Does Vaping Indoors Stain Walls?

Evidence shows vaping with nicotine can leave debris on walls, although the result is usually colorless. Experts suggest that other ingredients present in e-cigarette vapour can produce similar effects, although research is limited.

Here we will explore the extent to which vaping inside does or does not stain walls in addition to the potential risks associated with e-cigarette smoking in one’s home or other enclosed space.

Does vaping indoors produce visible nicotine stains on walls?

So far, research suggests debris left behind from e-cigarette liquid is colorless and nearly invisible, unlike regular cigarette smoke debris which stains walls. 

However, the liquid released in a smoker’s residence from vape mods is oily, which can attract dirt and dust to the walls and keep it there longer. 

Does vaping turn walls yellow?

Depending on the ingredients present in the vape products one uses, vaping stains do not turn your walls yellow as cigarettes will. If you inhale e-liquids from vapes, the smoke is typically colorless, leaving no visible stains, and the vapor dissipates quickly.

Which is worse for walls, smoking tobacco, or vaping?

The residue from e-juices is invisible, whereas nicotine from tobacco and cigar use can leave residue on walls, teeth, and other surfaces in a yellow shade. More research is needed to determine which residue has more harmful chemical components for someone who smokes inside. 

Does vape smoke on walls smell bad?

The aroma left from nicotine and other ingredients contained in e-liquids depends on the ingredients present in the vape cartridge. If any of the ingredients have a strong odor, such as those with high nicotine levels, an aroma will likely remain. 

The use of vaping devices in a smoker’s residence also attracts dust and dirt, diminishing air quality, and leaving an odor and minor stain on the walls. 

Can vaping ruin my home’s interior?

Unlike damage in a smoker’s house from tobacco use that leaves obvious tar and nicotine residue, there are many ways to clean a home’s interior after vaping indoors, especially if a professional cleaning service is involved and attention is paid not to damage walls. 

However, some people who are sensitive to chemicals found in the substances may still notice it after cleaning. Like cigarette smoke and the nicotine residue it leaves behind, e-cig use can devalue your home in these cases. 

Will my landlord know if I vape in my home?

If your landlord does not look carefully at your living space, they may not notice the colorless residue a vape smoker leaves behind. 

If they inspect closer though, they may notice the oily residue and the faint scent, realizing some sort of indoor smoking has taken place. 

Does vaping damage wallpaper?

Wallpaper is usually porous and susceptible to trapping dirt and contaminants and the liquid expelled from e-cig vapor may cause the same damage. 

Since electronic cigarette smoke is especially good at clinging to porous surfaces, it can certainly make stains on wallpaper (although it won’t discolor it). 

What kind of materials can be affected by e-cig vapor?

Thirdhand exposure to vaping can hang in the air and cling to all surfaces, particularly porous ones like carpet and curtains. Matte-finish paint is notoriously prone to staining and has a lot of nooks and crannies where oily residue or dirt can hide. 

Can I clean vape debris off my walls myself?

If you want to clean the oiliness left from e-cigarette usage yourself, try the following methods:

  • Scrub your home’s interior to avoid staining and repainting.
  • Repaint any area where staining develops with a flat or matte finish that can be damaged by heavy cleaning.
  • Avoid any further vaping once your home has been thoroughly cleaned.

Will repainting cover-up vape damage?

If you cover material containing e-cigarette debris, you trap the substance in between coats of paint. Although this may help, it may also result in exposed residue.

What things can indoor e-cig smoking damage besides walls?

Particles from vaping can adhere to pretty much anything including furniture, bedding, appliances, and carpeting. It is easier to clean vape substances from non-porous materials, like metal and glass, rather than porous materials like carpeting and clothing. 

How do I clean e-cig debris from the rest of my house?

Be aware that porous materials are harder to clean than non-porous materials; therefore, many of these would benefit from a professional cleaning. If you want to clean any vaping stain from your house, you can try the following:

  • Use a mixture of vinegar and water for non-porous materials.
  • Apply baking soda to deodorize carpeting.
  • Clean the furnace, ductwork, and all register grates.
  • Clean or replace all light fixtures.
  • Open windows and run your furnace fan to keep fresh air ventilating.
  • Avoid any further vaping once your home has been thoroughly cleaned to avoid potential staining.

How do you remove e-cig spills from clothes?

Since the smoke from vaping is oily, scrubbing your clothes with cleaners designed for degreasing, like gentle dish soap, should work to remove any remnants. This also works if you spill vape juice on your clothes or fabric furniture. 

Can vape smoke go through walls?

Although it can leave light traces from chemical compounds on walls, the good news is that vapor cannot travel through walls nor damage them. It can, however, travel through ventilation systems between different rooms and leave debris on the objects inside. 

Why can I smell my neighbor’s vape?

Any rooms connected by the same HVAC system have the capacity to spread particles from vaping. Thus, thirdhand smoke and e-cigarette residue from one apartment or condo can spread to another. 

Is it dangerous to vape indoors?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, electronic cigarettes are a source of thirdhand exposure to nicotine. In this study, researchers tested the substance left from vaping on 5 different surfaces, finding there was a significant increase of nicotine on all of them, potentially exposing people to harmful carcinogens.

What is thirdhand smoke?

Thirdhand smoke, which is a relatively new term, is the residual nicotine and chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. Although thirdhand smoke is better researched in regard to cigarettes, studies suggest vaping produces it as well.

Is it better to vape in only one room?

A recent study shows that chemicals left behind from using e-cigarettes in a closed environment have the ability to move through air vents. 

Any room sharing an HVAC system, such as rooms in a house, apartment, or business complex can spread thirdhand smoke to other rooms or units. 

Are non-smokers at risk of thirdhand exposure from e-cig use?

Few unified policies exist for protecting non-smokers from thirdhand exposure to e-cigarette contact in public spaces. A new window of research will be necessary to determine the need for better policy protection and increased awareness of potential risks among vape consumers.