5 Ways To Remove Scuff Marks From Walls

December 16, 2021

Claire Hebert

Claire Hebert

Scuff marks on painted walls can appear quickly and easily, whether you’ve had a house party or merely wheeled a bike through your hallway. So, how can you clean scuffed, damaged, or drawn-on white walls? Sometimes all you need is a sponge and some warm water to clean them, and other times you’ll need a stronger solution. Whatever the damage, don’t worry: we will show you how to remove scuff marks from painted walls while remaining gentle on the painting.

Use a gentle, wet cloth

  • Wet a soft cloth.
  • Wring it out completely.
  • Using a moist cloth, gently work on the scuff marks.
  • Scrub with increasing pressure, keeping your attention on the scuff marks.
  • If this procedure works, gently wash down the wall with a clean, dry, soft cloth once the stains have faded.

Sponge Made of Melamine

A melamine cleaning sponge is another efficient approach to removing scuffed wall marks. It is a highly useful cleaning product that you should always have on hand to maintain a healthy home environment. It is commonly referred to as a magic eraser.

  •  Dampen it first, then wring it thoroughly to remove any excess water.
  •  Then, gently clean the smudges.

 Make sure you don’t scrub the region too hard or you’ll end up harming the paint. While rubbing the surface, use soft and consistent pressure. When the region appears to be clean, wipe it down with a moist cloth. It will remove any melamine cleaning sponge residue as well as debris.

Wiping Counter with Sponge

Water with Baking Soda

Baking soda is another alternative for safely and effectively cleaning scuff marks.

  •  Make a baking soda paste if you want to clean effectively, cheaply, and without using chemicals.
  •  Then, dab a small amount of the paste on the affected area and scrape the smudges away with a clean cloth.
  •  After you’ve removed it, use a moist duster to clean up the area.
  • To eliminate any remaining moisture, swab the treated area with a dry, clean cloth. 
  • This procedure is used by many specialists that provide eco-friendly cleaning to spot clean the walls.
  • Add drops of water to baking soda to make a paste for an inexpensive, natural alternative cleanser.
Cleaning Glass with Sponge

Pencil Eraser

You can also spot wipe your wall with a clean pencil eraser. It’s a great substitute for any option that entails getting the wall wet. An eraser may be extremely beneficial for removing scrapes and scuffs.

 All you have to do is gently brush the eraser back and forth over the damaged area until it is clean. It takes a lot of rubbing, but it is an excellent approach to clean the wall without using water and losing the paint.


Non-gel toothpaste is frequently used to polish chrome, clean diamond pieces of jewellery, and silver products, remove garment stains, and so on. However, many people are unaware that toothpaste can also be used to remove scuff marks from the walls. It completes the task without inflicting any damage to the paint.

 Apply some paste to the affected area, then scrub it with water and a clean toothbrush to remove the smudges.

Cleaning wall with Brush

Wallpaper Scuff Marks

Most wallpaper does not hold up well to water washing, and a hard hand with the melamine sponge will result in holes or no colour. To remove scuff marks, use an art gum eraser instead. Try using the liquid detergent and water mixture for walls for particularly tough markings, but test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t destroy or watermark the paper.

Removal from Freshly Painted Flat Walls

It is critical to remove dirt and stains from flat paint walls as soon as possible. The longer you neglect them, the more difficult it is to clean the walls. Here’s how to get rid of smudges, smears, and scuff marks on flat paint walls:

  • Begin by wiping a clean, moist sponge or cloth against the soiled wall. Water is sometimes all that is required to erase stains, allowing you to avoid using any cleaning agents at all. This is more likely to work if you address wall-stains as soon as you notice them.
  • If ordinary water isn’t working, try scrubbing the walls with a damp sponge or towel dipped in vinegar.
  • If vinegar does not completely remove the discoloration, use an eraser sponge on troublesome areas. This gentle cleaning agent should remove the stain without causing any damage to your flat paint walls.
  • Apply a moderate store-bought foam cleanser to particularly tenacious wall spots. For the best results, follow the instructions on the container.
  • Contact Breathe Maids to get your walls clean!
  • The final cleaning method you should try is using diluted detergent. It should take about one spoonful of detergent to one gallon of water. Dip your rag into the solution and gently scrub the stain away from the wall.
  • If you still have the original wall paint, pull it out and apply it using a painter’s brush. Touch up the stained area to completely conceal it. Another possibility is to repaint the entire wall with a new, more durable finish. An eggshell finish, with a gloss level of 10 to 25%, is more durable and simpler to clean than flat paint without being overly dazzling.

How to Retouch Walls After Scuff Mark Removal

Once you’ve figured out how to clean white walls and which approach works best for your blemishes, you might need to touch up the surrounding wall.

  •  Begin by lightly sanding the scuffed area with fine-grit sandpaper if it now has a different texture than the surrounding wall. Avoid the surrounding wall by sanding the problematic area until it is smooth. Remove any sanding dust with a moist cloth.
  •  Prepare some touch-up paint by the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have matching touch-up paint, take a coin-sized paint chip to a professional who can manufacture a match.
  • Dilute oil-based touch-up paint using a paint reducer according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This will reduce the drying period of the paint, allowing the patch to blend in with the surrounding wall. Note: Instead of using a paint reducer, dilute latex paint with water.
  • Get a little paintbrush.
  •  Dip it into the paint and wipe off any excess with a paper towel.
  • Use a stipple (dotting) motion to apply the paint to the wall to obtain an even coat.
  •  Allow the paint to completely dry.

Some Final Thoughts:

If you had no success by following the above methods it is time to call in a professional. They are experts and will get the job done hassle-free. 

Get your appointments today at Breathe Maids of Dallas.

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