Asked on Jan 1, 2019

How do I clean black wallpaper from old radiator oil?

Lifestyles HomesLeahDeb K


I have wallpaper expensive. Old radiator oil heat and it’s made the paper black. I have tried bleach borax doesn’t come out any recommendation

7 answers
  • Have you tried a vinegar / water solution?

  • William
    on Jan 1, 2019

    The soot is very oily. You need a degreasing cleaner. TSP, trisodium phosphate or Krud Kutter.

  • Rose Broadway
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Marisa, I could not find information exactly on this subject, but this video was in among the ones of removing dirt from your type of heating. I hope this works for you, if it doesn't, come back and we will try something else.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Use degreaser and do not rub it you'll push it into wallpaper fibers dab it/blot it

  • Deb K
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Hi Marisa, have you tried pretreating it with a diluted light grease cutter like simple green , dab it off, then use a steamer and dab to remove the oil, don't wipe as you may remove the paper

  • Leah
    on Jan 1, 2019

    The black is oil based and Krud Kutter will cut it. Buy original concentrate. Put in a spray bottle and add water. Spray, wait a minute, wipe off. No smell.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Oil-based stains are not going to come out of paper.

    Soap would cut the oil on a non-absorbent surface.

    I would try an orange-oil based cleaner, or other grease-cutting cleaners.

    But honestly, it sounds like a too tough problem.

    I would start looking for a glass shop that will sell me a large piece of factory frosted tempered glass (or a pre-made frosted shower door replacement panel).

    I would use mirror clips & fasten it to the wall behind the radiator.

    Before that I’d use tinted stain-blocking primer on the area where the glass paneling will go.

    I can’t think of another non-combustible paneling product that will take the serious cleaning required, sorry.

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