I want to repaint and don't know how to clean walls first. Help!

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They are stained with nicotene. Is there an easy fix, like primer or something?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 04, 2018
    wash the walls down with a mixture of white vinegar and water, allow to completely dry, use a stain blocking primer by Zinser,allow to dry and then paint
  • In Australia we have a product called sugar soap which works well. But I would still use a primer first before painting.
  • Millie Millie on Jun 04, 2018
    Wash them with white vinegar and baking soda.
  • Pam Pam on Jun 04, 2018
    Try to wash them with dish soap, but don't soak them! Wait until completely dry. Paint with white KILZ. VENTILATION IS NECESSARY! When dry use the color you want and paint over the kilz. This also blocks mold from growing on interior walls ( also great for untreated wood)
  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jun 04, 2018
    A stain blocking primer like Kilz or Zinnser works wonders. You can wash the walls with vinegar. I have also used a heavy cleaner called TSP to clean very soiled walls prior to painting.
  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 04, 2018
    I would sand all surfaces with a pole sander, then wipe down the ceiling/walls to remove the dust. I would paint using a primer that contains a sealer and stain blocker, like Kilz. When you go to the store, ask the person in the paint department if this the best way.
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 04, 2018
    I would wash the walls down with Sugar soap or even baking soda before painting.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jun 05, 2018
    Wash with TSP.
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