Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 3/10/2017

Is there any way to remove egg from flat painted walls? 1 part white vinegar and 1 part cold water didn't work.

The paint comes off if I scrub too much but the stain has seeped through to the old paint. Is there anything that will break down the stain in any way or am I going to need to repaint?

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

2 Answers


You have to let it soak for 1/2 hour or so for it to work, and the vinegar and cold water (I prefer warm but not hot as that can "cook" the egg in) should have a bit of liquid dish soap in it to promote breakdown of the oils and to act as a surfactant to make sure it penetrates - but if imbedded in the paint (especially with flat, which has basically no stain resistance) then you need an alkaline degreaser like Formula 409 or Formula 505, or Zep - again, letting it soak in to dissolve the grease and egg white proteins. Or an enzyme cleaner like from Simple Green (though I don't find the "green" cleaners to work as well).

I would suspect that by the time you get it out, you will have a noticeable change in appearance in the contaminated area - so likely to need a touchup with Kilz primer (to trap in any remnant oil), then paint touchup.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



This is Chris in Member Care. Thanks for your interest in Angie's List!

We'll be happy to help find top rated providers, but it doesn't look like you have a subscription to the List yet. You can join by visiting or by giving us a call. Our call center is available 8:00 am-9:00 pm weekdays and 8:00-5:00 pm ET on Saturdays.

Thanks for your question and we look forward to assisting you!

Answered 3 years ago by Member Services

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy