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Need advice on how to clean grease off an inside wall
Self | 5/8/'13 | Zionist Conspirator

Posted on 05/08/2013 3:47:03 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator

As some of you may remember (but probably don't), I had to move two years ago. This is the first new house I've ever lived in, and it has those fancy super-vulnerable indoor walls (the kind you can't drive a nail into).

Yesterday I was attempting to hang a picture. Unfortunately the picture was too heavy for the hook and it pulled it off the wall and dropped to the floor. I instinctively flung out my arms and found later that I had inadventently brushed against the wall with an arm that was coated with salve (for a psoriasis). The wall was smudged very badly.

I wore out two Mr. Clean Dry Erases and accomplished very little other than to spread the greasy salve around. I am afraid to try just anything for fear of taking the paint off the wall. So the stain is still there, and my guilt is tremendous.

Does anyone here know of any product that will safely remove such an agent from a very soft, painted indoor wall? Rubbing alcohol perhaps? Formula 409? Clorox Wipes?

These walls are unbelievably "touchous." They are easily punctured and it's almost impossible to touch them without damaging or dirtying them in some way. It would seem that someone would have created a product to deal with this type of thing, but I have no idea what it is.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Please keep in mind that I don't want to do anything that might make the problem worse, such as removing the paint.


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1 posted on 05/08/2013 3:47:03 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator
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To: Zionist Conspirator

I would try a dilute solution of Murphy’s Oil Soap...


2 posted on 05/08/2013 3:48:17 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

what kind of building codes are in your area? this does not sound like it is to code at all


3 posted on 05/08/2013 3:49:40 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Dawn detergent.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 3:49:52 PM PDT by keat
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Maybe I missed it, but what exactly is the material the wall is made out of?


5 posted on 05/08/2013 3:50:41 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Try some dish soap (you shouldn’t need a lot) and a slightly damp sponge.


6 posted on 05/08/2013 3:51:07 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Burn the place down. Build a log cabin in the mountains.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/08/2013 3:51:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Bigger question is- what salve are you using for the psoriasis, and does it work?


8 posted on 05/08/2013 3:51:48 PM PDT by petercooper
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Greased Lightning.


9 posted on 05/08/2013 3:52:00 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Clean, wet rag and plenty of elbow grease.


10 posted on 05/08/2013 3:52:27 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

On a BBC show called “How Clean is Your House” they used slices of bread!


11 posted on 05/08/2013 3:52:29 PM PDT by beefree
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Go to a paint store and get their suggestions based upon the materials involved, paint, grease, wall material, etc. If it is porous then it may have absorbed into the wall itself.


12 posted on 05/08/2013 3:52:55 PM PDT by deport
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To: Mr. K

am betting it is a satin paint. almost like floc. touchy stuff.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 3:52:57 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Trisodium phosphate.


14 posted on 05/08/2013 3:54:43 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: Joe 6-pack

Hey! I held back before I said Murphy’s oil soap and asked the material the wall was made from (or wall covering)... Not fair! My mom washed everything with Murphy’s oil soap! Then again, many nice things used to be made of wood. I swear we used to have gallons of the stuff!....


15 posted on 05/08/2013 3:54:43 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Can’t believe no one has come up with the obvious answer.

Get your wife to do it. After all - that’s a woman’s job.

(Do I really need to duck for cover?)


16 posted on 05/08/2013 3:55:11 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
And, also on another BBC show, “Food Hospital” IIRC, they said take fish oil for psoriasis
17 posted on 05/08/2013 3:55:36 PM PDT by beefree
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Sounds to me like you are dealing with a highly pourous possibly oil based paint which has bonded with the oil and dirt that was on your fingers. Removing the stain may not be possible. If paint thinner or mineral spirits will not work, then re-painting is your best option. You cannot fight oil with water... and most cleaning agents are water based.


18 posted on 05/08/2013 3:56:25 PM PDT by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Try one of these. I used the corn starch one, and it worked. Grease removal
19 posted on 05/08/2013 3:56:55 PM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Until you answer post #5, any solution to your problem is impossible.


20 posted on 05/08/2013 3:57:02 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: JRandomFreeper

So your suggestion would be blow torch? :)


21 posted on 05/08/2013 3:57:41 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: JRandomFreeper

Johnny, Johnny, Johhny!

You really should get married. Again. You keep saying No. But I can tell. You really need a little woman to domesticate things around your place.

Now, am I right or what?


22 posted on 05/08/2013 3:57:42 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Dawn dishwashing liquid is great for grease


23 posted on 05/08/2013 3:58:34 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: rsobin

Yeah! About 2 cups of that with a quart of water.

No more stain. Guaranteed!


24 posted on 05/08/2013 3:58:56 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Hang a poster over it with thumb tacks.


25 posted on 05/08/2013 4:00:09 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: MacMattico
Maybe I missed it, but what exactly is the material the wall is made out of?

I'm not sure. All I know is it's not wood.

26 posted on 05/08/2013 4:00:14 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: petercooper
Bigger question is- what salve are you using for the psoriasis, and does it work?

Nope. Nothing works. Soon it will cover my whole body and I'll look like one of the aliens in the old "Outer Limits" episode, "A Feasibility Study."

27 posted on 05/08/2013 4:01:44 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Clean, wet rag and plenty of elbow grease.

I can already tell you that won't work.

28 posted on 05/08/2013 4:02:50 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Johnny’s lawyer says Johnny has all the ex-wives he can afford.


29 posted on 05/08/2013 4:02:59 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Finish coating the rest of the walls with that salve.

That way it all matches. Problem solved.


30 posted on 05/08/2013 4:03:18 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Try bleach. It worked to get the blood out of the interior of my car.


31 posted on 05/08/2013 4:03:26 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Have you tried the new biologics, like Enbrel or Remicade?


32 posted on 05/08/2013 4:04:04 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Responsibility2nd

Get your wife to do it. After all - that’s a woman’s job.


I remember the great Walter Williams kidding that he’d gotten his wife golf shoes with cleats so she wouldn’t slip on the ice while he watched her shovel snow and ice off the driveway. It was funny!


33 posted on 05/08/2013 4:04:30 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Johnny’s lawyer said no such thing. Johnny’s lawyer still has one more kid to send through college.


34 posted on 05/08/2013 4:04:58 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Jaidyn
Try one of these. I used the corn starch one, and it worked.

The article says "before painting." These walls are painted already.

35 posted on 05/08/2013 4:05:41 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Jaidyn

I’ve known people to use wood pulp (bleached cellulose) and get it damp enough to make it paste-like. Then put it on a wall or masonry.

When the stuff dries, you brush it off. It has wicked up all the grunge and grim from the surface.


36 posted on 05/08/2013 4:06:50 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: yldstrk
Dawn dishwashing liquid is great for grease

What does it do to the paint?

37 posted on 05/08/2013 4:06:57 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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Do not know the answer to this but I do have a hint for kids who paint the wall and furniture with lipstick. When my late daughter was about. 18 months, she decided to be the family artist and chose to use my lipstick. I had no idea how to get it off when I saw a bottle of baby oil. Took every bit of it off. Did not leave a stain either. I was amazed that it worked.


38 posted on 05/08/2013 4:07:38 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Hang a really large picture over the stain.


39 posted on 05/08/2013 4:08:10 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Is it a wall covering, which could be anything from velvet to leather? It really depends on what the material is, otherwise you could make the problem worse. Can you put another picture over that spot? Not trying to make light of it, just saying if you can’t remove the stain, maybe it’s a nice place to put something else.

Are there homes in the neighborhood made with the same material? Maybe a neighbor would know.


40 posted on 05/08/2013 4:09:28 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Tri-nitro-toluene. Several pounds should remove the stain.


41 posted on 05/08/2013 4:11:59 PM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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Nothing cuts grease better than HOT WATER added to a solution because it’s the HOT WATER that breaks down the molecules. Ever try to clean dishes effectively with cold water?


42 posted on 05/08/2013 4:13:29 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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What the hell does “touchous” mean anyway. Aren’t they painted drywall? If so,you simply need to wash your painted wall with a washcloth with hot water with dish detergent.

TC


43 posted on 05/08/2013 4:13:43 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Agreed. Dawn + hot water. Shouldn’t affect paint if it’s a glossy finish.


44 posted on 05/08/2013 4:14:18 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Sounds like they used very cheap drywall to finish. If you’ve tried some cleaning products and there’s still a noticeable stain, touch up the area with paint. I keep paint containers stored with the paint I have used on the walls, for this purpose. If you don’t have any of the paint, but it’s a neutral builders paint and the house isn’t very old, ring up the builder and ask what paint they used. For touching up walls... I like to dry brush the paint and feather it out, so even if there’s been some color fading, it’s not noticeable.


45 posted on 05/08/2013 4:15:14 PM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

This is counter-intuitive, but I find WD-40 removes heavy grease well. ALso, there are those engine degreasers.


46 posted on 05/08/2013 4:16:36 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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A simple method to clean oil, grease spillage or kitchen stains from walls, wall-paper or floors is to spray it with dry Fuller’s Earth powder and leave for a while and wipe with a cloth. You can repeat the procedure if the stain persists. This is a very safe method as it will not affect the paint or colour of your wall paper.

For very stubborn stains you can spread Fuller’s Earth paste with water over the stain and leave it for 24 hrs, dust it later and wipe with a wet cloth.

It used to work with grease stains on wallpaper without harming the wallpaper. Still available at the drugstore I believe.

47 posted on 05/08/2013 4:17:40 PM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Zionist Conspirator

http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-grease-stains-from-painted-walls-and-ceilings/


48 posted on 05/08/2013 4:17:49 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck
What the hell does “touchous” mean anyway.

None of your G----m business! [/sarcasm]

I'm assuming you also don't know what "galley nipper," "spread natter," or "shypoke" mean.

Aren’t they painted drywall?

That may be it.

If so,you simply need to wash your painted wall with a washcloth with hot water with dish detergent.

Thanks!

49 posted on 05/08/2013 4:17:50 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Why would you post a cleaning question on Free Republic?

It’s an insult to the purpose of this site!


50 posted on 05/08/2013 4:18:46 PM PDT by Jean S
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