How to Remove Pledge Furniture Polish with Orange Oil from Painted Walls


Franne asked: How do I remove Pledge furniture polish with orange oil off my painted wall? I was polishing a wooden bookcase, and I didn’t realize that when I sprayed, the Pledge landed on the wall as well. I quickly wiped it down with a paper towel, but there is a huge stained area. I’m putting my home up for sale on Monday, and this isn’t a good thing to have happen. Thanks so much.

The same polish that makes our furniture shine so beautifully, can leave a dreadful mark on other surfaces. Easily remove greasy or oily stains from walls with this simple home remedy.

You Will Need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Small dish
  • Brush or dry cloth
  • Broom or vacuum

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Place cornstarch in a small bowl.
  2. Add just enough water, while stirring, to make a thick paste.
  3. Use your fingers to apply the paste to the wall over the stain.
  4. Wait for the paste to dry (about 2 hours).
  5. Wipe the cornstarch away with a brush or dry cloth.
  6. Clean up any mess from the floor below with a broom or vacuum.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • The cornstarch will absorb grease and oils, allowing you to brush the mess away once it dries.
  • Make your paste thick enough to stick to the walls, but not so thin that it runs.


  1. This method worked; great it removed the stains completely. It was a little difficult getting the cornstarch to a paste, but I just put it on even though it was thin and it still worked great. Thanks so much; I thought I’d have to paint the wall.

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