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Video:How to Remove Stains From Walls

with Alex Nice

Most stains that appear on walls wash right off with a wet sponge. But some of them. like ink, grease and water. won't come off that way. See how to remove stubborn stains from walls.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Stains From Walls

Hi I'm Alex Nice and this is About.com.

There could be lots of different types of stains on your wall. Most of them wash right off with a wet sponge. Some of them like fire, grease and water won't come of that way. You can even paint over them and once the paint dries, that pesky stain will reappear right through the new paint.

So today I'm going to show you a couple common products and common techniques to help you get rid of those pesky stains.

What You'll Need

For the type of stains we're dealing with today, you will need: rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, some gloves, some rags, a cleaning product with trisodium phosphate cleaner, known as TSP cleaner, a paintbrush and some stain blocking primer, some sandpaper, your paint scraper, any old common sponge and a bucket of water.

Water Stains

Let's start with one of the most common stains, the dreaded water stain. Take your medium grit sandpaper and sand over the stained area. Pop open that can of stain blocker primer and give it a stir. Take your paintbrush; dip it in the primer and paint over the stained area. Dry time should be about 30 minutes. After that you can paint over with your original wall or ceiling paint and it will be as if that stain was never there at all.

Grease Stains

Walls that get dingy or yellow over time from nicotine or even kitchen grease. You can clean that with TSP cleaner. Wear gloves when you use this product to keep your hands from drying out. Mix about a quarter cup of this powder into your bucket of water, and with your sponge, you should be able to clean those dingy walls with ease. Once it's wet with your sponge, you can wipe off that wet area with the dry rag. You'll really be able to see a difference. Look at all that nasty grease and grime.

Ink Stains

Remove pen marks or magic marker marks with rubbing alcohol. Wet your cotton pads or cotton balls with the rubbing alcohol and those pen marks should wipe right off.... like magic.

Remember homeowners; all stains and messes can be made clean again with the right product and simple techniques. For more info on videos on being a handy homeowner, go to about.com. I'm Alex Nice and I'll see you next time.
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