How to deal with nicotine-stained walls?

The nicotine in cigarette smoke leaves behind a yellow residue that stains walls and windows. If not kept in check, this residue can build up over time, making it difficult to remove. Even more important than unsightly yellow stains is the health hazard presented by nicotine buildup on walls, which is often referred to as “thirdhand smoke” by medical professionals.




The best cleaner for nicotine on walls from a commercial standpoint is a product containing trisodium phosphate or TSP. TSP is a general-purpose cleaner found in most home improvement stores.

Before cleaning the wall, put a tarp down on the floor to protect it from drips. It’s also a good idea to don cleaning gloves, as TSP can irritate the skin.
To remove nicotine from walls, follow the directions on the label for the proper amount of water to cleaner ratio. Dip a sponge or scrub brush in the cleaning solution and wipe or scrub until the stain disappears. It may take several passes for stains that are building up over time. Rinse the sponge in clean water and wipe the area clean of the cleanser.



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Tackles tough stains including severe water damage, rust, smoke, nicotine, grease, tannin, ink, pencil, felt marker, pet stains, and more
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Can be top-coated with latex or oil-base paint
For interior use
Low odor

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