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Nicotine Stinks! (literally)

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We all know the distinct smell of a house that has been smoked in too long. Have you recently moved a relative who smoked for 20+ years in their home? Did you recently buy a home and cant get rid of the yellow walls and smoke smell? Did a tenant move out and leave an apartment full of nicotine damage? We can help!

Nicotine is greasy and may seem impossible to remove.

Should I clean it myself?

Taking on the cleaning of a nicotine filled house can feel like an impossible task. While it may be tempting to paint over the surfaces, this is a terrible idea. Nicotine will bleed through the paint once it is painted over. I moved into an apartment a few years back, and every time I would shower in the bathroom, there would appear yellow sticky drip marks. Unless nicotine is cleaned up properly, it will never fully go away.

Why does it stain the walls yellow?

Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 different chemicals, included in that it is over 400 toxins, 43 cancer-causing chemicals, nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, arsenic, and DDT. The full list of ingredients can be found on most cigarette packaging now, and given that list, it isn’t a surprise that the smoke causes stains. As someone smokes, the cigarette emits a yellow-brown smoke, mostly from the tar and nicotine. When the smoke is exhaled into the air, the smoke particles settle on the surface or objects. Any lightly colored items cannot hide this staining and will become more discolored and deeper color over time.

Why choose our team?

Craftech technicians are expertly trained in the process of nicotine removal. Our lead technician Kristina has over 20 years of experience and expertise in cleaning smoke, fire, and nicotine. She and her team are highly rated per customer feedback. If you or anyone you know needs our expertise, you will not be disappointed.

The door on the left is untouched, covered in nicotine. The door on the right is after our cleaners expertly removed the nicotine stains.

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