Cleaning Nicotine from Wood Furniture

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Nicotine from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can leave yellow stains on your furniture. Removing this sticky residue can be done taking care not to damage the finish on your furniture. This is a page about cleaning nicotine from wood furniture.


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How can I get nicotine color and smell out of a wicker bedroom set? Please help!


December 21, 20170 found this helpful
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Getting nicotine off wicker.

Step 1
Take outside and mix 1/2 vinegar and water with tsp of dawn dish soap.

Step 2
Spray the whole piece of wicker and scrub with a sponge.

Step 3
Then rinse with a hose if you can.

Step 4
Repeat and dry well with a towel.

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December 24, 20170 found this helpful
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There are several different types of furniture that is called "wicker" so it would be best to know what type you have before you start.


  • Wicker furniture can be made of natural wicker and painted (or left natural) or it can be made of plastic (and still be called wicker).
  • If this is newly acquired used furniture you may be able to find a material tag on the underside of the bed frame or maybe inside one of the dresser drawers.
  • Nicotine stains and odors are nasty and not always easy to remove.
  • It would be best if you could do this cleaning outside but it could be done inside (maybe a garage or carport?).
  • I always like using diluted ammonia as there is no rinsing and it will remove these stains and odors BUT ammonia can only be used in a well ventilated area and it is best to wear gloves and try to not breath the fumes.
  • Use about 2-3 tablespoons of ammonia to a gallon of water. You can increase the ammonia if it does not completely clean the first time. Sponge on and use a soft brush or toothbrush to clean the crevices. Do not soak - only wipe.
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  • Use old towels/cloths to dry as much as possible and do not leave in strong sunlight.
  • Every spot has to be cleaned or the odor will remain (bed-frame and inside/under drawers).

Here is a link to an excellent source of information about cleaning different types of wicker.

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September 26, 2013

How do I remove nicotine and cigarette smell from a large wood hutch? I have tried a wood cleaner and some came off. It is so thick you can feel it. But I am afraid of ruining the hutch; it's my mother's. It is so bad I won't bring it in my home. Please help. There has to be a way to remove this.

By Tammy H from Zanesville, OH


March 15, 20170 found this helpful

Depending on what other liquid cleaners you have used, the way you describe the problem sounds more like you have cleaned/stripped the varnish off along with the nicotine! You may have to strip it all down now and start all over again with new stain and polyurethane or varnish OR, you could just paint it any color you desire!! DO NOT forget to put a primer on it first though.

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April 10, 20170 found this helpful

Use any good brand of chalk paint like Annie Sloan or Dixie Belle and you won't have to prime it. I recommend Dixie Belle...great coverage!

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October 28, 2011

I need to get it off some wood furniture I bought from family. It's a mess, but was my aunt's. She's gone, but the nicotine is trying to stay. Please help.


By Sonja from Smalltown, KY


October 31, 20111 found this helpful

TSP or Trisodim Phosphate is a liquid or powder that you dilute with water. It's amazing for ridding walls, floors, and furniture from nicotine stink and color. It's in any houswares dept.

Hope that helps. Sandi

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October 31, 20111 found this helpful

A solution of half water-half vinegar will work too. Use a dampened cloth to lightly wipe the upholstered parts of the furniture. It may take a few times to completely rid the furniture of the stench, but the vinegar and water will do the trick.

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November 25, 2008

I have nicotine embedded in my bedroom furniture. I'd like to know how to remove it. It's wood furniture.


November 26, 20081 found this helpful

Just fyi, it's the tar you see. Nicotine is colorless, looks like water.


I know, I'm no help at all! Good luck and good for you for wanting to do this!

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June 10, 20160 found this helpful

I feal for you..wish i could give you an easy solution but I too am having the same problem on white wood furniture..what a nightmate...the closest thing to even sligjtly working was oven cleaner
I know many of you will think pf this as way to me i have tried everyone of these suggestions on here but sadly none have worked for me
.0ne other thing i tried was mineral oil remover with lots of elbow grease , and it did help remove some of it.
Best of luck to you

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November 25, 2008

I would like to know how to clean nicotine off of wood furniture. Oven cleaner works, but also takes off paint if it's left on slightly too long.


Nicotine off Wood Furniture

I would suggest trying Lemon Oil. It worked for my mom to help to remove paint off of a Mantel Clock. It is in stores in the cleaning supplies. Just pure Lemon Oil, and it won't hurt the wood. Just put it on a clean cloth, rub on the wood, then polish with another cloth. You may have to do it a few times, it smells good, and is good for the wood, it helps to preserve it.
-Sharon Lee (02/18/2004)

By ThriftyFun

Nicotine on appliances

I am needing to clean some appliances that are severely stained with nicotine. I have tried just about everything like Mean Green, Oven cleaner, Degreaser, Windex, among other various cleaners. I have even tried sanding them down, nothing thus far is working. Need any suggestions please. (03/04/2005)

By Jen

Nicotine off Wood Furniture

Don't laugh, but a regular bar of Ivory soap will remove nicotine off of anything. Dampen a sponge or cloth and rub the bar with it.
I scrubbed my brains out with practically every cleaner available and the Ivory removes it like a breeze with very little effort. Amazing!
I do my furniture with Ivory also. Shines like new after it's polished. (03/26/2005)

By Captain

Getting nicotine off appliances

Scrubbing Bubbles does a wonderful job. It does the work for you. (04/26/2008)

By Kathy

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