Thursday, February 27, 2014

Natural Home Remedies To Clean Tar & Nicotine Stains From Window Shades

Smoking outside of the home prevents tar and nicotine stains on fabric blinds.

Stubborn tar and nicotine stains must be handled differently than most stains. Water-based cleaning products won't soften and dissolve the tar and nicotine. Vinyl and sealed wood blinds can be cleaned with a borax and lemon juice paste placed directly onto the stains. To remove this type of stain from fabric blinds, however, you need some oil-based pantry and cleaning products.


Glycerin, an oil that occurs naturally in corn, softens oil-based stains such as tar. Start your stain treatment by removing the blinds from the window; spread them out over a thick layer of paper towels. Pour glycerin over the stains and gently tap it into the fabric with a toothbrush. The glycerin penetrates the tar and nicotine stains and pulls them through the fabric onto the paper towels. Check the paper towels every few minutes and replace them with fresh ones as you see the towels absorbing the nicotine and tar.


Anyone who works with oil-based paints can attest to turpentine's ability to dissolve even the toughest paint stains. Turpentine penetrates and dissolves the oil molecules in the paint, and it can do the same on oil-based tar stains. After you've softened the stain with glycerin, cover the stain with turpentine and eucalyptus oil. This should dissolve the rest of the tar and send it through the fabric onto the paper towels. Continue replacing the paper towels as necessary.

Isotropy Alcohol

Turpentine cannot be left on the fabric, or it will leave a stain of its own. Wash away the oils by rinsing the blinds with isotropy alcohol until the stains and oils completely wash through the fabric.

Finishing Touches

You may notice some residual spots around the treated area, from accumulated dust and dirt on the fabric. You can make your blinds look new by washing them completely. Hang them on a clothesline and spray them all over with a carpet spot cleaner. Then hose them down thoroughly, making sure the water penetrates the fabric. This pulls the remaining dirt through the fabric and washes away residual spots from treating the stains.

Related posts

    Remove nicotine stains with common household products.When nicotine encounters cotton, it will leave behind stains that are not easy to remove. The stains are typically a result of heavy cigarette...
    Cigarette stains are an ugly sight on vertical blinds.Vertical blinds allow light to filter into your room, but unless the window is open, cigarette smoke and nicotine stains stop at the surface o...
    If you are a smoker, live with someone who smokes or have visited a venue where smoking occurred, there's a good chance your clothes have nicotine stains. Other fabrics such as linens and curtains...
    Nicotine stains derive from tobacco.Nicotine stains coat painted walls, linoleum, vinyl and plastic objects after repeated exposure to smoke and over time. These stains can be brown, oily, grimy a...
    Nicotine from cigarette smoke stains most anything it comes in contact with--including your teeth, clothes and even painted walls. Nicotine clings and absorbs into surfaces, making stains difficul...