Baking soda. Just pour a few boxes around the interior, wait a few days,
and then vacuum up the backing soda. If there's a lot of buildup in the
headliner, you can make a paste with the baking soda & water, rub it in,
let it dry, then vacuum again.
Don't be scared about renting these units, and PRESCRUB the carpets and
seats with a spray on cleaner of sorts.. .i use spray nine or simple green.
DO NOT wet the headliner, unless you want ot replace it!!!
as the car is drying, the smoke smell will linger some, but after it
dries you shouldn't smell much. wetting it seems to bring out smells.
I bought a car that used to be part of Coca-Cola's sales fleet. Guy who
drove it must have been a chainsmoker, because the entire interior was
The problem with a _really_ heavily smoked-in car is that the crap is
everywhere. It's inside the seat cushions, inside the headliner, in the
carpet, and in the cabin air filter. I used a handheld steam cleaner to
do the upholstery and left the doors open for an entire summer day. I
did the headliner by hand with one of those spraycans that has a brush
built into the top of it. Even now, more than two years later, when I
turn on the heat I get a brief whiff of stale tobacco.
Yep. had more than one like that. Smoke accelerates the deterioration of
the adhesive when combined with other factors. Don't know if it would do it
all on its own, though. Learned that from an experienced upholstry guy.
I agree with the cleaning, I wanted to add I had to take the dash off my 91
TC and clean the airvents inside as well as the louvers and all the other
parts I had off. Took about 6 washes to get all the nicotine off the dash
(inside) near the ash tray.
Use Febreze and spray all the fabric in the car- seats, headliners,
carpeting. If there are floor mats, throw them away and buy new ones. Use a
good cleaner such as Simple Green or a good vinyl/plastic cleaner for the
dash and door panels. Clean all the windows with ammonia- cuts the tars the
best. Get some Lysol concentrate and mix it in a bottle sprayer slightly
stronger than the instructions say, turn the heat and fan on high, and spray
liberally into the outside cabin air intake (set the heater controls on
fresh air or outside air). Turn the car off and spray inside the vents with
the Lysol. Let sit for a while. You may end up doing it all again come
summer, but that should get rid of most of the smell. My girl friend's car
was owned by a heavy smoker, and that's what I used to get rid of it all.
Took me 2 complete treatments, and a few more sprays with the Febreze when
the humidity was high.
Only my own experience. I guess you could go to the manufacturer's web site
and get all the information you need. I play a lot of tennis, and my Probe
had cloth seats. I used Febreze on them to get rid of the sweat smell, and
it was gone, not simply masked. The smell wouldn't come back until I forgot
to use a towel on the seats a few times (or sweated through it), not even in
the heat and humidity of SC. Not trying to sell the product, just saying it
works for me!
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