Cleaning Nicotine from Walls

We bought a cute cottage at the beach, but the walls, everything stinks of smoke. I am in the process of cleaning all the walls. I use Clorox cleaner with bleach. This is a picture of how dirty the walls are. The house was built in 1952 so we have a lot of cleaning to do.

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November 23, 20163 found this helpful
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I find that TSP or TrisodiumPhosphate is great for this and the powdered form is not expensive at all.

Mix it with water, and you can sponge it on with cheap mops, protecting the flooring if you need to.

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January 14, 20171 found this helpful

Buy curtain magic just need spray & within 2 mins the product self cleans

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June 12, 20170 found this helpful

Lowes sells a product called Greased Lightening. You spray it on and just keep wiping with paper towels. Buy a big bundle of cheap ones. That way you don't have to keep rinsing a sponge. It is a miracle worker on nicotine.

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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

This worked for me. I couldn't get the TSP but I was able to use a similar TSP product at Home Depot.


A pound box was 3.96. I've been using a mop and old towels to wipe it clean. So far, so good!

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February 21, 20181 found this helpful

Spray-9...heavy duty cleaner & degreaser, it can be bought at Menards or homedepot. Nic & tar just runs off the walls & it disenfects. I've did no scrubbing, just wipe clean. I heard whispered by painters & contractors ( there little secret ). I tried it & Lo & behold ! It worked ! Easiest nic & tar removal I've used since 1988. There used to be a specialty product called Nic & Tar off, made by Eco-lab. This product was incredible., Eco-discontinued it in 1996. I've wondered if Spray-9 heavy duty cleaner & degreaser is the same formula. I bought the Spray-9 buy the gallon from Menards . Iam a retired Project Manager that specialized in building and or renovating Hotels. Courtyard ,Radisson, holiday inn, Marriott ,etc.

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June 5, 20160 found this helpful

Try Awesome cleaner, found at most Dollar stores. Spray and watch it melt. Open windows please, but it's pretty miraculous

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September 7, 20160 found this helpful

I am going to try Awesome on my walls that have old nicotine stains on them. I hope it works. Let me know if you think this will work? Thanks

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November 3, 20160 found this helpful

That actually looks like "ordinary" smoke and dirt as opposed to nicotine. If the house has now or, at some time in the past had either a woodburner or coal furnace, that is likely what this is.

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November 5, 20160 found this helpful

Yes it works...we thought our living room walls were painted brown when we moved in our house, turns out it was cigarette smoke. Awesome is the way to go

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful

The best to clean Nicotine is alcohol, (Rubbing type) but you might try an oil soap for wood paneling. If you use alcohol just dampen a towel or rag, a lot of rags.


With wood paneling I've seen it as bad as you pic after never having seen tobacco smoke. Oh nicotine when it comes of is brown or dark orange.

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful

Nicotine comes off yellow brown not black, your walls are just dusty, dirty.

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