Any way to get rid of these above-radiator wall stains ?

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  1. tausifs

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    Hi ,

    These have been bugging me for a while. They seem to be marks of rising dust and the clearer patch is where a calendar normally hangs but I took it off for the photo , probably needs to be there to help cover it up !

    We changed the radiator a year or so ago , which explains why the grill pattern don't really match up with the wall stain pattern.

    I am loathed to try painting as I don't want to paint the whole room.

    Any tips ? Thanks in advance.​
     

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    any smokers in the house in other rooms (kitchen etc) or anyone burn candles/incense much?

    The marks are usually caused by black particles in the air that gravitate towards the walls above the radiators due to convection currents and then attach to the wall. It could also be that the particular paint used there is susceptible to the slightest of particulates
     
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    No smokers or incense use. I thought it was convected as you say, but dust particles. I wonder if there are any sticky roller brushes that might be of use , but may end up wearing off the paint.
     
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    Think painting the wall is your only option unfortunately.
     
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    If I am right then normal dust particles are generally too heavy to be carried in this way, it might be something thats coming into the house from outside, its really fine particules that would be carried.

    You can try lightly cleaning it off with a microfibre cloth but without identifying the source they will likely keep coming back. As @k17chy says, you will likely need to repaint the area itself. Some paints are just more susceptible to it, flat paints will tend to pick it up more, satin or semi gloss wont get it as bad
     
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    If you can get it clean, and you have nothing to lose trying to if you are prepared to paint it, then fitting a radiator shelf would divert the convected air away from the wall. Of course you would then have a radiator shelf and not everybody likes those :)
     
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    As it's a small wall, why not make it a feature wall so you don't have to paint the whole room.
     
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    Put a purple tinge on them and you could paint the 'bad' minions underneath them
     

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