Remove Smoke Stains from Curtains

There are lots of times that you may have to know how to remove smoke stains from curtains. Whether from smokers or from fire, getting rid of the smoke smell and stain isn’t as difficult as you may think it would be.

Remove Smoke Stains from Curtains

How to Remove Nicotine Stains from Curtains

If you or someone you know is a smoker or if you get curtains that were in a smoker’s home, you may have to remove the nicotine stains from your curtains, and fast. So, what can you do to get rid of these stains? Here’s a quick and easy way that you can use that will get rid of those stains quickly.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup Borax
  • ½ cup salt
  • 5 gallon wash basin
  • Water
  1. Take the baking soda, Borax, and salt into the 5-gallon wash basin. Add 3 gallons of hot water and mix it all together. Each of these ingredients will work together to eat away at any of the stains, dissolve them, and it will also help your curtains to smell better.
  2. Soak the parts of the curtains that are stained in the solution overnight (8 hours minimum).
  3. Wash your curtains as you normally would. Before putting the curtains in the dryer, make sure to see if the stain is gone. If it is not, air dry the curtains and repeat the soak in the above solution the next day.

Even if it doesn’t work the first time, the stain will be lighter than it was. You may never be able to get the staining out permanently, but you can at least hang your curtains again without embarrassment from the nicotine staining and stench.

How to Remove Smoke and Soot Stains from Curtains

Another instance where you may have to get rid of smoke and soot stains is because of fire. Your home doesn’t necessarily have to be on fire to have to deal with smoke stains. You could have curtains in your kitchen or near a fireplace and end up with some staining. How can you get rid of these stains? It’s quite simple – take a look!

What You Will Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner (with plain hose nozzle – do not use a brush nozzle)
  • Hot water
  • Degreasing detergent
  • Rags
  1. Take the baking soda and sprinkle it over the stained area. This will help to eliminate the smoke smell from the curtains and it will also help to start and lift the stains out of the fabric.
  2. Use your vacuum cleaner with the plain hose nozzle and start to vacuum away the baking soda. If there is any soot, you can vacuum up as well.
  3. Take a look at your fabric after this and see if there is any staining from the soot or the smoke. If you can identify specific areas, then take a rag and drench it in hot water and degreasing detergent. Never use plain water, because it can just make the stain worse.
  4. Dab the rag over the soot and smoke spots, attempting to blot out any of the stains that are left on the fabric. Dab gently, do not scrub, because scrubbing will put the soot stains deeper into the curtain fabric.
  5. Wash your curtains as you normally would. If there are still smoke and/or soot stains, don’t put it the curtains in the dryer. Instead, allow the curtains to air dry and repeat the above process. 

Smoke and soot stains are a little harder for you to get rid of, so it may take several washings and spot checks before you completely eliminate them, but be patient! With time and persistence, they will eventually go away.