How To Remove Nicotine Stains from Curtains

You may have noticed the ugly yellowish tint on your curtains. You wonder what exactly caused it. Well, here is the “real” culprit: the smoke from your cigarette. If it is your habit to smoke incessantly inside your house, it can surely have caused the drastic damage to your curtains.

The yellowish tint on your curtains is due to the strong nicotine content of your cigarettes. When nicotine starts to gather on your curtains, it inevitably creates an unattractive stain. Aside from that, it also leaves a stale, pungent odor. Worse, the nicotine stains and the odor are not readily removed by using your standard detergent.

Don’t worry. Here are practical steps on how you can make your curtains unsullied:

  1. Prepare the right cleaning solution. What are the things that you need? Get a quart of water. It should be warm. Then, add into it a half tablespoon of detergent. Buy the liquid type, like the one you use for your laundry. Lastly, pour white vinegar. You need a tablespoon. Mix them well. The solution works well if your curtains are made from acrylic and rayon. You may also try it for nylon polyester.
  2. Soak or put your curtains into the solution. Do it for about half an hour. You also need to stir the water once in a while to achieve better results. Then, thoroughly rinse your curtains. Use warm water.
  3. Handle stubborn stain. If soaking doesn’t completely remove the stain, get a piece of soft cloth. Damp it in alcohol and then gently rub it against the stained area in your curtains. That should wonderfully do the trick.
  4. Wash your curtains. After doing Steps 2 and 3, use a washing machine to clean your curtains. Select the delicate cycle. After that, rinse them again and hang them to air dry.
  5. Prepare specific solutions for special kinds of curtain fabrics.

For satin and wool: You need to mix a part of glycerin with a part of detergent in a bowl. You may use the detergent for dishwashing. Then, add a part of white vinegar. Mix evenly. After a while, combine everything into eight parts of water. The water should be warm. Then, follow Steps 2, 3, and 4.

For linen and cotton:  Prepare two quarts of water. Make sure that it is warm. Mix in it a tablespoon of detergent (liquid – for laundry) and a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Put your stained curtains into the solution between 15 and 20 minutes only. Then, follow Step 3 and 4.

For vinyl curtains and blinds:  Mix warm water and dishwashing detergent. The ratio should be 8:1. Then, using a soft bristled brush, rub the surface of your vinyl curtains and blinds. A good alternative for a brush is a piece of soft cloth. After that, thoroughly rinse them with warm water. You may then dry them using another piece of dry cloth.

For better results, you may want to soak your curtains overnight. This process softens the dirt and stain in your curtains.


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