit The Spruce and watch your crayon stains magically disappear. 

Alkali solution for heavily soiled walls 

It happens, over time dust, mud, pet stains, and oily hands can accumulate and make your once beautifully painted walls look dull and dirty. If that’s the case the DIY Network suggests using an alkali solution and spot testing an area before tackling the whole wall to ensure it won’t lighten or remove your paint. 

  • 1-gallon warm water
  • 1 cup clear non-sudsing ammonia
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup washing soda (borax)
The second bucket should hold clean water, to be used for rinsing. Change the water if it starts to look very dirty as you work around the room.

Consider hiring a professional 

If you’ve tried with no success to remove the stains on your walls it might be time to get your walls repainted. Adding a fresh coat of paint can completely transform your room and it might be fun to consider a new color! At McDermaid Painting, our color consultants can help you choose the perfect paint for your project and overall vision. we’ll work with you to transform your space into something you’re proud of. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of quality and safety, so we’ll make sure your surfaces are in good condition before we start any job. Don’t worry, if we identify any issues, we can help with those too.

 McDermaid Painting serves Palo Alto and surrounding areas with high-quality painting and restoration workmanship for any size project. If you would like to get started with a free consultation, contact us today! (650) 961-7415. Visit our FacebookInstagram, or website to explore what we can do for you.