How to get yellow tar off walls

Written by april dowling
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How to get yellow tar off walls
Walls absorb cigarette odours and tar stains. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Smoking cigarettes indoors makes walls susceptible to yellow tar stains. Traces of nicotine in cigarette smoke actually cause these sticky, greasy tar stains on walls. Aside from its disgusting appearance, this yellow tar also makes walls smell like stale cigarette smoke. Cigarette tar and its stench often remain on walls for years, long after cigarette smokers even quit smoking. The sticky, yellow tar also becomes harder to wash off walls over time. Promptly get yellow cigarette tar off walls using an all-purpose cleaner.

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Things you need

  • Plastic coverings
  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • 56.7gr. trisodium phosphate
  • 2 2-gallon buckets
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Household cleaning sponge
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Remove all light furniture from the room. Push heavy furniture to the centre of the room.

  2. 2

    Spread plastic coverings over the exposed flooring for protection. Protect yourself from the all-purpose cleaner by wearing rubber gloves and goggles.

  3. 3

    Pour 59.1ml. of trisodium phosphate and 1 gallon of water into a 2-gallon bucket. Mix the trisodium phosphate concoction with a long-handled spoon. Trisodium phosphate is an all-purpose cleaner that dissolves tough stains.

  4. 4

    Fill another 2-gallon bucket with warm water. Use this bucket for rinsing.

  5. 5

    Drench a household cleaning sponge in the trisodium solution. Vigorously rub the wet sponge over the yellow tar stains. Frequently dip the sponge in the water to rinse out gunk. Leave the trisodium solution on the wall for two minutes to dissolve the tar.

  6. 6

    Dump the grimy rinse water out of the bucket and refill it with fresh water. Drench the cleaning sponge in the water and wipe off the trisodium phosphate solution. Rinse the wall thoroughly.

  7. 7

    Wipe the damp wall with a towel to dry it.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute a cleaning brush for the sponge.
  • Repaint the wall if the tar stains won't wash off completely.
  • Spot-test the trisodium solution on the wall's surface to ensure the solution won't discolour the walls.

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