I'd like to clean nicotine off of painted walls, but I'm not sure if I should use sugar soap, or denatured alcohol (methylated spirits). Which would do a better job all-around, specifically for cleaning nicotine off of painted walls?

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I've found that some Trisodium phosphate works great for this. Just mix some up in a bucket and use a sponge, and it should pull the nicotine right off, leaving the paint. I'd definitely advise testing it in a small area first, but I've used it for this exact purpose before.

  • Thanks. i'm not sure why but someone edited my title to remove where I specifically indicated that sugar soap is a Trisodium phosphate equivalent.
    – skybreaker
    Commented Aug 2, 2012 at 22:11
  • @skybreaker - Yes, I noticed that after I posted my answer and checked out sugard soap (hadn't heard of it before). I suppose I'd still recommend that particular product because I know it's worked before, but I would imagine the equivalent should work similarly. As long as you test it in some small area first you should be fine. Good luck!
    – Paul Kroon
    Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 12:35

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