How to Remove White Out From a Wall

White out is a generic name for Wite-Out and other brands of white correction fluid. The fluid dries quickly on solid surfaces, such as walls. Correction fluid may be water-based or oil-based, according to wite-out.com, and this impacts which cleaning methods will be most useful. The key is to start with the least aggressive method to try to prevent damage to the wall.

Step 1

Scrape the white out with the edge of a thin coin, such as a dime or a penny. A coin's blunt edges help prevent scratching the wall--you may use any scraping tool, however, as long as you are careful. Get as much of the white out off as you can using this method.

Step 2

Dip a cotton ball, for small spills, or a sponge, for larger areas of white-out, in warm water. Apply a drop of liquid soap to the cotton ball or sponge.

Step 3

Wipe the cotton ball or sponge over the white out. Water-based formulas should start dissolving and transferring to the cotton ball or sponge. If this does not occur, then you are probably dealing with an oil-based fluid.

Step 4

Spray a citrus-based cleaner on a paper towel to remove oil-based white out. Rub this paper towel over the area, keeping the movement confined to the stain so you don't spread the white-out over the wall or damage painted surfaces.

Step 5

Dampen a paper towel in clean water. Rinse the cleaning residue from the wall by wiping it with the towel.