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How to Clean Nicotine Out of Wood Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Nicotine stains are an eyesore on your wood furniture and they smell unpleasant due to the nicotine absorbing into the upholstery on the furniture. The ability to clean your wood furniture depends on the furniture's cleaning instructions, as the furniture may have specific instructions to avoid damage to the wood surface and the upholstery. The cleaning instructions are often underneath the furniture's seat, and display either symbols or a letter to indicate the preferred cleaning method.

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  1. Pour 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid into a small bowl with 2 cups of cold water.

  2. Place the clean cloth in the mixture and blot the nicotine stain until the upholstery absorbs the cloth's liquid.

  3. Combine sodium thiosulfate with warm water, then drip 1 to 2 drops of the mixture onto the stain with an eye dropper.

  4. Add 3 to 4 drops of ammonia to the spot.

  5. Dampen a new cloth with cool water and blot the stain until the cleaning mixture is removed.

  6. Dab the spot with a dry cloth to remove moisture.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid
  • Small bowl
  • Clean cloth
  • Sodium thiosulfate
  • Ammonia
  • Eye dropper

About the Author

Mario Calhoun
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