Asked on Jan 22, 2015

Foam letter residue stuck to wall, how do I remove it?

Sara Arenburg
by Sara Arenburg
The residue is left on the wall, and I don't know how to get it off.
The residue
  22 answers
  • Kim Kim on Jan 22, 2015
    i use eucalyptus oil to remove any sticky residue. check a wee area first to make sure it doesn't damage your surface
  • Dorinda White Dorinda White on Jan 22, 2015
    goo gone. also check first so it doesn't damage.
  • Kim McNaughton Kim McNaughton on Jan 22, 2015
    @Sara Arenburg A coworker of mine used mayonnaise to get the stickers and residue off the walls of her Daughters bedroom.She said to leave it sit for a few minutes and lightly scrape with an old credit card,for the ones that were a little more stubborn she just repeated the process.She said you have to stay with it so that the oil from the mayonnaise doesn't seep into the wall but that it worked perfectly, she washed the walls and was ready to paint.I hope this helps you.
  • SusieB SusieB on Jan 22, 2015
    Agree with the Goo Gone suggestion. I keep a bottle in my cleaning supplies. Spray and let it soak in for a few minutes then wipe away.
  • OnBlissStreet OnBlissStreet on Jan 22, 2015
    Mr. clean Magic Eraser. My kids stuck foam stickers all over my island and that's how I got them off! It was a nightmare though... I hate foam stickers.
  • Vivian Tinder-Thomas Vivian Tinder-Thomas on Jan 22, 2015
    I would try a little alcohol on a old t-shirt.. but try it on a small spot first..
  • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jan 22, 2015
    Use margarine. It eats away at sticky residues and leaves no stains. Works on ceramic wood, leathers, glass, metals, etc. but not paper products. It takes on any petroleum based products also. It leaves an oil residue on material that you can remove with cornmeal etc and wash with normal stain remover after. Make sure it is all gone before you dry it though. A good substitute for anyone who does not like harsh chemicals. Cheaper too lol.
  • Peggy Peggy on Jan 22, 2015
    I had glue dots stuck on my front door and WD 40 worked like a charm. I'm thinking any kind of oil you use on the wall will show, so you may have to repaint. Although it left no marks on my front door.
  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 22, 2015
    Peanut butter will also take off the residue.
  • Judy Capone Mantell Judy Capone Mantell on Jan 22, 2015
    Almost any oil will work, also acetone, warm vinegar soak, baby oil, goo gone, hair dryer/oil and credit card scraper, and my old favorite, WD40. Start with the least destructive to your paint and work up from there!
  • Sara Arenburg Sara Arenburg on Jan 23, 2015
    Wawe! Thanks everyone! What am amazing help
  • Wglindner Wglindner on Jan 23, 2015
    Fabric softener
  • JzzE1 JzzE1 on Jan 23, 2015
    try orange oil. If all else fails there is a product called Adhese Release.
  • Lisa Daly Lisa Daly on Jan 26, 2015
    try nail varnish remover (the low acetone one) also great for cleaning the wire and rose on lights that hand from the ceiling, put some on a cloth and rub, dont soak surface specially near electricity,
  • Kaliisa Kaliisa on Mar 01, 2016
    what about laptops?
  • Tim Stewart Tim Stewart on Mar 02, 2016
    WD40 and a washcloth. Took some work but it did the trick
  • Cheryl Owiesny Cheryl Owiesny on Jun 20, 2017

    used wd-40 and it worked on foam stickers. then I used dawn and white vinegar to wipe up the oil that ran down the door

  • Mac31968549 Mac31968549 on Dec 01, 2017

    In the future, try and use a hairdryer before you peel the sticker off.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 30, 2022

    WD-40 or goo gone or Surgical Spirit.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 05, 2022

    WD 40

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2023

    Spray the stained area with All Purpose cleaner and wipe with paper towels. If stain persists, dampen a sponge with warm water and liquid dish soap to work the area in a circular motion. Rinse with water.