How To Clean Fun Tack - Painted Walls

Fun tack, mounting putty or adhesive putty is an easy way of sticking your child's drawings to the walls. It's handy because it doesn't leave behind the holes that a push-pin would.

Unfortunately, when you decide to remove the drawings, it seems impossible to clean .

Don't worry, the following information will save you from a weekend of repainting the room.

Keep reading to discover that cleaning fun tack naturally with coconut oil is really very easy.

I'm going to demonstrate precisely how to clean fun tack from your walls, without using harsh chemicals.

Things you will need:
  • A credit card or similar plastic scraper
  • Coconut oil
  • An old toothbrush
  • Paper towels or,
  • A microfiber cloth
tools for cleaning fun tack

For satin, semi-gloss or gloss enamel paint:

The composition of mounting putty or adhesive putty includes petroleum oil

Not surprisingly, an attempt to remove it with water-based cleaning products will not work. You will likely end up damaging the paint on the walls .

You can use oil-based solvents. These will work on removing the stain from the paint without removing the paint itself. Unfortunately, most products are petroleum-based.

Then again, you can use a natural product for your cleaning. Coconut oil works very well because it is a solid at room temperature. This property helps keep it on the stain long enough to dissolve the putty without dripping down the wall.

remove fun tack - green cleaning
The procedure:
  • Start out by gently scraping off as much of the adhesive putty as you can with the credit card or plastic scraper.
  • Open the coconut oil and scoop out just enough to cover the stain. If it is cooler than 76°, the coconut oil is usually close to solid.
  • Let the coconut oil work on dissolving the mounting putty for a couple of minutes.
natural cleaning with coconut oil
safely clean funtack from walls
  • Take the toothbrush. Gently scrub the fun tack, breaking down the remaining solid part left on the wall.
  • By now, you should see most of the adhesive putty in a puddle on top of the paint. If a small amount remains, dab a little more coconut oil on the stain using your fingertip and rub the stain gently in a circular motion.
  • Now, take the microfiber or paper towel and put just a little more coconut oil on the towel. Rub the last of the mounting putty off of the wall.
  • As you can see below, the blu tack is gone!
cleaning mounting putty without chemicals
remove mounting putty from walls
  • In the event that an oily spot remains from the coconut oil. Get a little dish soap and water and rub the stain gently with the microfiber or paper towel.

    That's it, you're done!

*Note: For flat, matte enamel paint finishes, this method may leave behind a small stain depending upon how long the fun tack has been stuck to the wall. For oil based paints, please test a small area first!