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Removing Wall Grease

Iron out grime from your "nonwashable" wallcoverings

Getting Out the Grease
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Most washable wallcoverings can be scrubbed clean with a sponge and nonabrasive cleanser. Try that with a nonwashable wallcovering, and you'll ruin the surface. A little-known secret: Most greasy, grimy stains and spots can be drawn out of nonwashable wallcoverings with a standard electric clothes iron.

Place both layers of a regular brown grocery bag right over the stain. Press the paper with a warm iron — no steam — for a minute or two. The paper will absorb the heated grease. If necessary, repeat the process with clean paper until the stain lifts out.

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Getting Out the Grease

 

Getting Out the Grease

Getting Out the Grease
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Getting Out the Grease

 
 

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