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Sisterearth 08-03-2013 08:08 PM

Nicotine in bathroom.
 
Hi Everyone!

Just moved into a friends home and looking for something to remove nicotine stains from a bathtub. It's actually everywhere in the bathroom, but the bathtub bothers me the most. Any suggestions?

creeper 08-03-2013 08:14 PM

I'm wondering how that even happens. Anyway, get out the scrubber
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Sisterearth 08-03-2013 08:58 PM

Been there done it.
 
I've tried everything I can think of. Bleach, Comet, peroxide, baking soda, vinegar. Nothing seems to be working. I think I'll try the Zeps product next, it worked really well for his toilet....which was also a nightmare!

user1007 08-03-2013 08:59 PM

Nicotine itself is rather transparent so how it coated a bathtub baffles me. I see you are first time poster though so wonder if you are a troll?

The tars in cigarettes could stain a bathroom wall but I don't see how they could stain a tub unless this place you are living in has not been cleaned in like 100 years.

:eek:

If so, and the place is so filthy. Find a new friend to crash with.

MTN REMODEL LLC 08-03-2013 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1224816)
Nicotine itself is rather transparent so how it coated a bathtub baffles me. I see you are first time poster though so wonder if you are a troll?

The tars in cigarettes could stain a bathroom wall but I don't see how they could stain a tub unless this place you are living in has not been cleaned in like 100 years.

:eek:

If so, and the place is so filthy. Find a new friend to crash with.

^^^^ Me neither.... If it's a non-porous surface, (like a bathtub), it just wipes off with virtually any cleaner. (Porous is different)

oh'mike 08-04-2013 05:20 AM

I rather doubt that the tub stains are caused by nicotine---

Most likely you have rust/lime staining---try CLR and see if that helps---

joecaption 08-04-2013 05:43 AM

Notice brown stains also inside the toilet tank and running down the insides of the bowl?
Does the house have old steel pipes?
Had the water tested to see if there to much iron in the water and you may need a water softener?
The safest, cheapest, nicest smelling way to remove nicotine stains I've used is one of the orange cleaners. Any Dollar store will have it.
It cleans so good you need to start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up to reduce streaks.

wkearney99 08-04-2013 07:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Sisterearth (Post 1224815)
I've tried everything I can think of. Bleach, Comet, peroxide, baking soda, vinegar. Nothing seems to be working. I think I'll try the Zeps product next, it worked really well for his toilet....which was also a nightmare!

BE CAREFUL ABOUT MIXING CLEANERS. You can KILL yourself if you screw around mixing different kinds. Bleach and ammonia being the two biggest risks. You need to make certain to fully rinse away ANY traces of previous cleaners before trying something else. Otherwise the cleaners might mix and release poisonous gas, toxic enough to kill. Might be a bit late now, as clearly you didn't kill yourself, but be warned to be VERY careful about this in the future.

one cut 08-04-2013 02:20 PM

I onced used Denatured alcohol to clean a fuse box panel that was just covered in 30 years of smoking residue. After just a couple squirts, the brown sludge was running off so fast that it stained the sheetrock below before I could contain the mess.

ToolSeeker 08-04-2013 03:10 PM

Really don't think you are dealing with nicotine.

joecaption 08-04-2013 07:10 PM

One spark when using Denatured alcohol and it can explode of at least burst into flames.

chrisn 08-05-2013 02:20 AM

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Originally Posted by ToolSeeker (Post 1225056)
Really don't think you are dealing with nicotine.

:no: no way:no:

Sisterearth 08-05-2013 11:26 AM

Ok, Ok, I get it! You guys want to know where I'm from! So it's posted. And no, why on earth would I want to troll a DIY fourm???!!! Just looking for some help to clean nicotine out of a bathroom! geez!

alexjoe 08-05-2013 12:17 PM

Some kind gel type bleach/cleaner are also helpful, if we apply them on the stain and leave for 5 minutes then smoothly rub that stain. Available any good store.

danpik 08-05-2013 12:26 PM

Is the tub a steel/cast one with porcelean, a fiberglass ar a vacume formed PVC one. I had one of the PVC ones and the plastic changed color as it aged. The color change was not reversible. If it is fiberglass, I would try a polishing compound to see if it will bring back the color. This also can be done on steel/cast as well


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