Skip to comments.Need advice on how to clean grease off an inside wall
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.
I would try a dilute solution of Murphy’s Oil Soap...
what kind of building codes are in your area? this does not sound like it is to code at all
Maybe I missed it, but what exactly is the material the wall is made out of?
Try some dish soap (you shouldn’t need a lot) and a slightly damp sponge.
Bigger question is- what salve are you using for the psoriasis, and does it work?
Clean, wet rag and plenty of elbow grease.
On a BBC show called “How Clean is Your House” they used slices of bread!
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.
am betting it is a satin paint. almost like floc. touchy stuff.
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!....
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?)
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.
Until you answer post #5, any solution to your problem is impossible.
So your suggestion would be blow torch? :)
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?
Dawn dishwashing liquid is great for grease
Yeah! About 2 cups of that with a quart of water.
No more stain. Guaranteed!
Hang a poster over it with thumb tacks.
I'm not sure. All I know is it's not wood.
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."
I can already tell you that won't work.
Johnny’s lawyer says Johnny has all the ex-wives he can afford.
Finish coating the rest of the walls with that salve.
That way it all matches. Problem solved.
Try bleach. It worked to get the blood out of the interior of my car.
Have you tried the new biologics, like Enbrel or Remicade?
Get your wife to do it. After all - thats a womans 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!
Johnny’s lawyer said no such thing. Johnny’s lawyer still has one more kid to send through college.
The article says "before painting." These walls are painted already.
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.
What does it do to the paint?
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.
Hang a really large picture over the stain.
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.
Tri-nitro-toluene. Several pounds should remove the stain.
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?
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.
Agreed. Dawn + hot water. Shouldn’t affect paint if it’s a glossy finish.
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.
This is counter-intuitive, but I find WD-40 removes heavy grease well. ALso, there are those engine degreasers.
For very stubborn stains you can spread Fullers 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.
None of your G----m business! [/sarcasm]
I'm assuming you also don't know what "galley nipper," "spread natter," or "shypoke" mean.
Arent 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.
Why would you post a cleaning question on Free Republic?
It’s an insult to the purpose of this site!
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