Things You'll Need
Powdered laundry detergent
Powdered all-purpose cleaner
Soft-bristled car brush
Smoke -- whether from cigarettes, fireplaces, heaters, or house fires -- will leave unsightly stains, oily residue, and soot on surfaces it contacts, such as vinyl. The stains can also fill the area with a smokey smell that lasts for weeks after the incident. Fortunately, you can remove the smoke stains from a variety of vinyl surfaces using a few common household items.
Add 1 gallon of cool water to a 5-gallon bucket. Add 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent and 2/3 cup powdered all-purpose cleaner. Mix the contents.
Dip a soft-bristled car brush with a long handle into the mixture. Begin scrubbing the vinyl siding vigorously until you have removed the smoke and soot stains.
Rinse the vinyl siding with a water hose. Start at the top and work your way down, moving the hose in a steady, back-and-forth motion.
Sweep the tiles with a broom to remove surface debris. Sweep the debris into a dustpan and discard. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon warm water and 1 cup oxygen bleach. Mix the contents.
Scrub the smoke-stained grout with an old toothbrush saturated in the mixture. Scrub with a vigorous, back-and-forth motion until you have removed the smoke stains. Dip a sponge into the mixture and use it to scrub the vinyl tiles. Scrub back and forth vigorously until you have removed the stains.
Fill a clean bucket with 1 gallon of water and 4 cups of white vinegar. Dip a sponge mop into the mixture. Mop the tiles to remove smoke odors.
Rinse the tiles clean with a cloth dampened with water. Remove excess water from the tiles with a towel.
Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.