Sometimes while I am working, I inevitably end up touching recently painted walls with my hands. Though I try to keep my hands clean, the combination of the dirt and sweat on my hands leaves a very visible brown smudge on the wall.

I do not know what type of paint is used on the walls. The paint has had 24 hours to dry, but it typically has been applied within the past week.

What is the best way to remove the smudge? I would rather not carry around a spray bottle with soap water and clean rags. Would lightly sanding the spot with a very fine grit sandpaper work to remove it?


I usually just use a wet rag or a wet brush and "scrub"

  • Is doing that ok on paint which may have not yet fully cured? – Sam Sep 14 '19 at 21:06
  • I have done it several times, just don't scrub too hard and go in a circular motion. – SheenaMB Sep 14 '19 at 21:08
  • Thanks for the tip. I will give it a try monday and report back! – Sam Sep 14 '19 at 21:12

Definitely do not lightly sand. You will screw up the sheen. Use a clean rag with some clear DAWN. Did it just last week and it worked great.

  • This paint is flat, does that make a difference? – Sam Sep 14 '19 at 21:53
  • It will if and when any light hits it... I made the mistake when I painted my kitchen...Looked great until the sun came up or the lights were on. – JACK Sep 14 '19 at 22:06
  • Got it. I'll try the clear dish soap on monday. – Sam Sep 14 '19 at 22:10

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