How to get rid of those bad smells in your car

Smelly car interiorThere are a number of reasons why a car interior can smell bad. It could be that there is a mechanical problem with the car itself which is causing the smell. It could be cigarettes or even your messy children in the back that are causing the smell; but no matter where the smell is coming from it should be easy to get rid of.
Here’s our handy guide on how to get rid of those bad smells in your car –

Vacuum the car regularly

Most of the odour you may be experiencing can get trapped in the fabric of your interior, so it’s important to vacuum the seats as often as you can to prevent any nasty smells.

Hoovering car
Vacuum your interior regularly to prevent bad smells.

If you have children or pets in the back seats quite often, then you need to consider vacuuming the seats at least once every two weeks to ensure none of the smells start to linger.

Our advice would be to use the special upholstery attachment you get with your vacuum to ensure you get into all the tight spots. It’s important you also vacuum the boot as well as the foot wells and all the carpets.

Smoke out the smoke

Cigarette smoke is probably one of the worst smells for a car interior to have, and it can literally get anywhere within the car making it harder to get rid of. If you’re looking to sell your car now or in the near future, then eradicating that smoky smell is a must!

Apart from spraying the cars interior with air freshener, another effective way of removing the smell is to open the hood of your car and spray the air freshener through your intake valve, which should hopefully remove the smell from the system.

Use baking soda

Baking soda on car seatBaking soda is also a great way of getting rid of those nasty smells. For example, you can pour a little of the baking soda into your ashtray, to help stop the cigarette smell right from the source.

If you also happen to spill something on your carpet which gives off a nasty smell, then you can also sprinkle a little baking soda over the area. The baking soda should absorb the smell, and you can then vacuum it up after a short while.

Charcoal – that’s right, we said charcoal!

You probably think we’ve gone mad at this point, but unbelievably charcoal is one of the best substances at absorbing those nasty smells. For that very reason you will often find that charcoal is used in lots of air and water filters.

Place some charcoal in your car and leave for a few days. When you come back you will be amazed at how much the smell has been absorbed by the charcoal!

The more serious smells need to be dealt with – and fast!

Car leaking oilWhen we say serious, we are talking about any petrol, oil or gas smells which could be coming directly from the car. You may have a leak which could catch fire, so if you do have any doubts that it’s important you have your local garage come out and look at the car.

The car may not be safe to drive if there is a leak, so rather than driving it to the garage you should try and get someone out to look at the car. You could also check underneath the car to see if there are any visible signs of a leak.

Let the professionals in…

If all else fails, let the professionals take over.

If all else fails and you still have a nasty lingering smell, then why not send the professionals in to finish the job. It may prove a little costly, but in the long run it will be worth it if the car is back to smelling great.

A professional valeting service is always a good option, as they will know all the tricks in the book to remove those bad odours. And while you’re at it, why not get the outside of your car cleaned as well, and get the whole car looking as good as new 🙂

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