How to Remove Smoke Smell from Your Car

When you purchase a used or certified pre-owned vehicle sometimes that means having to do some minor fixes to keep your vehicle at its best.

One of the more common issues Port Orchard and Gig Harbor drivers may have when buying their used car is the smell of smoke. While drivers are free to smoke in their car if they please, it’s important to understand that smoke permeates soft surfaces and stays within the fibers of the upholstery. So if you just got into your used vehicle and smell smoke or are looking to trade in or sell your vehicle, but notice you’ve left the smell of smoke lingering, find out from Advantage Nissan how you can remove any traces of smoke and keep your car smelling fresh.

How to Remove the Smoke Smell from Carpet and Upholstery

If you’re looking to get cigarette smell or smoke from staying within your vehicle, you should know that different materials require different methods of care. So if you’re trying to remove the smell of cigarettes or cigars from the carpet and upholstery, you’re going to need some fairly tangible household items: baking soda and a vacuum. Once you have these two items, follow these steps:

  1. Thoroughly vacuum the carpet and upholstery as thoroughly as possible. Make sure you get under the seats and in-between the crevices as well. This will clear out any Vacuum the upholstery and carpet as thoroughly as you can. Be sure to get under the seats and in crevices of the seats too, as old ash could be sitting in those areas.
  2. Next, sprinkle baking soda all over the upholstery and the carpet, and let it sit for a while. The baking soda is an odor neutralizer and captures unpleasant scents.
  3. After the baking soda has sat for some time, take the vacuum and clean it up. If you notice that the scent is still lingering, sprinkle small amounts of baking soda to help remove the scent further. If you choose, you can also leave an open box of baking soda in your vehicle overnight to help absorb the smell.


How to Remove the Smoke Smell From Leather and Trim

There’s nothing luxurious about the smell of smoke in leather seating. So, if you’re looking to maintain the high-end feel of your car, then follow these steps to ensure that smoke does not get into your leather seats or leave any residue on any other interior surfaces.

  1. In order to remove the smell from leather and trim, you will need a special cleaner that’s specifically formulated for the surface you are planning on cleaning. For example, use a cleaner specifically made for leather or for your car’s dashboard.
  2. Clean the surfaces multiple times, as the smoke smell can get deep within the surface of leather and trim. Multiple cleanings can ensure you’ve fully removed the scent and the residue left behind.

What About Other Areas in Your Car?

You may think that smoke or ash may only be found in the seating or upholstery of your car, but it’s important to realize that smoke can also leave residue on your windows, the front and back windshield, and within the air filter and vents. So be sure wipe down windows and seats really good as well as replacing air filters regularly to avoid the buildup of smoke or any other sticking smells.

Find Your Perfect Vehicle at Advantage Nissan

If you’re in the market for a new, used, or certified pre-owned vehicle, near the Tacoma area, head to Advantage Nissan for all of your automotive needs. You can also make use of our service department and service specials to keep your car looking and feeling in top shape. And, if you find yourself in need of a replacement for a few days, check out our Nissan rental division. Feel free to contact us today if you have any questions on the Nissan maintenance schedule!

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