How to Get Smoke Smell Out of a Car

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It’s easy to find a reliable used car that suits your budget. However, in some cases, used cars come with minor issues, thanks to their previous owners. Fortunately, many of these minor issues are easily fixable. One of the most common problems with used vehicles is a lingering smoke smell. If you’re wondering how to get smoke smell out of a car, check out our guide below for tips!

Remove Smoke Smell from Car Upholstery & Carpeting

If your car has fabric upholstery and carpeting, you’ll follow a different set of steps than you would for leather upholstery. You’ll need baking soda and a vacuum, for starters. Then, follow these steps to get the smoke smell out of your car:

  1. First, thoroughly vacuum the carpet and upholstery to remove any ashes that may be lying around. Get into the nooks and crannies and under the seats as well.
  2. Next, sprinkle some baking soda over the carpeting and upholstery. Let it sit. Baking soda will help neutralize the smoke smell.
  3. Lastly, after the baking soda has had time to sit, vacuum the interior once again. If the smell is still lingering, you can sprinkle a bit more baking soda and repeat the process. You can also leave an open box of baking soda in your car to help neutralize the smell even further.

How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell in a Car with Leather Seating

Smoke can soak into leather seating as well. You’ll need a special leather cleaner that won’t dry out the material but will also sanitize it and leave it smelling fresh. Follow these steps to remove it safely and effectively:

  1. First, use a soft, clean microfiber cloth to wipe down the seats. If you have perforated leather, avoid applying the cleaning solution directly to the seats. Use the solution on the leather trim as well, such as on the dashboard.
  2. Next, clean the surfaces again if necessary. Smoke can be stubborn when it comes to leather because it’s a natural material. Multiple cleanings will help remove the residue as much as possible.
  3. Lastly, leave an opened box of baking soda in your car for additional help with neutralizing the smoke smell.
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Removing Smoke Smell from Other Areas of Your Car

After you’ve cleaned the upholstery, trim, and carpet, you’ll need to focus your attention on other aspects of the interior. In addition, you’ll want to:

  • Wipe the windows
  • Wipe the front and back windshields
  • Replace the air filter

This will help remove as much of the smoke residue as possible, leaving you with a fresher smelling car.

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