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9 Tips For Removing Stains On Walls

December 19th, 2023 | 2 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

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Maintaining a spotless, clean paint job in your home can feel like a delicate balancing act, especially when faced with unsightly stains on the walls. 

Whether it's a mysterious mark or a stubborn blemish, the good news is that many stains can be effectively removed without causing harm to your paintwork. 

At Brush & Roll Painting, we know how frustrating it can be when tough stains build up on your wall paint and it’s difficult to remove. This is why we choose to use high-quality interior paints that resist stains. With these paints, tough stains can usually be removed with as little as water and a rag.

If you’re fighting tough stains consistently, it may come down to the quality of the paint on the walls not meeting your needs. Low-quality or cheap paint doesn’t have the strength to withstand everyday wear and tear, let alone marks from dirt and grime.

In this article, we will provide some tips and tricks that we have found to seamlessly remove tough stains from your interior wall paint. By reading this article, you will have the next steps toward a cleaner paint job.

  1. Identify the Stain Type

Not all stains are created equal. Before diving into any cleaning method, determine the nature of the stain. Common culprits include grease, ink, watermarks, and scuff marks. Knowing what you're dealing with will guide you toward the most suitable removal approach.

2. Gentle Cleaning Solutions

For water-based stains like coffee spills or watermarks, start with the mildest solution possible. Mix warm water with a small amount of mild dish soap or a gentle household cleaner. Use a soft sponge or cloth to dab the stain lightly, avoiding aggressive scrubbing which could damage the paint.

  1. White Vinegar Magic

A mixture of white vinegar and water can work wonders on various stains, particularly those caused by food, beverages, or mildew. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water, apply it to the stain, and gently blot with a clean cloth. The acidity of vinegar helps dissolve many stains without harming the paint.

  1. Baking Soda Paste

Stubborn stains like crayon marks or grease spots may require a little more effort. Make a paste using baking soda and water, then apply it to the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes before gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. This method is excellent for lifting tougher stains without abrasive damage to the paint.

  1. Magic of Erasers

Eraser sponges or melamine foam sponges are fantastic for tackling scuff marks and light stains. Moisten the sponge slightly and gently rub the affected area in a circular motion. Exercise caution as these sponges can be abrasive and may remove some paint if too much pressure is applied.

6. Test Before Full Application

Whatever method you choose, it's crucial to test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the wall first. This step ensures that the cleaning solution won't cause discoloration or damage to the paint.

  1. Patience is Key

Rome wasn't built in a day, and some stains may not disappear with just one attempt. Multiple gentle applications may be necessary, so exercise patience and repeat the process as needed.

  1. Seek Professional Help if Unsure

If you're uncertain about the stain type or how to proceed, don't hesitate to contact professional painters or cleaning services. They have the expertise and tools to address tricky stains without compromising your paint job.

  1. Prevention is Better Than Cure

To minimize future stains, consider using high-quality washable paint and regularly cleaning high-traffic areas to prevent buildup.


Maintaining a spotless paint job doesn't always mean resorting to repainting entire walls. With these expert tips and a gentle touch, you can effectively bid farewell to stubborn wall stains without causing harm to their beautiful paintwork. Remember, the key is to be patient, use gentle methods, and when in doubt, seek professional guidance for the best results.

When you are ready for high-quality, washable paint, schedule an estimate with Brush & Roll Painting. Not only will the paint be able to withstand wear and tear, but it will also look flawless for years.


To further learn about the differences between washable and non-washable paint, compare the two here. 


Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.