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No More Bad Habits! How To Remove Nicotine Stains From Painted Walls

I recently quit smoking and I feel much better! This terrible habit is still visible on my kitchen walls, and I want to get rid of the horrible odor and stains.

It has been 3 years since I repainted the walls, and the walls have already developed that yellowish tint due to tar and nicotine. Smoke residues are not only unsightly, but they are also harmful to health, causing respiratory and lung problems. After years of smoking, who am I to speak to? In any case, I wanted my kitchen walls to be free of the creepy yellowish tint.

It may be necessary to prime and repaint your walls if your walls are heavily stained with nicotine, but if the stains aren’t so obvious, you can follow these steps:

đź›’ Needed supplies:

  • 2 microfiber cloths

  • 1-gallon bucket

  • Sponge

  • Dish soap

  • Baking soda

  • White vinegar / ammonia / lemon juice

Step 1

Dust the walls by wiping them with a microfiber cloth or damp chamois cloth. If you want to reach corners and crevices, you can vacuum them with a hose and upholstery brush attachment.

Step 2

Fill a 1-gallon bucket with hot tap water. Add 3 tablespoons of dish soap and 1/2 cup baking soda. Stir to mix.

Step 3

Dip a sponge into the homemade cleaning solution, wring it out and then wash the walls from the bottom up. Dry each section with a microfiber or chamois cloth immediately after washing to prevent the wall from absorbing too much water.

Step 4

Pour 1 cup of undiluted white vinegar / ammonia / lemon juice (your choice) into a bowl. When using vinegar or ammonia, open the windows or turn on a fan.

Step 5

Use a sponge to soak up vinegar or ammonia. Starting at the bottom and scrubbing gently in a circular motion, wash the walls.

Step 6

Rinse the sponge in clean water, wring it out and wipe the walls down. Dry them with a microfiber or chamois cloth.

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