Clean Walls with Vinegar and Ammonia

I'm currently cleaning an estate, and this is proof that nicotine can be washed off of the walls with vinegar, and ammonia. I didn't even use the baking soda with the concoction! Also, if you use a Scotch-Brite Dobie, it works much better than just using a rag! Happy cleaning!
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February 14, 20142 found this helpful
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Ammonia is unbeatable for removing cigarette tar from walls. Since the vinegar would dilute the ammonia, I would think ammonia alone, would be best.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

It is short lived however in badly stained homes, it literally continues to seep out from the wall for decades and painting only covers for a few years on average on badly stained homes.. there is no remedy but temporary; removing the drywall of installing 1/4" drywall over the existing is it except for paneling etc.

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February 15, 20140 found this helpful

If you mixed the ammonia with the vinegar, you will have weakened the ammonia. If you used one and then the other on the wall, that would be very effective, as vinegar is an acid and ammonia is a base.

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(Baking soda is a mild base, and likely wouldn't be any help when you are using ammonia already.) If you did mix them together, I suggest you just use the ammonia by itself and see if you don't get even better results.

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February 15, 20140 found this helpful

What are the portions 1/2 to 1/2 and will it work on wood paneling?

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February 12, 20161 found this helpful

on walls rags by hand will take forever . so what I do is new sturdy sponge mop clean . Pour your clean in an soak mop squeeze out most of cleaner an get to mopping the walls use a bucket of clean water to rinse mop when dirty an reapply mop to cleaner . Works great an is quick to

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

Hoping your right , I live in the family home . Fire place and smoke on walls .

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

Do not mix vineger with amonia. It is toxic

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April 5, 20171 found this helpful

No it is not; it makes ammonium acetate.

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July 19, 20171 found this helpful

Just don't ever mix vinegar and bleach! It gives of strong fumes that burn your eyes, throat, and sinuses! I found out the hard way.

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October 1, 20170 found this helpful

Ok I have an old house the last owners smoked in the bathroom which doesn't have a fan and I have scrubbed the walls with ammonia at least 50 times in 2 years but every time we take a shower the wall begin to bleed niccotine again and again how do I stop this I can't believe how much is built up in the walls

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April 28, 20180 found this helpful

can you get cigarette smoke stain off wall paper with TSP
without ruining it?

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