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Four Tricks for Cleaning Stained Walls

Knowing certain tricks for cleaning the walls in your home safely and with few products will help remove all types of stains.
Four Tricks for Cleaning Stained Walls

Last update: 08 May, 2019

It’s very annoying to find stains on the walls. Cleaning them can become a difficult task because you may end up losing that part of the wall and make the stain spread. Fortunately, there are different ways to get rid of stains depending on the material that causes the stain. After all, it’s not the same to get rid of a stain from paint or a marker than simple dust.

Therefore, here are some tricks and home remedies for cleaning stained walls.

Tricks for Cleaning the Walls in Your Home

Properly cleaning the walls is not an easy task. After all, each wall has its own characteristics, and you can get them even dirtier if you don’t clean them well.

Therefore, here you can find the key factors you must consider whenever you have to perform this task.

Vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar and baking soda can be helpful for cleaning many surfaces.
  • Soft, dry, clean rags
  • A vacuum with a brush
  • A broom
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • A new soft sponge


  • First, you have to get rid of the dust and dirt on the walls. You can clean the dust with a dry cloth, duster, or by using a vacuum cleaner with its brush.
  • Afterward, make a homemade mixture with vinegar, lukewarm water, baking soda and a few drops of ammonia.
  • Test the mixture on a small area of the wall to make sure it won’t harm it.
  • Then, apply the solution with a clean cloth and rub gently until the stain is completely gone.
  • Once the surface is clean, you can just rinse it with a very little bit of warm water.
  • If the wall gets stained, then try it again and rub.
  • Finally, let it dry.
  • If the wet area has a different color to the rest of the wall, don’t worry because once it dries, it will look great.

Cleaning Walls with Tiles

Woman cleaning the tiles

Tiles require a different treatment, which is done by using vinegar or ammonia.

Below, you can find out about the best tricks to clean the tiles in your home:

  • Reuse the water that was used to boil potatoes. Soak a cloth in this water and rub the tiles. Believe it or not, it’s ideal for degreasing, cleaning and polishing the tiles.
  • You can also take a piece of newspaper and soak it in a mixture of water and wine vinegar. This will clean and disinfect at the same time.
  • If you don’t like vinegar, you can also use ammonia. You must be more careful with ammonia because it’s a corrosive product. Therefore, only uses a few drops.

Cleaning Wall-papered Walls

Depending on your taste and your personality, you may or may not have wallpapered walls. This material can also get dirty. However, its cleaning methods are different.

Below, you can find out more:

  • When it comes to washing wallpaper, it’s ideal to mix a little warm water, a splash of mild detergent and a bit of vinegar. This mixture will clean stains with the help of a small sponge. Don’t forget to rinse afterward.
  • If the wallpaper is white or clear, instead of using vinegar, add a spoonful of baking soda.
  • For grease stains, sprinkle some talc around the stain so that it doesn’t spread while you’re removing it.
  • If the stains are from a ballpoint pen or felt pen, then use 90% alcohol and a sponge.
  • If they’re from shoes or bicycle wheels, it’s best to use a pencil eraser.

Check out this article, too: Mistakes to Avoid When You Paint Your House

Cleaning Vinyl Walls

When it comes to walls that have vinyl, the stains are easier to remove because they have a plastic waterproof film that prevents staining.

However, when they get stained, you can do the following:

  • Clean the surface with a damp cloth. It’s ideal to use a cloth dampened with warm water and soap. Always rub up and down to prevent taking off the vinyl.
  • Don’t allow drops to get on the drawings. In addition, if the drawing has many colors, don’t scrub so hard, because they could be removed.

Clean Walls Painted with Plastic Paint

The most common way is to have the walls in your home to be painted with plastic or water paint. When you clean them, you can follow a procedure in order not to damage them:

  1. The first thing to do is to remove the dust with a duster or vacuum cleaner.
  2. Then, with warm water, a sponge, and liquid soap, clean the wall in vertical strips that are at least three feet (one meter) wide.
  3. You must be careful that the cloth or paint doesn’t fade. If the cloth is not that clean, you may end up leaving lint marks.

As you can see, these are very useful tricks and tips to remove the stains on your walls. Anyway, always asks for advice and test them for yourself first to make sure that the stains gradually disappear so you don’t leave the walls in a worse condition than before.

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