How do I Get Yellow Nicotine Stains off of Vertical Blinds?

by / Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Published in Hot Tips

Smoking is a pleasure many people enjoy, but it can have a detrimental effect on interior design. After years of smoking in a building, nicotine stains can build up on fabrics, linens, furniture and other objects in the home. Blinds suffer the same as any other fabric. If you are wondering how to get rid of these unsightly stains, then read on.

The method in which you attack these stains depends upon the material your blinds are made out of. Vertical blinds are made out of a wide variety of materials, such as plastic, aluminum, or fabric. Outlined below are methods to clean each kind of blind. For many of the techniques listed below, taking down the stained blinds may be the easiest way to clean them.

  • Cleaning Washable Fiber Blinds: The first step in cleaning washable fiber blinds is soaking them in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse them with water. Following that, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol. Lastly, rinse the blinds with water, let them dry, and run them through the washer as soon as possible.
  • Cleaning Non-Washable Fiber Blinds:If your blinds are made out of a material that is not washable, then cleaning them will take slightly more effort. Sponge the stain with water and a few drops of vinegar, starting from the inside of the stain and working outwards. Cover the stain with an absorbent pad and let it sit for as long as it takes to pick up stain. Keep both the pad and the stain moist with vinegar. Finally, flush the stain with water and repeat the process until it is removed.
  • Cleaning Plastic, Aluminum or Other Blinds with Hard Surfaces: These ones are the easiest. Simply wipe the surface with a cloth soaked in sudsy water, rinse off and dry.
  • Cleaning Cotton or Linen Blinds: To clean these blinds, start off by soaking them in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent. Afterwards, rinse well with water, sponge the area with rubbing alcohol and let them dry. This should remove any stains and leave your blinds looking great.

That covers just about every typical style of blinds. Nicotine stains can be nasty and difficult to remove, but with a little elbow grease and our techniques outlined above, you’ll be able to restore your blinds to their original condition.