Asked on Sep 18, 2017

How to clean nicotine off wood furniture w/o. raking off the finish

Anita Lipford
by Anita Lipford
  7 answers
  • Wash with Murphy's Oil Soap.

  • Bittywit Bittywit on Sep 18, 2017

    409 and Kaboom are what I use to refurbish icky furniture. Spray it into a cloth to clean, not directly on the wood.

  • PJ Wise PJ Wise on Sep 18, 2017

    Per the website -

    When cigarette smell gets absorbed by wooden furniture, it can take some time to remove it completely. The processes are simple and can safely be repeated until the odor is removed. These methods are safe for most types of wood, however it is always best to test a cleaning solution on a small hidden area first.

    Steps to Remove the Cigarette Odor:

    1. Begin by mixing ½ cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
    2. Mist the surfaces of the furniture piece.
    3. Wipe away any excess moisture to avoid spotting.
    4. Allow the piece to air dry completely.
    5. Repeat as necessary, vinegar is great at removing odors.
    6. Baking soda also absorbs odors well and can be applied a couple of different ways:
    7. It can be sprinkled directly onto the surface and inside of drawers. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours before removing. For the best results, close the drawers with the baking soda inside.
    8. The baking soda can be wiped out or vacuumed away.
    9. Again, repeat as necessary until the odors are gone.
    10. If you want minimal clean-up, place a bowl filled with baking soda or coffee grounds next to or inside the furniture piece. Allow them to sit there for a day or two and absorb the odor.

    Discard and repeat with fresh baking soda/coffee grounds until the smell is gone.

    Here's another interesting tip from the website

    Don't laugh, but a regular bar of Ivory soap will remove nicotine off of anything. Dampen a sponge or cloth and rub the bar with it.

    I scrubbed my brains out with practically every cleaner available and the Ivory removes it like a breeze with very little effort. Amazing!

    I do my furniture with Ivory also. Shines like new after it's polished.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Sep 18, 2017

    Ivory soap. That is good to know. Thanks for that tip PJWise!

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 18, 2017

    Dollar Tree Awesome Orange and sometimes the Awesome Degreaser if its real stubborn, wear gloves, its hard on the hands.

  • Phyllis L. Clark-Satran Phyllis L. Clark-Satran on Apr 12, 2020

    Ivory soap can also remove the stain too