About two billion people smoke all around the world. Besides it is bad for the health, cigarette smoke can also change the colour of your wallpapers and walls and cause hard to remove stains. If you smoke a lot in your house, you probably know what a huge problem nicotine stains are. Here are some good tips to remove the smell and the yellow colour out of your walls.
Cigarette smoke leaves bad yellow stains on the walls, which are a residue with tar and oil in it. Nicotine stains are difficult to remove and there are a lot of different methods to clean them. Cleaners Melbourne recommend that you try different things and see what will work best for you. But have in mind that mixing a lot of different detergents, in order to try removing the stains, will only make the problem worse.
Thing that you will need:
- Dry cleaning sponge
- Special cleaning detergent
- Some old cloths
- Spray bottle
How to clean the stains:
Vinegar is known to remove nicotine stains from a variety of surfaces. It’s cheap, effective and it can be found in every store. Get a spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar. You can set the spray bottle on full spray strength. Spray the surface of the wall with vinegar. Leave it to soak for a minute or two and wipe it off with a clean cloth.
Water-free method for removing nicotine stains:
Get a dry cleaning sponge. It’s known to be safe to use on walls and wallpapers. For best results, buy a special nicotine cleaning detergent. It can be a bit expensive, but it will help a lot for cleaning the stains. Sprinkle the walls with the detergent. Wait a couple of minutes and wipe off the surface with the sponge.
- Don’t allow the moisture to soak in the walls and wallpapers more than 3 to 5 minutes. Moisture can damage or ever degrade the wallpapers.
- When you buy a detergents that you haven’t used before, it’s better to test it on a small hidden area of the wallpaper to be sure it won’t damage it or change its colour.
- Be careful when you use bleach to remove the nicotine stains from you walls. Don’t ever use it on your wallpapers. It will discolour and damage them. When you clean the walls with a bleach-based solution, make sure you wear gloves. After you finish cleaning, open the windows and allow the fresh air to get in the room. Bleach smells really bad and it’s not good for you to use it for a long time.