LuAnn asked: How do I get rid of spit and spitballs on the wall? I bought a house and in one of the rooms, there are spit (saliva) and spitball stains on the walls. I have tried good old-fashioned elbow grease with Soft Scrub plus bleach, but that didn’t work. It almost appears as if the saliva ate the paint? I’m not sure. Any advice other than sanding it as it’s too much to sand. It is sporadic throughout the room, not to mention just plain disgusting!
Whether its from a dog or a bored child, saliva stains on the walls can be a real nuisance to remove. Prompt treatment will help tremendously. If the stains have been around for sometime, be prepared for some extra cleaning effort to get them removed.
You Will Need:
- Dawn dish soap
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Spray bottle
- Soft cloths
- Plastic putty knife or scraper
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- If there are spitballs present or large amounts of saliva, begin by scraping away the bits of paper and/or wiping the surface with a clean soft cloth.
- Once the bulk of the saliva is removed, you are ready to work on the stain left behind.
- Begin by moistening a soft cloth with hydrogen peroxide. Rub it over the stained area. Reapply as needed until the stain is removed.
- If the stain remains, moisten a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and rub it over the area. Do not apply too much pressure. These miracle stain removing pads are slightly abrasive and excessive pressure and/or scrubbing can leave a mark on the surface.
- If the stain is still not removed, mix the following in the spray bottle: ¼ cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of Dawn and some water.
- Spray the mixture onto the stained area and rub gently with a clean, soft cloth.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Dry with a soft, clean towel.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Hydrogen peroxide may cause discoloration on some paints. Test a small, hidden area first to ensure there are no unwanted effects.
- If all else fails, try repainting the affected area to cover up the areas of discoloration.