How to Remove Adhesive From a Wall

When you have leftover adhesive on your walls from a self-adhesive poster, wallpaper or double-sided tape, it makes the entire room look unattractive and makes it difficult to paint. If you attempt removal with a spatula tool, it could cause the paint to chip. Luckily, there are household products that you can use to remove the adhesive from your wall quickly and safely.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Baking soda
  • Scrub brush
  • Wash cloth
  • Gloves and facial mask

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Fill a 5-gallon pail with 1 gallon of hot water from the tap, a cup of ammonia and half a cup of white vinegar. Add in 2 heaped tbsp. baking soda and mix the solution thoroughly. If you only need a little to remove a small spot of adhesive, fill three-quarters of a 16 oz. cup with hot water, add 2 tbsp. ammonia, 1 tbsp. vinegar and 1 tsp. baking soda to create the mix.

Put on gloves and a face mask to protect yourself from the ammonia fumes. Cover your floors with plastic or tarp.

Dip a scrub brush into the solution. Scrub the adhesive spot in a circular motion until removed.

Wet a clean wash cloth with plain warm water and wipe off the excess solution. Wipe off the remaining moisture on your wall with another dry cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also leave the ammonia out of the solution and add another cup of vinegar if you want to keep it chemical-free.
  • Place the leftover mixture into a spray bottle for later use. Be sure to shake it to mix the contents thoroughly before use.


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