Car smell solutions

Does your car smell? Here’s what to do

In this article, we will cover the steps that you can follow to get rid of any unpleasant smells that may be present in your car. And don’t worry, this is a problem for most drivers. Applying these tips will make you a popular chauffeur in no time, so give it a try:

Step One: Start by clearing everything out of your car and removing the trash. Be sure to reach underneath the seats and remove all the discarded and lost items. Then check inside the pockets on the doors and the seat backs; be sure and dig out all the drink containers as well.  One last thing, get between all the car’s seat surfaces and remove all the things that have gotten between the cracks.

Step Two: If you’re looking for where a specific smell is coming from, but can not find it, it may help you to use an ion-wave ultraviolet light. It might be a few bucks out of your pocket, but would be a super helpful tool.

Step Three: Wipe down every plastic, wood, glass and metallic surface inside your vehicle with a mild detergent and warm water.  Go slowly and get every surface. For leather seating, you should use a leather cleaner, according to the team at this Thomson, GA Jeep dealership. Be sure and wipe down the interior of the glove compartment, too.

Step Four: Take the vacuum out of your apartment or house to vacuum your vehicle with it, and do not miss any spots. Remove the floor rugs that can be removed and vacuum the carpet and seat surfaces. Get out all dirt. Use a skinny vacuum nozzle to get in between all the seats and cushion, as well; if you don’t borrow one from a relative or neighbour. You’ll be amazed at the things that make their way out of there.

Step Five:  If you don’t have an “upholstery hose”-equipped steam cleaner, think about renting one.  Many large supermarkets have steam cleaners that you can rent for about $20 per day. Spend time and really clean the seats and carpets with the steam cleaner you get.

After you have gone through Steps One through Five, let your car’s interior dry out and see if you can detect any odours. You might need to go at the carpet, and maybe headliner, another time with a good cleaning solution and the steam cleaner if you detect odours.

Do you or other smoke in your car? Cigarette smoke can be the hardest to get rid of.  Here’s something to try: Sprinkle carpet deodoriser and/or baking soda over the seats and carpet, leave for a few hours, and then vacuum the substance up.

In the future, clean up all spills the very moment they happen. They are much easier to remove when they first happen and will leave behind the least odour when eliminated very fast. Also, conduct a regular cleaning to remove food scraps, empty drink bottles, and debris that may have gotten into the car since it’s last been cleaned out.