How Can I Remove Black Rubber Stains From Wall Paint?

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Things You'll Need

  • Pencil eraser

  • All purpose cleaner

  • Clean, white cloth

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Sponge

  • Clean towel

Do not use abrasive cleansers to remove scuff marks.

Black rubber stains, also called scuff marks, can show up on your painted walls easily. Carelessly throwing shoes against the wall can leave rubber stains from the soles. Bumping furniture into the walls can leave black rubber stains from the bumpers or feet of the piece. To remove rubber stains, start with the least abrasive method first.


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Step 1

Erase the black rubber stain with a pencil eraser. Use gentle pressure so you don't remove any paint.

Step 2

Spray a clean white cloth with household cleaner and dab at the stain softly until it comes off, if the eraser does not work.

Step 3

Dampen a white cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab once at the largest part of the stain. Look at the cloth. If you see black rubber on the cloth, continue dabbing the rest of the stain until it comes off.

Step 4

Wet a sponge with the rubbing alcohol, if the white cloth is not removing the stain. Gently scrub the stain, being sure you're not removing any paint with the stain. Scrub until the mark is gone. Wipe the wall down with a wet cloth and dry it with a clean towel.



Dawn Gibbs

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.