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ICAN/ATEX: How can I get nicotine off of walls?

October 8, 2013

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We have a mobile home with a lot of cigarette smoke.

What is the best way to remove the nicotine from the walls?

Tuesday’s Answer:

Some testing is on order to determine what will work best in your situation.

Start by trying a solution of warm water and liquid dishwashing detergent.

Use a sponge or cloth to clean the walls.

Start at the bottom to avoid runs on uncleaned areas and wipe with the grain until the film is gone.

Buff dry with a clean cloth to remove all loosened material.

If that doesn't work try a commerical degreaser type chemical.

Home Depot sells one called "Greased Lightning" that usually works quite well.

There are also ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICANATEX editor

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