Cleaning Tar And Nicotine Stains


Cleaning Tar And Nicotine Stains  

All of us have at one time or the other battled with ugly stains on our favorite dresses, on the carpet or on linens. Some stains are easily removed by washing while others stay on even after dry cleaning. Nicotine and tar stains, for example, are hard to get rid of.

Fabrics that are exposed to smoke arising from burning cigarettes are more likely to end up with nicotine stains. If the cigarette ash mistakenly lands on the clothing or carpeting, it is likely to leave behind stains. They form ugly brown patches on the surface and cannot be taken off by use of normal detergents. However, a few other chemicals can help get rid of them. Follow the simple steps given below and you will no longer have to worry about nicotine marks.

  1. Mix 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of warm water. Add 1 tsp. of rubbing alcohol to this mixture. If the vinyl covering on the wall has stains, simply rub the mixture onto the stain using a soft cloth or a brush with soft bristles. Keep rubbing the stain until it comes off.
  2. For removing the stain on your dress, use combination of 1 to 2 tbsp. of your regular dish wash powder with hot water. Flurry it till froth appears. Dip a sponge or cloth in to this and rub it on the nicotine covered spot. Once the spot disappears, use a towel and completely dry the area.


To get rid of marks caused by tar, try the given formula.

  1. First rub some dry cleaning solvent on the stain. Next, mix one tsp. of a detergent (that is non-alkaline and non-bleaching in nature) with a cup of mildly warm water. Again rub this mixture on the stain. Once the tar vanishes, use a clean towel to daub the area. Now clean it with plain water and again daub till the fabric is dry.
  2. If the fabric can be dry-cleaned, remove the tar with the help of a knife. But do this very carefully so that the fabric does not spoil. Once you have scraped off the tar, take the cloth to a dry cleaner’s for removal of the residue.


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