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Best ways to get scuff marks off of painted walls?

How would you get dirt and black/scuff marks off of painted walls? I've used the Magic Erasers and they help some, but they don't get everything off and I wondered if there was some other way to do it.
Asked by Shannon Richey on Mar 28, 2010

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Dr. Johnson C Philip   L4: Guide   407 answers   +299 votes
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It depends upon what kind of mark they are -- I mean what has caused those marks. If they are caused by paint, you will have to paint over them. If they are simple dirt, washing with soft soap will do the trick. If they have created deep scratches, then touching with paint will be needed.

Ultimately it depends upon what has caused the spots.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010
Angela Bininger   L4: Guide   9 answers   +5 votes
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Toothpaste!

Posted on Mar 31, 2010
Bill Vertard   L3: Expert   96 answers   +33 votes
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You may need to cover them with a primer paint and then touch up the finish paint.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011
Owen Graham   L1: Member   5 answers   +0 votes
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add a little dishwashing liquid (eg Dawn) to *extremely* hot water. get one of those 2 sided sponges, dampening the scuff mark with the hot water using the sponge side.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012
Sharla Smith   L5: Authority   33 answers   +45 votes
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Use T.S.P. (trisodium phospate) mixed to a strength of one part TSP to 20 parts warm water, or for heavy-duty cleaning mix it at a 1:10 ratio.  This is what is used to wash walls and other surfaces to prepare them for new paint.  Be sure to wear rubber gloves, and rinse with warm water after washing.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012
Judith Barton   L5: Authority   400 answers   +127 votes
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You don't mention the type of paint on your walls. Walls that are painted with a satin, eggshell or gloss finish should just wipe clean with a little soapy water. Walls that are painted with a flat finish are a little more difficult as the scuff mark may be more than just on the surface. If it is flat paint, try an artist's white acrylic eraser. Go gently and see if that works. If that doesn't work, I recommend a little touch up paint. You may have to go over it a couple times. I do not recommend washing a flat paint with a water based solution as it may just absorb into your drywall and damage the finish. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2012

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