Asked on Jun 13, 2018

How to remove oil stains from a flat paint wall?

Can someone tell me how to clean walls with flat paint to rid it of oil stains?

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 13, 2018

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  • Suzette Suzette on Jun 13, 2018

    Hi Debra, Any decent dish soap can remove grease stains on walls. For small stains, mix: 1/4 teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Clean stubborn grease stain with solution of 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water. Just don't scrub to hard.

    Good luck!

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    • Suzette Suzette on Apr 15, 2020

      Sorry you're having such a difficult time. Maybe it's time to re paint, first using a stain blocking primer like Kilz.

      Good luck!!

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Jun 13, 2018

    Try a mix of water, baking soda and dish liquid.

  • Martine Hayes Martine Hayes on Apr 15, 2020

    I thought the baking soda was working but now it’s dry they have all come back

  • Silvestre Silvestre on Dec 16, 2020


    I had a very noticeable oil stain on a white painted wall, right in the middle of the room.

    I just used a damp rag and (very very very) gently rub the stain and a large section around it. It took me about 1h. It removed it but it required much patience.

    To do this, you’ll have to have a lot of free time that day. And really think of it as relaxing. Tough job but it worked for me and I’m an anxiety filled bomb. You just need to make sure you have (at least) 2 hours of free time so you are not constantly looking at the clock. And using the rest of that time to relax afterwards is absolute heaven. Of course the duration will depend on how large the stain is. Mine wasn’t incredibly giant but it was noticeable, not just a small dot (at all).

    It won’t strain your arm because you are using very gentle strokes.

    I used a microfibre damp light blue cloth. It needed to have colour so I could check if there was any paint coming off (throughout the whole process) but I definitely didn’t want to risk using a bright coloured one and stain the wall.


    I waited about five days until I tried to remove the stain but merely because I was afraid of making it worse. Thankfully, it all went well.


    .With any products (or homemade mixtures).

    If you use products, please try and test if any paint comes off on a more hidden area of your wall, that way you avoid unpleasant surprises. Let it dry too after applying it so you can actually truly see if there was any damage.


    Trust me, it requires much more effort (and patience) having to paint the entire room afterwards than taking a while with water or testing a product or mixture first.

  • Em Em on Dec 16, 2020

    White vinegar. Pour some straight out to the bottle onto a sponge and rub the stain. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which breaks down oil and grease.

    Dish soap. Dish soap removes the oils from last night's dinner from your pots and pans, and it also gets grease off the wall. Soak a rag in hot water, wring it out, add a squirt of dish soap and scrub away.

    Baking soda. Make a paste with baking soda and water and scrub it on the stains, using a sponge or other nonabrasive cleaning implement.

    Flour or cornstarch. Make a paste, using either of these powders and water, and spread the paste on the stain. Let it stay for several minutes, then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Repeat as many times as necessary.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Dec 16, 2020

    Degreaser to clean. Then cover it with Kilz primer or varnish and repaint the wall.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 16, 2020

    2018 not a recent post

  • Amenify Amenify on Oct 04, 2023

    Removing oil stains from a flat paint wall can be a bit challenging because flat paint is more porous and can be sensitive to certain cleaning agents. However, you can try the following steps to remove oil stains safely:

    Materials You'll Need:

    1. Dishwashing detergent or mild liquid soap
    2. Warm water
    3. Clean white cloths or sponges
    4. Baking soda (optional)
    5. Paint touch-up (optional)

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  • Try a dish soap like Dawn that removes grease.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 04, 2023

    Since it is flat paint, it is not as scrubable as glossier paints, it may be difficult to remove the grease stain and keep the paint on the wall. Use warm water with blue dawn dish soap and a clean rag to gently scrub it. Rinse with clear water. It may be time to repaint, use Kilz as a primer and paint when dry.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 04, 2023

    Mix equal parts vinegar and water and apply it to the oil stain with a sponge or cloth. Good luck flat paint is hard to clean. Always scrub gently and don't use products with ammonia. Working in small sections can keep streak marks from showing up.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 07, 2023

    I think the oil will have been drawn in to the wall, so the only answer would be to use a STAIN Cover/Block on the area and then re-paint.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 09, 2023

    Vinegar – Vinegar can effectively remove oil stains, as it breaks down the grease. Mix equal parts vinegar and water and apply it to the oil stain with a sponge or cloth. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly afterward to avoid a lingering vinegar scent.