Transform Your Car Smell Into New
March 20, 2007 1:13pm CST
Don't let stale smoke smells in your car get you down - it's easy to transform your vehicle from a smoky bomb to smelling like a brand new automobile! My brother-in-law is an air-con mechanic. Whenever he buys or services a used car that has been smoked in, he cleans or replaces the air-con filter. Shampooing the carpet, cleaning the seats and headliner and wiping all inside glass surfaces and dash board will remove smoke residue. Buying new carpeted floor mats and a can of 'new car smell' works too! Motor oil rubbed onto vinyl surfaces will add shine and give that new factory plastic smell - just don't overdo it! Instead of buying air fresheners, spray your favourite fragrance onto a cloth handkerchief, or rolled up piece of paper and insert into one of the air vents on the dashboard. I keep a small can of body spray to just mist around the car when I get in. If a car actually smells 'dirty', it's the dirt! So vacuum or sweep as necessary. I also use an Armor-all brand leather cleaner, which is like a lotion and smells like new leather. Incidentally, I picked up some tips from a man who owns a car detailing business for luxury cars - Mercedes and so on. He was buying Pears hand lotion and liquid soap and stressed that it had to be Pears brand. The lotion was to use on the leather car seats, and the soap was his carpet shampoo. I'm sure his cars smelled great and those leather seats would have been butter smooth!
• Gold Coast, Australia
20 Mar 07
I don't smoke, so I don't have that problem with my car, but over time it does need freshening up, so a good vacuum and clean the vinyl with Armor-all is usually all that's needed. However, my husband smokes and sometimes his car smells awful. Even after using Armor-all on it, I can still smell nicotine, so I might suggest he tries using the Pears soap to shampoo the carpet! Spraying a handkerchief with a nice smell and inserting it into one of the air vents seems a good idea and worth a try.