removing bad smells from your car
Step One: Bad Smell in Car Removal
How about hiring a professional interior detailer? The fastest and easiest way to get rid of the bad smell in a car is to let a professional remove it. An automotive detailer can perform a complete, top to bottom cleaning of your car’s interior – and that would include removing the smell. Your only job would be to relax while he does the job for you.
A professional is going to know exactly what the smell is, where it’s coming from and exactly how to eliminate it. Whether it’s smoke, nasty mold, and mildew, or the always popular, because we love our pets, “wet dog” scent, the detailer will take care of it.
The other option, of course, is taking matters into your own hands. Sweat equity is certainly less expensive, but it’s also a lot of tiring work. But if tackling it yourself is the goal, here are a few tips on removal of that bad smell in car.
Removing the Smoke Smell
You may be dealing with cigarette odor, not because you smoke, but because the previous owner did. It happens all the time when purchasing a used car.
To begin, make certain no smoke remains anywhere. Ashtrays and cup holders have to be cleaned. Hidden cigarette butts that have disappeared under the seats can cause a smell to linger too. Vacuum the seats thoroughly to eliminate smoke odors.
- Once all ashes and cigarette butts are gone, wipe all surfaces and crevices. Smoke will settle on everything. Cleaning every exposed surface in your car will help you to eliminate the bad smell in your car.
- Now it’s time to deal with the upholstery and carpet. Brush the carpeting. It will lift the cigarette particles, making it easier to vacuum.
- Still noticing the smoke smell? Try using an odor elimination product. Spray the upholstery, vents, and carpeting. It takes time, but you will begin to notice a big difference.
Mildew and Mold
Mold and mildew are a health hazard along with creating that bad smell in car. Eliminating the mildew smell from your car will help your car smell better and eliminating both will help with respiratory issues.
- Eliminating mildew from your car first requires locating the source. Once you find it, don’t be surprised if you get a little grossed out by it. Pull-on the rubber gloves and maybe even a mask for your mouth and nose.
- It could take time to find it. Check under seats and floor mats. Use a flashlight if you have to. Once you find it, scrub the entire area thoroughly with a good carpet cleaner or upholstery shampoo that is good for mold and mildew.
- You might want to be sure the source isn’t dampness on the car seats. Check that the upholstery is dry. If you discover any dampness at all, then that is most likely the culprit.
- All moisture must be removed from the car. This is key. Air out the car in the garage with your windows cracked. Do it for several days.
Dog Smell: Removing Dog Smell
how to clean bad smells from your car
If your car is smelling exactly like your beloved dog, the best way to remove the odor is by trying the “baking soda and vacuum” technique. Try this before actually resorting to chemical cleaners. Chemicals are harsh on the car, you, and unhealthy for your pets.
- Give the upholstery a thorough brushing and vacuuming. Remember to get the carpet also. This will get the majority of the dog hair out of your car before spreading out the baking soda.
- Sprinkle the baking soda over the upholstery and car seats. Recline the seats and deodorize the backrests. If the baking soda tumbles away from the areas you want it to cling to, use a damp rag and press it in. Keep the baking soda on overnight, and vacuum it up the next day. Use a small brush to lift it up, if needed.