Scuff marks on a wall

Scuff marks are bothersome since they seem to arise out of nowhere!’ Just when you think your walls are spotless, scuff marks appear from nowhere! Even though they may appear with the tiniest of bumps, they are everything from inconspicuous.

The good news is that you can easily remove scuff marks off walls and return them to their pristine, brand new-looking state!

For older, more stubborn stains, more abrasive methods may be needed. Fresh scuff marks are much simpler to remove off walls than older ones. To avoid further damage to your walls, take action as soon as you see these unattractive smudges.

How severe and long-lasting the stain is will determine which cleaning approach is best. As a guide, here are our best recommendations for removing scuff marks from walls.

Use a damp cloth

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Water and a gentle cloth may remove some new scuff marks, which can be surprising to some. This procedure (and others like it) is ideal if you have no idea how long the mark has been there or how to remove it using more aggressive methods.

Use a clean and soft white cloth while cleaning with this procedure since a slightly dirty or colored cloth may transfer dirt/color to the paint finish. Additionally, make sure the towel is just moist, not soaking wet. Keep using a new side of the cloth and wiping over the scuff mark gently (avoid cleaning outside the mark as much as possible) for optimal results. To complete, dab the area with a dry towel to eliminate any remaining moisture and allow it to dry completely.

Use Water and Soap

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If a moist cloth does not remove scuff marks from your wall, the next best (and reasonably gentle) technique is to use a light soap and water cleaning solution. Using a non-abrasive sponge or a clean, soft (white) cloth, combine a few drops of mild dish soap with one cup of water.

To avoid over saturating the wall, use a moist cleaning instrument, following the same advice as the approach described above. Scrub the scuff mark with little pressure until it disappears entirely. Be patient when attempting to erase old scuff marks from your wall since it may take some time and many scrubbings before the stain is eliminated. If the treatment is effective, wipe down the wall with a clean, dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture.

Use Melanin Sponge

One of the finest and most efficient tools for eliminating wall stains, including scuff marks, is a melamine sponge. There is one drawback to using melamine sponges: they may be excessively abrasive for certain paint finishes and surfaces. To avoid this, we recommend doing a test on an inconspicuous section of your wall and using moderate pressure when scrubbing.


Make sure that the sponge is thoroughly wrung out before you begin wiping the wall with a gentle back-and-forth motion to remove the scuff. With a clean and dry cloth, wipe the area clean and dry.

Baking Soda

As the scuff mark becomes older, it becomes more difficult to erase. But if the mild cleaning options above fail to remove the persistent scuff marks off your wall, use this fast and effective method of cleaning baking soda.

Water and baking soda should be combined to form a thin paste. Dampen a soft cloth or sponge and apply a tiny quantity to the surface to be cleaned. You may use this to gently remove the scuff mark off the carpet without scrubbing outside of the stain (as much as you possibly can). In addition, baking soda has excellent cleaning characteristics, making it safe and effective to use on a wide range of surfaces, such as paint.

Use Non Gel Toothpaste

We’ve all heard about the power of white toothpaste to remove persistent stains from anything from walls to floors to furniture to shoes! With baking soda added to the components, the mild abrasion of the paste further enhances its ability to remove dirt and grime.

To remove scuff marks off a wall, dab a little quantity of (white) non-gel toothpaste on the afflicted area and let it rest for a minute or two. To remove the stain, use a moist cotton swab or a soft cloth to gently clean. Make careful to use a moist towel to remove the toothpaste residue and then dry the area.

Scuff marks on freshly painted walls are unsightly, but contrary to common perception, they do not need their removal by repainting (just yet, at least). Keep in mind that the sooner you take action to remove scuff marks from your beautiful walls, the simpler it will be to erase them.