Remove Oil Stains From a Faux Plaster Finish

Updated: Jun. 30, 2017

Remove them quickly with dishwashing detergent

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Clean oil stains off painted walls quickly while fresh with mild dish detergent. Otherwise you'll have to seal and repaint.

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Remove stains on faux plaster walls

Removing an oil stain

Mix dishwashing detergent with water and lightly sponge the oil spot.

When oil splashes onto your kitchen walls, you may be left with a stubborn stain. I had the same problem with the faux plaster finish in my kitchen. While frying potatoes, I splattered some oil onto the walls and it left stains. To remove them, mix a mild dishwashing detergent, like Dawn, with warm water and apply it to the stains with a sponge or rag as shown. The detergent contains a grease cutter that should remove the stains.

If the stain has been on the wall for several months or longer and won’t come off with detergent, brush a primer over the stains. Then apply a fresh coat of plaster over the primer, wait for it to dry, and add the topcoat.

In the future, if oil splashes on the walls, use this fix immediately. The sooner you clean, the better the results.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Mud pan
  • Paintbrush
  • Taping knife
You’ll also need a bowl and a sponge.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Paint
  • Plaster
  • Primer