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How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 11, 2020 7:23 AM
       How to wash walls? (by NE [PA]) Sep 11, 2020 7:37 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Sparky [PA]) Sep 11, 2020 7:49 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Barb [MO]) Sep 11, 2020 8:40 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Still Learning [NH]) Sep 11, 2020 8:41 AM
       How to wash walls? (by DJ [VA]) Sep 11, 2020 9:09 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Steve [MA]) Sep 11, 2020 9:20 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Sep 11, 2020 9:49 AM
       How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 11, 2020 9:58 AM
       How to wash walls? (by don [PA]) Sep 11, 2020 10:51 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Hoosier [IN]) Sep 11, 2020 11:13 AM
       How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 11, 2020 11:15 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Jim in O C [CA]) Sep 11, 2020 11:15 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Del [MD]) Sep 11, 2020 11:17 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Barb [MO]) Sep 11, 2020 11:17 AM
       How to wash walls? (by lynn [MA]) Sep 11, 2020 12:26 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Vee [OH]) Sep 11, 2020 12:44 PM
       How to wash walls? (by RentsDue [MA]) Sep 11, 2020 6:55 PM
       How to wash walls? (by PG [SC]) Sep 11, 2020 8:33 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Hollis [MA]) Sep 12, 2020 6:23 PM
       How to wash walls? (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 12, 2020 6:56 PM
       How to wash walls? (by plenty [MO]) Sep 12, 2020 8:36 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Jasper [OH]) Sep 13, 2020 9:27 AM
       How to wash walls? (by mike [CA]) Sep 15, 2020 2:02 PM
       How to wash walls? (by seagal [CA]) Sep 15, 2020 2:20 PM
       How to wash walls? (by James Jackson [OH]) Sep 15, 2020 3:08 PM
       How to wash walls? (by marame [AR]) Sep 15, 2020 3:34 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Sue [IN]) Sep 15, 2020 4:52 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Dan [OR]) Sep 15, 2020 11:20 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Rusty [FL]) Sep 16, 2020 9:14 AM
       How to wash walls? (by Honey [LA]) Sep 16, 2020 10:32 AM
       How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 16, 2020 11:43 AM
       How to wash walls? (by 6x6 [TN]) Sep 16, 2020 12:03 PM
       How to wash walls? (by Dee Ann [WI]) Sep 17, 2020 7:42 AM
       How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 17, 2020 9:56 AM

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How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 7:23 AM
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Dh is going to wash the walls at our nicotine-stained townhouse (ten year smoking tenant.) Suggestions for best practices?

--50.82.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 7:37 AM
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TSP with help and then prime with BIN. It's nice to have a 2nd person wipe with a clean soapy wet rag. The TSP will have nicotine dripping all over. --70.44.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 7:49 AM
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Wash using Spic-n-Span (granules in the box). Spic-n-Span doesn't need to be rinsed. Use a clean (new) sponge mop to mop down the walls starting at the top and work your way down. (Get the kind of mop head with the scrubbing strip for tough spots.) Nicotine will run down the walls. --73.40.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 8:40 AM
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Either TSP or Spic and Span. Mix up and use a 2 gallon sprayer to spray the walls. Then use a dampened sponge mop dipped and squeezed in the same thing to mop the walls. If carpet in the home, leave down and pull as soon as walls done. Otherwise put down newsprint in a few layers to catch the runoff. --67.43.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 8:41 AM
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In a respirator with gloves! I use purple pinesol and magic erasers (lots of them). Everything will need washing, overhead lights, thermostats, etc. I remove any blinds, carpet, etc so that once the walls/cabinets are scrubbed there is nothing left holding the odor other than the ceiling. --107.77.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 9:09 AM
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TSP, sponge mop, - the denser sponge, not cheap soft one. Lots of rags

Start with the ceiling - wear a hat, face shield, long-sleeve cover-alls

Then the walls - you may be able to take some of that stuff (clothing)off.

Old rags/towels on the floor at the base of the wall to catch the drips - unless the floor is exposed & will need scrubbing, too.

Have fun! : ) --70.160.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 9:20 AM
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One of the first things we do is open all of the windows & get rid of any drapes, curtains, shades / mini blinds and carpets. Next we remove all of the outlet / switch covers, stove burners and refer shelves & put them all in containers to with hot soapy water to soak while we wash the walls, ceilings, doors & trim. Since we can no longer get Soilex we use Dirtex for the first washing followed by a rinse then a washing with Spic & Span. Depending upon how bad things are we use either mops with foam heads or rags & sponges to do the actual washings. We start with the ceiling & do them as well as the walls down to the top of the door & window casings. From there we continue down the walls & follow-up with the trim & doors. We've found that the key to a successful cleaning is to keep changing both the was & rinse water.

As Still learning said always wear gloves & a respirator when cleaning up after a heavy smoker. --71.174.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 9:49 AM
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I use the sponge mop and I roll up towels and place them at the base of the wall to catch the drips. I'm generous with the water and cleaner as I scrub the walls.

The last smoke house I cleaned, I used Greased Lightening for the cleaner, but it might not still be available. I couldn't find it the last time I looked for it.

You'll have to wash inside all of the cabinets; that smoke gets everywhere.

Gloves and a respirator are a good idea. The last smoke house, everyone who was in there cleaning up the nicotine got sick. --76.178.xx.xx




How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 9:58 AM
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He has already ripped out the carpets because FLEAS...we are replacing with Allure. --50.82.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by don [PA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 10:51 AM
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"Awesome" cleaner from DollarTree and a sponge mop. --73.141.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 11:13 AM
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TSP as others have said. When done, try buying an industrial-sized box of baking soda and pouring on the subfloor (before you put the Allure down)...let it sit overnight, then vacuum up...it will remove SOME of the odor in the subfloor. --99.92.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 11:15 AM
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Actually the subfloor is pretty good. We were surprised to find we had KILZed it before having the old carpet installed! --50.82.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 11:15 AM
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Wash with warm TSP with gloves and rinse 3 or 4 times. When you get no brown water walls are clean. My 20 year smoker took 7 washings. --99.23.xxx.x




How to wash walls? (by Del [MD]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 11:17 AM
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Please look at my post entitled EASY NICOTINE FIX from July 2017. With the right primer you can paint right over the brown. No surface prep needed. Protect your health and use a good solvent respirator while painting. --174.252.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 11:17 AM
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Fleas, UGGGG!

Cover the subfloor to catch the drips.

The last one we had, we replaced all the electrical stuff. Every outlet, every switch, ceiling fan, light fixture, etc. all of it. Donít forget to wash the inside of the ductwork if you have it. Lysol on towels did a decent job when pulled through the ducts.

After washing the cabinets, have to encapsulate them in good paint as well. Crazy, isnít it? --67.43.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by lynn [MA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 12:26 PM
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McCulloch steam cleaner helps too. --66.30.xx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 12:44 PM
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Warm TSP mixture applied with paint roller and extension handle, gloves are good but I find the TSP dissolves the medical gloves after a couple hours, I rinse and then do the scented cleaner after taking a hour or more outside. --76.188.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 6:55 PM
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I have been using the Swiffer Wet Wipes on the swiffer mop. You could easily improvise a cloth towel with the TSP. I --68.118.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by PG [SC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2020 8:33 PM
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This is a copy of a previous post.

This worked for me - Discard all carpet and rugs.

Clean everything walls, ceiling, doors, floors, appliances with HD TSP 10621 and hot water - wipe everything with rags - wipe until the rag is clean - you can see the yellow tar/nicotine as you wipe - I did this for 3 days - the yellow tar/nicotine will continue to bleed through especially soft material such as sheet rock.

KILZ - May need 2 or 3 coats - this will seal and stop the tar/nicotine bleed through. Check for tar/nicotine bleed through using the TSP.

Then prime and 1 topcoat - I used Valspar Interior latex at the time.

Let the house air out as you go.

Note:This amount of work will make you keenly aware of tenants who "supposedly" only smoke outside --184.20.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 6:23 PM
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OK also here is a copy of a previous post from ME

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Be careful here! I once had a similar unit that someone wanted to move in quickly,..I inherited a unit that had two long term smokers. I had 4 women and myself trying to get the unit ready fast only had the weekend to do it.

Started with tsp and Lestoil etc to clean walls and other surfaces,.walls were sticky with tar/nicotine. So bad that after many times of trying to wash surfaces brown streaks would drip down.

We had to wash surfaces many times, too sticky to paint over it.Not a big unit,..so I first thought with the 5 of us we could knock it off in a few hours,Started in early afternoon

At around midnight I sent the ladies home and told them to come back in the morning.They didn't want to leave and seemed obsessed with getting it done but I was worried about their families was them worrying.

The next day when they showed up I found that nobody slept much,..all said they felt very "nervous" that one had a pretty bad panic attack for the first time in her life and went to the ER.

Every one was pretty wasted, including me. That's when I found out that w/o protective gloves, you can absorb old surface nicotine thru your skin,..

Now when we do old smokers units,..we make sure all have protective gloves,.. --96.236.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 6:56 PM
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I am guessing the spic-n-span is to give a fresh sent? --73.120.xx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2020 8:36 PM
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Following. I have successfully used water, yellow Mr Clean and few drops of blue dawn. Toll up towels to protect wood trim. Color is important. How's it goin what has worked? --99.203.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Jasper [OH]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2020 9:27 AM
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Once after thoroughly cleaning and painting as described above, I still smelled a smoke odor when entering the house. The nose test revealed the smell was coming from the steel entry door, even though that had been washed numerous times. A coat of Rustoleum oil based paint took care of the problem. --173.188.xx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 2:02 PM
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funny story. a few years ago my painter was scraping the cottage cheese from a LONG term smokers house for the rehab. he did the usual garden sprayer and drywall knife technique to peel the stuff off in sheets like sliced cheese which were dropped onto plastic sheeting for rolling into asbestos burritos. apparently the nicotine was so thick in the ceiling cheese that when some of it got on his bare arms it acted like 100 nicotine patches. fortunately he was a smoker so he didn't die from the OD of nicotine but we still remember him wretching in the front yard and fertilizing the shrubs and being down for a full hour. if that had been a non-smoker i don't want to think of the outcome. one MORE reason to simply prohibit smoking.

as a side note, the TSP often cited works like magic, and preps the surface for paint or prime, but it needs to be from a pro paint store, not the home depot. there is an imposter TSP that is DOES NOT have the Phosphates. Phosphates are one of the numbers in the three numbers on fertilizer. the real TSP has been limited in many states because it leaches potassium into water and cause algae blooms in ponds and streams.

--66.27.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by seagal [CA]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 2:20 PM
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Last time I had this in 2015 I had a painter address it - He used Powdered TSP mixed into Dollar Store "awesome" cleaner - lots of towels at floor edges - then a garden sprayer to apply to ceiling first / then walls at a three foot width per section, then a quality Libman Gator Mop sponge mopping to scrub each section - then a squeegee to pull it down to the towels - then mop up the syrupy gunk.....then he did 2 layers KILZ RESTORATION and painted all. We put new floor and baseboards after. Worked well. --67.174.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by James Jackson [OH]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 3:08 PM
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Blue Gold degreaser industrial strength will get the job done. Non toxic. It comes in various sizes. I used it an industrial company cleaning greasy caked walls and floors. Fast acting. Wash n Rinse. White walls that looked black were made to look new. NOT COMPATIBLE WITH FLAT PAINT, UNLESS YOU INTEND TO REPAINT. Expensive, but worth every penny. Available on Amazon.

Product description

BLUE GOLD is a liquid, water soluble, biodegradable concentrate used for cleaning and degreasing parts and equipment. This single solution, used in varying concentrations with water, can replace half a dozen or more other products, many of them hazardous and expensive, which must ordinarily be kept on hand in large amounts. BLUE GOLD is non-toxic, non-flammable and noncorrosive. It is rust inhibitive, stable in long-time storage, and is not damaged by freezing. As a safe alternative to caustics, acids and chemical solvents, BLUE GOLD is and extremely effective way to reduce accidents and injuries on the job site. And many insurance companies offer lower liability and accident rates to companies using safe, non-toxic cleaners like BLUE GOLD. BLUE GOLD IS: Non-toxic Non-flammable Non-corrosive Rust inhibitive 99.3% phosphate free Recyclable Meets OSHA requirements --174.104.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by marame [AR]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 3:34 PM
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Actually after washing the walls, I put an ozone machine in the unit for 24 hours. Nothing comes back after that treatment and it isn't expensive. The folks who do all my carpet do ozone as well and they charge about $20 more to use it. Works like a charm and doesn't require you to wash the inside of cabinets etc. --108.196.x.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Sue [IN]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 4:52 PM
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Not nicotine but smoke from fire. I put all my cut up rag pieces in a bucket of premixed dish soap and vinegar and water. Then as I use each rag it goes into a second bucket that holds dirty rags. That way I save time on mixing new cleaning water since the dirty rags never get put back in with the clean ones. --71.46.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Dan [OR]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 11:20 PM
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Something that works excellent for cigarette smoke use a mixture of one portion of Dawn dishwashing liquid, and 3 portions of hydrogen peroxide mixed in water, be careful and do not dilute it too far.

Test your area, try it and I strongly recommend a spray bottle. This mixture will not remove any varnish or stains from your finish wood and Windows.

If you have a large area to clean, I strongly recommend the mixture be mixed with hot water and a simple 1 gallon garden sprayer!

If I have an area that needs attention I generally spray the mixture at the top of the wall and wipe it off as I see the dirt come running off of the wall.

It's a long and tedious process and when it's done right, it matters, but the Dawn dishwashing liquid, will give you a cent that is pleasant! Even after and while your wood is drying.

I had one tenant for 12 years and I did some cleaning. After she left, but I've gotten a lot smarter over the years and now I do interior inspections of the premises where their living prior to the moving into my properties.

To your success,

Dan --97.120.xx.x




How to wash walls? (by Rusty [FL]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 9:14 AM
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I used Simple Green from a big box store. It not only cleans, doesn't need to be rinsed, but leaves a fresh minty smell. I used a standard floor sponge mop to apply. --173.170.xxx.xx




How to wash walls? (by Honey [LA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 10:32 AM
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I add "Smokers need not apply" to my ads. And in my leases I add that there will be a $250 sanitizing fee if smoking is suspected. I got that one from a sigh I saw in a hotel. I only use information like that when I know it was approved by a Lawyer.

Smokers are not one of the seven (7) protected classes.

So far... --24.252.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 11:43 AM
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We found the answer. Hire a cleaning woman. $250 --50.82.xxx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2020 12:03 PM
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That is interesting.

What all will this cleaning woman be doing to get rid of the problem?

If she will be doing as others have described here, then that is a great deal. --73.120.xx.xxx




How to wash walls? (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 7:42 AM
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If you're doing the labor yourself, how are you charging and do you get pushback? Regardless of whether your lease says "no smoking", this is clearly damage that needs to be repaired. --75.11.xx.xx




How to wash walls? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 17, 2020 9:56 AM
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Hired the labor, so I'm charging him what she is charging me. My lease did not say no smoking, but it did say Renter was responsible for any damages caused by smoking, including extra cleaning, so we are good with charging him. --50.82.xxx.xxx



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