How to Remove Odors from Your Car?
Nobody likes a smelly car. It’s unpleasant to sit in your car and smell a bad aroma, and you may feel embarrassed if you’re giving friends a ride. Fortunately, in most cases, it’s relatively simple to remove a bad smell from your car. Start with taking out trash from the car, then vacuuming the interior and wiping away any stains. If the smells linger, you may need to shampoo the interior surfaces or reach out to professional car cleaners.
Removing Smells with Specific Causes
1- Wipe interior surfaces with water and vinegar to remove cigarette smell. Mix a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water in a large bowl. Wet a clean rag in the mixture, and use the rag to wipe residue from smoke and tar off of the car’s interior surfaces. Since smoke tends to work its way into every surface of a vehicle, you may also need to spray a deodorizing spray into the car’s vents and air intake.
- Remove mildew or mold by vacuuming out any moisture. Use a wet-dry vac to vacuum out any moisture from your car’s upholstery or carpets. Once you’re done, leave the windows open for 8-10 hours to allow the car’s interior to fully dry out. If you cleaned removable rugs or mats, let them dry in the sun to kill mold and mildew. Once the interior is dry, the mildew smell should be gone.
- Prevent future mildew in your vehicle by checking for any leaks in your car. You can check for leaks by parking your car over a sheet of clean cardboard overnight. If you find that your car has leaks, take it to a mechanic for repair.
- If leaks aren’t an issue, the mildew or mold may have occurred because of a spilled drink or wet gear being placed in the car and left there. Remove any contaminants such as rotting food and clean the area of the car with an all-purpose cleaner or shampoo.
- Clean out vomit by scrubbing stains with a water and vinegar solution. Vomit is an odor source that should be cleaned up immediately, because the stomach acids in vomit cling to the fiber and can damage it. Mix vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio in a large bucket. Then, dip a rag into the mixture and scrub at the vomit stain. Keep working over the stain until you’ve removed it from the surface it’s on.
- Once you’ve scrubbed all of the residual vomit out of the carpet, use a wet-dry vac to pull all of the remaining water and vinegar out of the carpet.
- Remove urine stains by scrubbing with a stain remover. Urine has a strong odor and should be removed from the car as soon as possible. Visit an auto shop and buy a stain remover that is suitable for car upholstery or carpet. Blot the stain remover onto the car upholstery or carpet rather than rubbing it in. Let the stain remover sit for the time suggested by the packaging.
- Allow the wet patch to air-dry. If you use a hot dryer source (like a hair dryer), the urine may adhere to the carpet and start to smell very bad.
- If this doesn’t work, you could try using a pet urine odor removing spray. You can purchase this product at most pet stores.
- Seek professional help if the odor continues to linger. At Macdetailz, we use the highest End technology and products to remove all types of odours safely.
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