Car Odor Removal
For most car owners, car odor removal is often a difficult task. However, if you know the basic
principles of cleaning your car and looking for the problem areas on a regular basis, you won’t have a hard time
removing these unwanted smells.
The first thing to keep in mind is to clean and wash your car on a regular basis. Washing the
car, wiping every plastic, glass, wood, and metallic surface inside it, and vacuuming the seats and the carpet are
basic steps to clean your car. Some car owners also use car shampoo or enzymatic odor remover to steam clean the
floors, and bring out the dirt with an appropriate extracting machine. These are good practices that you should be
doing, and once the basic cleaning has been done, look for odor.
Some common causes of car odor are cigarette smoke, mold, urine, and human or pet vomit. Here
are some car odor removal solutions to deal with such situations:
The smoke seeps into everything, including your seat cushions’ foam rubber. To remove the
tobacco smell, you can shampoo the carpet, upholstery and headliner thoroughly. Once the cleaning is complete, you
can use an odor eliminator to remove the remaining traces of the odor. Another way to deal with the problem is to
place two separate plastic bowls, one close to the ashtray and the other on the backseat, each of which filled with
towels soaked in white distilled vinegar. Since the cigarette odor will get absorbed by the vinegar, removing the
bowls will remove the odor too. Sprinkling carpet deodorizer and/or baking soda over the carpet and upholstery
respectively, leaving it for a few hours before vacuuming it up can also help to get rid of the smell.
If water manages to get into your car, it may cause mold to form. So, check and prevent leaks,
if any. If you do not find such leaks, the problem could have been caused by a spilled drink, rotting food, wet
sporting equipment or other wet gear left in the car, or water from shoes. Once you find the cause, remove them,
clean the area of the car, and spray some effective odor eliminator.
At first, clean the urine and use some stain remover fit for the carpet, upholstery, or other
surface which needs to be cleaned. You can also use a pet urine odor remover if such application on the affected
surface is acceptable. When cleaning the urine from your car carpet or upholstery, do not rub the odor remover as
it may harm the delicate fibers. Rather, blot and let it sit for sometime as recommended by the packaging, before
cleaning it off.
Human or pet vomit
After you have wiped clean the area with some disinfectant wipes, use an upholstery/carpet
cleaner suitable for removing such odors.
We hope these car odor removal tips are useful to you. Remember to clean your car as often as
possible as the foul smells are progressively more difficult to treat if they are allowed to linger for long.