This job, of course, comes with all sorts of hilarious moments, but I think one of my favorite so far was this week’s plea for help for “a friend”.
Of course, all I can think of this scene from Titanic.
Getting silicone lubricant off your wall
The problem here really is that my customer’s “friend” has flat/eggshell painted walls. These finishes are more absorbent and less able to survive a good scrubbing. Generally speaking, here are the recommendations* for removing lubricant marks.
- Our toy cleaner, Come Clean. It’s designed to dissolve lubricant!
- Dawn or other grease dissolving soap.
- A citrus based cleaner like De-Solv-It or Goo Gone.
- If all else fails, give an alcohol based solvent a try like odorless mineral spirits.
Caution: Always do a spot test first and on any item, fabric, paint, wall, whathaveyou, RUB gently! Even if the solvent doesn’t damage the item, overzealous scrubbing can still cause damage.
I’m not holding out much hope for my friend’s wall. I have a house full of eggshell paint and have given up trying to get bacon grease off my kitchen ceiling.
*No guarantees on any of these as I have personally not conducted a “silicone handprint on eggshell wall” experiment yet to determine the veracity of these suggestions.