How do I clean these marks off my walls?

It is so easy in day-to-day life to get marks on walls, cleaning walls safely and without damaging surfaces can be a challenge.  Marks often come from moving furniture, or the “lovely” additions of your artistic with crayon and other drawing supplies.   Here are a few effective ways you can safely tackle wall cleaning.  Remember, different methods for wall cleaning are preferred for different wall materials like painted drywall, wood and wallpaper.

* Regardless of the material your walls are made of, before starting wall cleaning, you will need to vacuum the wall or dust with a dry cloth or static brush.

Painted Walls

It’s Magic The simplest way to remove scuff marks from painted walls is definitely a Magic Eraser. Wall cleaning is a breeze this way.

  • Slightly moisten it and squeeze it out completely.  You’ll have to apply gentle pressure too and go over the scuff mark repeatedly to remove it.

Homemade Magic: If Magic Erasers are not available to you, using a regular or homemade basic household cleaner on a very soft cloth like bunched up nylons, a chamois, and old t-shirt, or a square of flannel will do the trick.  This basic wall cleaning paste recipe will gently clean walls from scuff and crayon too.

  • Recipe: Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of baking soda to water (2tbsp soda to 1 water) until it makes a fine paste.  Add more water or soda until the toothpaste like consistency is reached.
  • Simply apply with a lightly damped cloth and rub are in small circular motions.  Follow stain removal with wiping down the area.

Magic Toothpaste? Not much of a cleaning supplies cook?  Try toothpaste!  Cleaning walls with toothpaste is a breeze, it can remove all kinds of scuffs, you may want to test in an unseen are first so you know it will not leave a new mark (oh no!).


To determine if you wallpaper wall is washable, first note that wall paper is usually graded as washable or not on the package.  When in doubt, do a small and inconspicuous test area to make sure it’s safe for your wall.  Cleaning walls with wallpaper doesn’t have to be difficult, we have options for you!

  • If your wallpaper is washable, follow the cleaning directions above using no abrasives or pasts.  Your best wall cleaning solution is undiluted white vinegar for spots and diluted for whole wall cleaning.
  • If your wallpaper is non-washable, use a soft clean tooth brush to get as much dirt of it as you can.  Stains from grease and cooking can be tackled with talcum powder or cornstarch and just a touch of water to make a paste.  Apply and let dry.   Then brush it off.
  • For Crayon and scuff marks often the best solution is a white artist’s eraser.  These tools can “rub out” most marks.  If not, you may need to look for a chemical cleaner designed for the wallpaper wall cleaning.

Wooden walls

Warm soapy water is the trick for cleaning wooden walls, you may want to use an oil soap like Murphy’s for a deep shine.  Following the instructions for wall cleaning for painted walls, clean walls accordingly.  The goal with wooden walls is to be certain that no moisture passes to the plaster or dray wall underneath.  This could cause mildew or molds to form and be dangerous to your family’s health.


It is a good idea to have 2 buckets on hand when using a cleaner – one with the wall cleaning solution in it and the other, for rinsing and wringing out your cloth in.  This way you will not bring the dirt back!

Whichever you choose, cleaning walls with a damp and not wet cloth or sponge with would be more effective and cause fewer drips.  If any drips happen, just dry with another soft cloth.

Whole wall cleaning (for painted walls)

I know this seems hard to imagine, but the gleaming clean of your now spot-free are may inspire you to clean the whole wall!  You can use any general cleaner highly diluted as long as it does not contain alcohol, which will break down the finish on your wall.   Instead you may want to try a simple wall cleaning solution of washing soda (3.5oz) and water (8.5 pints).

Wall cleaning should always be done from bottom to top, drying under you as you go.  Use a broom stick and elastic band to create an extra-long reach for the high areas… and to help prevent drips from rolling down your arms, you can make some very clever wrist bands from dish cloths and elastics.  Walls should always be rinse of cleaning residue and dries afterward.

Happy wall cleaning!