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To remove grease spots on wallpaper, hold several white paper towels over the spot and press with a lukewarm iron (hot may set the stain) until the grease is absorbed. If the paper is washable, follow by sponging the area with diluted dishwashing liquid. For non-washable paper, apply a paste spot remover; brush off after it dries to a powder.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
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I recently bought a mobile home and the people who lived there before me never cleaned the walls. I do not wish to paint over the kitchen, but do not know how to take off the grease without ruining the wallpaper. Any Ideas?
I have used Greased Lightning with success. I buy it at Wal-Mart but know it's available other places as well. Be sure to try it on an inconspicuous place first as it definitely takes paint off some surfaces, so it may damage your paper.
You might also try Murphy's Oil Soap. It works for cleaning the whole house. My parents had the same problem in their trailor behind the stove. It's tough to get out.
It may be way too late for the original questioner, but this may help others who come to this question. I have cleaned greasy wallpaper with cheap white bread. Just rub it with a piece of bread held like an eraser until it has soaked up the grease and dirt.
We recently bought a flat and the kitchen is papered in quite a thick embossed wallpaper. However, as it's in the kitchen it's smothered in quite a thick layer of grease from years worth of cooking.
We really want to paint over it to make the room brighter, but before we paint we need to get the grease off. Any ideas what we can use? We really don't want to strip it as we're worried about what the walls are like underneath!
If there's a walmart near you, try to pick up some Awesome cleaner. It's a yellow liquid and can be used for many things.
If you can't find Awesome cleaner (I noticed you said flat. I suppose you are not in US) Try any degreaser. It will take of the grease. If you have Dawn dish soap, you can use that. Add a bit to some hot water and scrub the walls. Just look for a product that says degreaser.
I put up banners in my daughters house for new baby/welcome home. They were stuck up with white tack. My daughter has just taken the banners down after two weeks of being up, and there are greasy marks left all over the walls, 8 banners worth of greasy marks. Her wallpaper is painted with matte paint so not washable. Can I use baking soda to try to remove the stains? Your help would be very much appreciated.
Please. Thank you in advance.
An artgum eraser rubbed gently across the stain would be a better solution.
Hot butter exploded and went on the wall paper.
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To remove greasy spots on wallpaper, apply a paste of cornstarch and water. Allow to dry. Then brush or vacuum gently.
For bare spaces in wallpaper; color in with felt tip marker. This works for small spaces or ones that are not visible.
By Anne A. from Fernley, NV