Asked on Jun 30, 2019

How can I clean cat snot off of a painted wall?

by Sharifa

How to clean cat snot off a painted wall.

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  31 answers
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jun 30, 2019

    Oh, my. I thought I was the only one dealing with this issue. Anyway, I just use a rag dampened with water. Sometimes I'll use a squirt of cleaner but that's rougher on your paint. The fresher the snot is, the easier it is to remove. BTW, have you ever had a booger stuck on your bare leg?

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    • Breezy Breezy on Jul 31, 2022

      I haven't tried this yet but I have noticed that the outside water bowl gets slimy from slugs and the only thing that seems to cut through that slime is salt so I would try something a little abrasive like salt but it will melt as you scrub it or some other way to score the cats not like with the razor knife just little scratches in it or with a steel wool and then attempt to clean so that more product can get into the snotI haven't tried this yet but I have noticed that the outside water bowl gets slimy from slugs and the only thing that seems to cut through that slime is salt so I would try something a little abrasive like salt but it will melt as you scrub it or some other way to score the cats not like with the razor knife just little scratches in it or with a steel wool and then attempt to clean so that more product can get into the snot. Slug slime and cat snot have got to be those best sticking glue there is out there and it is near impossible to get it off. My door needs paint anyway so I'm going to roughen the part where the snot is that I'm gonna spray it with cleaner that with cleaner that I'm gonna do my best to get the most of it off and send some salad and a 1/2 so I'm just gonna paint over it. DONE. Only one other thing I can think of is to take something like Chris Coe hear me out for Vaseline and spread a little bit on the snot so it moisturizes moisturizes it and makes it less stuck to the wall because I have some kitchen grease mixed with nicotine that's probably 5 years old and I tried every cleaner and then I took some crisco on a steel wall pad and swirled it around literally wiped it off and miracle miracle the glue a sticky kitchen grease was gone. grease removes grease keep that in mind

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Jun 30, 2019

    Try some straight vinegar with a little Dawn dish soap and hot water gonna have to do it several times gently keep rubbing so you don't take off paint.

  • Dawn Nadeau Reyna Dawn Nadeau Reyna on Oct 29, 2019

    Steel wool then repaint. I stand firmly in my belief that cats not has the same molecular structure as super glue

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    • Linda Brown Linda Brown on Feb 23, 2021

      My cat has chronic respiratory and has at least two sneezing episodes every day...maybe more.. Sometimes so bad and hard he will sneeze blood. When I find it usually dried like glue. I am 77 and can't bend over to clean. Do you think oven. Cleaner will remove from metal doors.

  • Geneva Willeby Geneva Willeby on Nov 02, 2019

    Try steam from a iron hold it a few inches from wall this should help soften the snot so it wipes off.

  • Majesticartax Majesticartax on Nov 03, 2019

    I don’t know how well my method will stand the test of time regarding wall paint, but I’ve been having amazing results with 3% hydrogen peroxide with even the driest, thickest, crustiest of boogs. I spray it on, wait for it to fizz, and then wipe it away. The peroxide degrades the biological material and works really well as a method for detecting those invisible snots near popular sneezing spots because it bubbles and turns white on contact with bio matter. Sometimes I have to spray a single chunk several times, but there has been no damage to my walls, vinyl floors, wood furniture, etc. and i’ve been using peroxide for about 3 months now. I have tried SO MANY other methods and this. works. GREAT.

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    • Alex Alex on Nov 27, 2022

      Thank you!!! This worked so so well for us! All of them came off even ones that had been there for over a year.

  • Rachel Marie Rachel Marie on Dec 25, 2019

    Get toilet paper wet and make "spit wads" You know those wads of wet tissue that were always stuck to the ceiling in your high school bathroom? Leave on for 30 minutes to soften the snot then wipe off the moist snot!

  • J Brown J Brown on Feb 12, 2020

    get a small "sample" jar of paint to cover any paint damage. Box store can color match the paint, can usually get large enough "chip" under an outlet or switch plate cover.

    Now you are ready for whatever wall touch-up you may need.

  • Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan on Mar 05, 2020

    THANK YOU for asking this.

    I have TWO wonderful cats with MAJOR bronchial troubles. My vet is working with me on this awful problem. Mucus and blood are superglue.

    I will try all suggestions: hot water, hydrogen peroxide, Dawn, baking soda and vinegar . . .

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    • Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan on Aug 03, 2021


      I just now read this. My cats were born with this issue. I think their mother was infected. I think it is a failed vaccination.

      One cat was an adult with it, and one was a kitten. I was able to rapidly treat the kitten, but my beloved adult cat who is taking two compounded medications twice a day is very, very incurably sick. His vet has a degree in virology in addition to all the copious things vets must learn.

      It is MUCH more difficult to become a vet than a physician. I will call today to find out if there was an official diagnosis.

  • Connie Vinson Connie Vinson on Apr 23, 2020

    I use a Norwex spiri sponge. It may take a little scrubbing but it won't remove the paint. Wet the Spiri Sponge a little and squeeze out excess water first. You have to buy these from a dealer in

    your area.

  • Jamie Sandifer Jamie Sandifer on Jun 06, 2020

    I so thought we were the only ones with that issue..never doubt the all and powerful Google !

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 01, 2020

    I found that by soaking it that it would soften and you can wipe it off easily. Just take a paper towel, wet it, apply to the "spot" and let it sit there for about half and hour. That reconstitutes the stuff and makes it easy to wipe up.

  • Nicole Anderson Nicole Anderson on Oct 26, 2020

    I found that bathroom soap scum remover works a treat, spray it on, let it sit for 5 minutes and it wipes straight off! I use a scraper for the bigger chunks 😬

  • Laura Laura on Dec 14, 2020

    Thanks everyone!

  • Kathy Carrico Kathy Carrico on Jan 29, 2021

    I wish I had searched this about this 2 weeks ago, I just spend $2200 for the Vet to do a Rhinoscopy on my Skittles. Ever since she was a kitten, she is not 5, one eye and one nose has always run. About 5 months snot just pours out of her nose all the time and when she sneezes, which is about 30 times a day, it goes over everything. I have tried several cleaning products with no result, so I will try some of these suggestions. Thank you

  • Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan on Feb 02, 2021

    I have had great success using a cotton pad saturated in H2O2 and stuck to the wall for half an hour with blue tape. The weak peroxide breaks down the mucus/blood as little else will and leaves my paint totally undamaged.

    I hope you have similar success. This stuff is everywhere and I think of it as cat superglue.

  • Try a steamer and then squirt a little bit of vinegar...gently but effective.

  • Gary Meck Gary Meck on Jul 27, 2021

    There have been a lot of good suggestions on this site and I found one that really works well, so here it is. Using over the counter 3% Hydrogen Peroxide straight out of the bottle, use 1/2 sheet of paper towel, fold it to a size slightly larger than the area to be cleaned and saturate with the Hydrogen Peroxide. I used a ramekin with 3-4oz. Squeeze out some of the excess then press firmly to the wall, and using blue painters tape (I used 2" wide) apply tape across paper towel and let sit for 30 minutes. After waiting 30 minutes, wipe gently with the same damp paper towel and within a minute or two it will be gone. I've treated 6 spots so far with no damage to the paint.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 05, 2022

    I wet a paper towel and let that sit on the cat snot for about half and hour. Just make sure your paper towel doesn't dry out and isn't so wet that water runs down the wall. This will rehydrate the snot and you should be able to wipe it right off.

  • Amber Dawn Walker-Bolton Amber Dawn Walker-Bolton on Apr 23, 2022

    The best tip for me was hydrogen peroxide for ten minutes then cover with wet tissue for ten minutes and they wipe away clean.

  • Nora Nora on Aug 04, 2022

    Wow am I glad I found this forum. My 14 year old baby with kidney disease is a booger monster and his boogs are everywhere. I use Clorox wipes in a gentle circular motion and they come off pretty quick. I haven't removed any paint yet with them but I'm sure it's probably the semigloss paint we have. Best of luck to all of you, fellow booger monster parents.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 04, 2022

    I found the easiest thing for me to do was dampen a paper towel. Apply that to the wall (a wet paper towel will stick to the wall).

    Let it sit in place for about 30 minutes and that seems to soften the cat snot and it wipes right off.

  • Mek69114000 Mek69114000 on Aug 13, 2022

    Fold a couple of sheets of toilet tissue , dampen and slap on the booger. Wait 5 or 10 minutes. Comes off easily

  • Alex Alex on Nov 27, 2022

    Majesticartax is exactly right!! Hydrogen peroxide and a microfiber towel (without having to let it soak) removed year old booger/blood (my vet calls them snot rockets) marks from our light purple walls without removing any of the paint or staining the walls. Thank you!

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 10, 2022

    Hi Sharifa, hope this helps you out.

  • Try hydrogen peroxide.

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    To clean cat snot off of a painted wall, you can try the following steps:

    1. Gently scrape off as much of the snot as possible using a dull knife or spatula. Be careful not to scratch the paint.
    2. Dampen a cloth with warm water and gently rub the area where the snot was. This may help to loosen and remove the snot.
    3. If the snot is still not coming off, you can try using a mixture of equal parts water and mild dish soap. Dampen a cloth with the mixture and gently scrub the area.
    4. If the snot is still not coming off, you can try using a commercial cleaner specifically designed for removing stains from painted walls. Follow the instructions on the product and be sure to use it in a well-ventilated area.
    5. Once the snot has been removed, wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.

    Remember to be gentle and use caution when cleaning painted walls, as the paint can easily be damaged.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 27, 2023

    In the time it took you to take that picture you could have cleaned it off with a wet wipe.

  • Jordan Allsman Jordan Allsman on Sep 03, 2023

    I have a sneezy Siamese at home who also likes to decorate my walls with his snot!

    hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and a toothbrush work amazingly for us!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 03, 2023

    Spray with hydrogen peroxide and if it is dry one, let it set with a piece of wadded up toilet paper to hold the peroxide in place.. Paper towels are not the best for the environment.

  • Mary Katherine Mary Katherine on Sep 11, 2023

    Wet a melamine/eraser sponge with water. Shocked by how well this works.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Sep 11, 2023

    Magic eraser and warm water! Works like a charm.

    • Linda Newman Linda Newman on Apr 01, 2024

      This is what i have used for the last 12 years with my snazzy cat. Magic eraser and warm water for the win. She sneezes regularly and it’s always that darkish red brown snot that makes my walls look like a murder has occurred. Lol.

      Now if i can only figure out how to keep it from staining my new light blue sofa. It didn’t show on my previous charcoal gray one, so i totally didn’t even think about it being an issue when i bought this new one. But it quickly stains this light blue corduroy. For now i have to keep it constantly covered, so I'm not getting to enjoy the new color. Any suggestions for protecting furniture fabric from the snotties?