How to Remove Nicotine Stains From a Shower Surround

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Things You'll Need

  • Lemon juice

  • Vinegar

  • De-greaser

  • Magic Eraser


Before you purchase a de-greaser, read the bottle to make sure it is safe to use on the material your shower surround is composed of.

Smoking in your home can lead to nicotine stains.

Nicotine stains are a common problem in the homes of smokers. Nicotine from cigarette smoke can stain anything it touches--even a shower surround. These grease-like stains are fairly easy to remove, but since shower surrounds are made from a number of different materials, you may have to try multiple grease fighters to find one that works for you. Scrub away nicotine stains at least once a year to prevent permanent damage.


Step 1

Pour lemon juice or vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the walls. Allow the lemon juice or vinegar to soak for five minutes. Scrub the stains away with a rag. Then rinse the shower surround with water.

Step 2

Spray, sprinkle or pour a commercial de-greaser like Greased Lightning spray cleaner, TSP powder or SafeChoice Super Clean onto a rag and scrub the stains until they are gone.

Step 3

Soak a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in water, rinse it out and then scrub the nicotine stains with it. Rinse the shower surround with water.



Meg Butler

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.