Removing Scuff Marks on Walls

August 8, 2013

Try using a pencil eraser to remove black smudges from white walls.


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Any ideas on how to remove scuff marks (from furniture not shoes) off a painted wall? I tried the Mr Clean Magic Eraser, it worked a little, but took paint off the wall.

By Tina from Orange County, CA


By SingleMomof5-yes, thats right-5 (Guest Post)
March 6, 20080 found this helpful
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Do not use Magic Eraser on matte walls; it is just too strong. It will strip the paint and leave you with dark marks that don't match your paint. I have not figured out a better solution than a mild cleaner and two buckets: fill 1 bucket with your cleaner and water and fill the 2nd with just clear water for rinsing. Grab 2 of those cellouse sponges and don't forget your elbow grease-you'll need it! I also find its good to go from bottom to top to catch all the drips- if not you 'll have streaky walls.

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By Nick J (Guest Post)
December 25, 20080 found this helpful
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Try using toothpaste and a sponge. It did wonder. All you have to do is apply the toothpaste on the mark and scrub!

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May 28, 20100 found this helpful
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Please try a pencil eraser.

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful
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When every other solution did not work, on my white wood doors, jams, and moldings, I used a very small amount of Bar Keepers Friend (Bon ami cleanser is also very gentle) on a damp cloth and rinsed well. It worked for me!

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December 27, 2004

Some of the doors and walls in my home have black scuff marks on them. I have tried everything I can think of to get it off. Please help.

Susan from Arizona


December 28, 20040 found this helpful

Have you tried the new Magic Eraser yet? It's like a sponge and it's pretty amazing. It might be worth a try. I know Mr Clean makes it but I think there are other brands, too.

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December 28, 20040 found this helpful

Antibacterial gel works very well. I've had good success with ink, scuff marks, adhesives and it hasn't harmed any surface I've used it on.

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December 28, 20040 found this helpful

I'm sure you'll get lots of hints re the marks but I'd like to add a hint for the future. When redecorating use scrubbable easy clean paint - its slightly more expensive but well worth the money. I have 3 dogs and there are always areas that get dirty or scuffed as they jump or even brush past them. One dog had an ear injury a few weeks ago and it was days before I discovered she had shaken her head and sprayed fine spots of blood on the bottom of the wall in the lounge room. All these 'accidents' and dirty/scuff marks come off with a damp cloth and some home made cleaning spray, (cloudy ammonia, a drop of detergent and water).



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By April (Guest Post)
December 29, 20040 found this helpful

Try toothpaste (paste not gel). Rub in and wipe off.

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December 31, 20040 found this helpful

I would try rubbing alcohol & see if that works. It was recommended to me for removing black scuff marks on my dress shoes & it worked great.

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By Cathy (Guest Post)
January 3, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried an ordinary eraser? This is what I usually use, but it takes a lot of rubbing.

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By somerlad (Guest Post)
February 26, 20050 found this helpful

It was suggested to me today that I use car wax or linoleum and hard wood floors by a friend whose been using this for years.

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By Alex Rettinger (Guest Post)
April 7, 20050 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol works really well.

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By Hal (Guest Post)
April 7, 20050 found this helpful

There is a little known product called Spray Nine which I can only find in hardware stores in my area. It is more expensive than basic cleaners but I use a lot less of it. Go to to find a retailor near you!

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By VERONICA (Guest Post)
May 25, 20050 found this helpful

I used Avon's Astringent Cleansing Lotion, and it worked like a charm. I barely even had to rub on it..

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By cheryl (Guest Post)
March 16, 20060 found this helpful

If you get "goo gone" or "goo be gone", that works well with a bit of scrubbing.

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By Karen in Ohio (Guest Post)
August 31, 20070 found this helpful

I used rubbing alcohol on walls/doors and it worked beautifully! It DOES, however, remove some of the paint! So use caution and don't rub too aggressively. I was amazed at how easily black tennis shoe scuff marks came off. I also used on various marks of unknown origin (probably from furniture hitting the walls), and I didn't find anything rubbing alcohol wouldn't remove. I have tried a number of cleaners, none of which worked at all. Again, use caution as it will remove some paint in the process. I would suggest only using on light colored walls/doors.

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By George in NJ (Guest Post)
May 27, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the hint about the rubbing alcohol. I had some scuff marks on the wall from luggage wheels. It did take away some of the off-white paint, but it is better than black scuff marks.

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By Sandra (Guest Post)
December 29, 20080 found this helpful

STOP! DON"T TRY IT! After reading about success with rubbing alcohol posted here, I tried removing black scuff marks from a RED painted wall with rubbing alcohol with disastrous results. It removed enough paint that it is very noticeable. This is a high-quality washable paint. My advice is don't try this - just repaint. It's less work and ultimately you are going to have to do it anyway.

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By Julie (Guest Post)
February 21, 20090 found this helpful

Just tried the toothpaste suggestion, and it works!

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

Using toothpaste to remove scuff marks worked really well. Thanks a lot for the tip!

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I'm looking for a tried and tested method of washing walls to remove scuff marks as part of a spring clean! I live in a rented flat so just repainting the walls isn't an option. I don't want to wash the existing matte paint off by scrubbing too hard! Thanks :o)

By Amanda

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November 23, 2016

Thanks for the ball trick I will try it out! I haven't been able to find anything to take scuff marks off of MDF board, that we have on the walls of our gym.

Any ideas?

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