HOW TO GET RID OF SMOKE SMELL IN YOUR CAR

Cigarette smoke is insidious and easily permeates every surface it clings to, making it difficult to eradicate. In an enclosed area, like the inside of a vehicle, removing the odour can be even more problematic. But you can be encouraged to know that eliminating the source of the smell can be done in 3 easy steps, whether you’re selling a used car, returning a rental, or just want your car to smell like new again. Find out how to remove the smell of smoke from your car fast.

INTERIOR DETAILING FOR CIGARETTE SMOKE REMOVAL

STEP 1: REMOVE PARTICLES AND FALLEN ASH

  • Our Power Out! products are formulated to eliminate the smoke odours clinging to the interior surfaces, while other products only mask it.
  • The very first thing you should do is vacuum every surface inside the car, both hard and soft surfaces.
  • Ash and smoke particles will continue to permeate surfaces, including your vents, until they are removed.

STEP 2: CHECK & CLEAN THE ASHTRAY

  • Thoroughly vacuuming helps to lift up the odour particles caused by smoke and ash, aiding in the process to eliminate the smell.
  • Take out the ashtray and wash it good, then let it air out for at least 24 hours before placing it back in your car. Ashtrays are one of the main culprits of holding on to smoke odours.

 

One trick that helps with stopping the smoke from spreading throughout the inside of your car is using an ashtray cup with a lid and diffuser, if you are a frequent or heavy smoker.

 

 

STEP 3: CLEAN & DEODORISE CAR INTERIOR SURFACES

To destroy any remaining smoke odours still holding on to your surfaces, both hard and soft, we recommend our Power Out! Fresh Clean All-Surface Cleaner. This cleaner will have your car smelling fresh and continue to deodorise for up to 30 days.

  • Step 1: Shake well. Hold the bottle 4 to 6 inches away from the surface, and spray an even layer, making sure not to saturate.
  • Step 2: Use a clean, dry microfibre cloth to work the formula into the surfaces. Repeat if you continue to smell odours or stains are still visible.
  • Step 3: Use a different clean microfibre cloth to pat the area dry. Allow for the formula to dry thoroughly if used on soft surfaces, like upholstery or carpet.

An air freshener formulated with smokers in mind is recommended for best results. Try our Odor-X Fresh Blast.

 

HOW TO GET SMOKE SMELL OUT OF CAR VENTS

Particles from cigarette smoke easily get trapped in air vents, and even after a thorough clean in the interior, the odours can still be detected. It’s important not to neglect them.

  • Step 1: Start by turning on your car’s air conditioning to its highest blast setting, making sure the recirculation mode is also turned on. This will help the Odor-X Fresh Blast fully reach into the air vents.
  • Step 2: Place the can in a cup holder, on the center console, or on the floor, and press down firmly on the valve to release the automatic mist.
  • Step 3: Exit the car and let it run for 15 minutes, allowing the exclusive Odor-X technology to eliminate lingering odours on a molecular level as it reaches into your car’s vents and surfaces. Wait for the fog to clear before reentering the car.

The air conditioning system’s filter may need to be replaced in the event that this method doesn’t fix the issue. Older cars and cars owned by heavy smokers are likely to need this extra step.

HOW TO QUICKLY DEODORISE YOUR CAR

  • Our line of Odor-X products are formulated with all-in-one auto interior odour elimination in mind, ideal for when you’d rather get rid of smoke smell and other odours fast and effectively without the need of focusing on one section at a time.
  • We’ve tested our Odor-X Fresh Blast aerosol foggers in both cool and hot conditions, finding it works exceptionally well in both cases. This means they can be used in any condition, such as when you’re in a hurry or from a rental vehicle.
  • Our specialised aerosol formula uses a multitude of odour eliminating chemistries to neutralise strong smells that have penetrated deeply into all of your car’s interior surfaces and air vents, eradicating them quickly and leaving behind deodorising properties for up to 30 days.
  • Ideally, it’s best to fully clean your car’s interior surfaces to remove the source of the odour, along with using an aerosol deodoriser. A multi-purpose cleaner that works on multiple surfaces will cut cleaning time down significantly.

HOW TO GET CIGARETTE SMELL OUT OF LEATHER SEATS

Because of the sensitive care that comes with preserving leather, cigarette odour that permeates itself into your leather interior becomes more difficult to get rid of.

We recommend using our Power Out! Leather, specialized for cleaning leather to safely remove cigarette smoke odours. The formula comes with a detachable scrub brush designed for deep penetration without damaging your car’s leather interior.

  • Step 1: Spray a light even layer of foam on the leather surfaces that need deodorising.
  • Step 2: Detach the scrub brush by pushing the button on the bottom of the brush. Massage the brush back and forth, working one section at a time.
  • Step 3: Use a clean and dry microfibre cloth to immediately wipe off any excess foam.
  • Step 4: If necessary, repeat the application.

SUMMARY

Cigarette smoke odours are particularly difficult to remove from car interiors, especially if the layer of smoke has settled itself in after several years of exposure.

It’s best to use a specialized smoke odour remover product that’s designed to destroy the source of the smell at the molecular level, rather than mask it, like air fresheners or household items tend to do. Our advanced formulas have been laboratory tested and continue to eliminate new odours for up to 30 days, for long-lasting results.

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