Faint Memories

September 9th, 2016 · 6 Comments

Having a smoker’s house means it’s easier to remember where pictures were hung.  Nicotine-stained fingers leave marks on the front door.  Impressive.

dirty neglected smoker's house heavy cigarette smoke smoking damaged floor Wickenburg Arizona home house for sale

There’s a sink but you’d bet the sellers never washed their hands.  Check out the refrigerator and cabinet doors!

dirty neglected kitchen cabinet doors refrigerator damaged floor Wickenburg Arizona home house for sale

They painted a crescent moon on the bathroom door to make it look like an outhouse.

dirty neglected bathroom crescent moon painted on door Wickenburg Arizona home house for sale

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mlb // Sep 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Yuck. I wonder if there’s a way to remove the nicotine, or if future buyers are stuck with it.

  • 2 JJ // Sep 10, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Is that brown color on the ceiling nicotine?? Imagine what the person’s lungs look like!

  • 3 wanda // Sep 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Scary… the bathroom looks cleaner than the other rooms

  • 4 mlb // Sep 11, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Wanda: yeah, that’s probably the only place they didn’t smoke.

  • 5 Jozef // Sep 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Yes, the ceiling is brown due to nicotine. The walls aren’t quite so yellow because someone probably cleaned them (or, tried to clean them) before. Nicotine stains are hard to clean, so a lot of people will just paint over it. Some things get permanently stained too… and the smell is hard to get rid of too. This is a perfect example of why almost no one smokes in the house anymore; not just because of how unhealthy it is to breathe that air all the time, but also because it ruins all your possessions. When you stop smoking in the house, you notice how much easier it is to clean, and keep it clean. Plus you, and the house will smell so much nicer. I wonder if one of the reasons why wood paneling was so popular in the ’70s is because it hid the nicotine stains? Not to mention brown and yellow colour schemes.

  • 6 Matt // Sep 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

    My house was very close to that bad with nicotine stains when I bought it. It was owned by a WWII vet who probably had been smoking in it for the last 40 years.

    Like Jozef said, I had wood paneling that hid the wall color, but the ceilings were tan in color. We replaced all the carpet, washed everything at least once, primed all the ceilings with original Killz and then painted. The smell went away pretty quickly, but it was a lot of work.

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