If you live in a house where there are smokers who are allowed to smoke indoors, you may notice that the nicotine from the cigarettes begins to stain not must the smokers’ fingers, gums, lips, and teeth, but also the walls. If you want to remove nicotine stains from walls, here are some steps that you need to follow.
- Determine your wall type. First of all, you need to determine exactly what type of material has been used for your walls. The type of material that has been used for your walls will largely determine the type of cleaning solution that you will need to prepare. After all, a wall that is made from alabaster or from stone is different from a wall that has been covered with paint or a wall that is made from wood.
- For stone or vinyl walls. If you happen to have walls made from alabaster, stone, tiles, or vinyl covering, then you will need to create a mixture of one cup of hot water combined with two cups of bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Simply mix these two in a large bucket and then add a little bit of plain alcohol. Usually, a teaspoon of alcohol will be enough. Mix very well and then apply on the wall using a rag or a heavy duty sponge. You can make a large mixture, but make sure that you maintain the same proportions of two cups of bleach for each cup of hot water and a bit of rubbing alcohol.
- Wood walls. If you have wooden walls, on the other hand, you will need to use plain dishwashing liquid. Simply take a large bucket and fill it up with some warm water. Afterwards, add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid and stir it into the warm water until soap suds have begun to form on the top of the bucket. You will need to apply this onto the wall using a brush. You can also transfer the solution into a spray bottle so that you will be able to spray it onto the wall more easily. Make sure that you brush in a circular motion until the nicotine stains have all gone away.
- Painted walls. If your walls have been covered with paint, however, cleaning up the nicotine stains can be a little bit trickier because you cannot rely on very harsh chemicals to easily remove the stains. A milder formula that you can use is made from half a cup of sugar combined with half a cup of laundry powder. Add another half a cup of plain white vinegar and mix it all in with two quarts of warm water. Place in a bucket and apply in the walls using a large sponge or a rag. Afterwards, rub away the dirty stains on the painted walls until the stains have all been removed.
Also try to keep people from smoking so that the walls will not get stained with the nicotine. If the people living in the house simply cannot keep themselves from smoking, at least make it a rule that they must smoke outsides so that the nicotine does not cling to the walls.