How to Get Pencil Off Walls

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A pencil mark on the wall doesn't have to mean a fresh coat of paint, new wallpaper or finding a way to hide those unsightly scribbles. In many cases, pencil marks can be "erased" from the wall with an art gum or melamine-foam eraser. If erasing doesn't work, wipe away the marks with mild household abrasives.

How to Get Pencil Off Walls
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Art gum erasers are available at artist supply stores and some craft shops. An art gum eraser is gentler than many pencil erasers, making it a better choice on delicate wall coverings such as non-washable wallpaper.

How To Do It:

  • Rub the pencil marks with an art gum eraser, working from one end of each mark to the other, rather than rubbing across the marks. This helps prevent smearing.
  • Check the eraser frequently and rotate it to a fresh area if it becomes dirty to avoid creating a larger stain on the wall.
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A melamine-foam eraser -- the type designed for general household stain and scuff removal -- also removes pencil marks from walls. The foam eraser works much like a pencil eraser, wearing down as it cleans.

How To Do It: Wet a corner of the foam and gently rub the pencil mark, working from one end of the stain to the other.

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Baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, gentle enough to remove pencil from a wall without harming many types of wall surfaces.

How To Do It:

  • Dip a damp white cloth into baking soda; then rub the pencil mark following the direction of the line.
  • Brush the baking soda off the wall or wipe it with a fresh damp cloth, applying more baking-soda scrub as needed.

Keep the cloth only slightly damp -- just wet enough so the baking soda clings to it. Over-saturation may cause moisture damages on flat paint or delicate wallpaper.

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Mild abrasives in the toothpaste scrub the stain away without removing a paint finish or paper-based wall covering.

How To Do It:

  • Apply a small amount of a non-gel white toothpaste directly on the pencil markings and allow it to sit for a minute or so.
  • Wipe in the direction of the marks with a slightly damp white cloth, scrubbing the stain away.
  • Wipe away the toothpaste with a slightly damp cloth.
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