How to Remove Smoke Stains From Vinyl

Amanda Flanigan

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.

Vinyl Siding

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Vinyl Tiles

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Rinse the tiles clean with a cloth dampened with water. Remove excess water from the tiles with a towel.