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How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Car

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Buying a used vehicle in Roseburg is a great way to find a new ride that won’t break the bank. Unfortunately, some used vehicles come with minor issues that may go undiscovered until you’ve had it for a few days, such as an unpleasant smoke smell left behind by the previous owner. Smoke easily permeates soft surfaces and sticks to the fibers of the upholstery, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve the condition and knock out the smell for good. To learn more, explore how to get smoke smell out of a car with Clint Newell Chevrolet near Eugene, below.


How to Remove Smoke Smell from Car Upholstery and Carpet

Getting rid of smoke smell from carpet and upholstery requires a different set of tools than leather. To remove the smell of smoke, you’ll need baking soda and a vacuum. Then, follow these simple steps:

  1. Vacuum the carpet and upholstery, being sure to do an extra thorough job. Be mindful of getting into all the cracks and crevices and under the seats, as old ash may be hiding in these areas.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda across the upholstery and carpet, allowing it to sit for a while. Baking soda is an effective and affordable neutralizer that is great for capturing unwelcome scents.
  3. After allowing the baking soda to sit for a while, you can vacuum it all up. Feel as though the smoke smell is still lingering? Sprinkle more baking soda in small amounts, allowing it to sit for a while before vacuuming again. If you’d like, you can also leave the open box of baking soda in your vehicle overnight to help absorb any leftover smell.

How to Get Smoke Smell out of Car Leather and Trim

Unfortunately, smoke smell can also permeate leather seating and trim. Here’s how to get cigarette smell out of car leather and trim:

  1. Leather and trim require a special cleaner that is formulated to work with them and prevent any further damage to your car’s surfaces. Be sure to do thorough research to find a cleaner that is specially made for your car’s leather or dashboard material.
  2. Following the cleaner’s instructions, you may need to clean the affected surface(s) multiple times, as smoke smell can penetrate deep into a vehicle’s leather and trim.

What About Other Areas in Your Car?

Once you’ve taken care of the areas in your car that are more difficult to tackle, you can shift your focus to other surfaces. Take care to wipe down your windows, front and rear windshield, and replace the cabin air filter in your car. Smoke smell can sneak its way onto all of these surfaces, and can certainly get trapped in air vents.


Learn More at Clint Newell Chevrolet

The best way to avoid buying a used vehicle that’s riddled with smoke smell is to buy from a trusted source like Clint Newell Chevrolet. We’re always here to serve shoppers from Sutherlin and beyond, and when you take advantage of our vehicle specials, it’s even easier to secure a great price on your next car! For additional help on how to get rid of the smoke smell in a car, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment with our service center.


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