Posted by James Dudra on 6th Feb 2014

How to Get Rid of Smoke Smells In Your Car

Whether you've just kicked a bad habit or bought a used car, smoke smells tend to stick around for the long term. They are notoriously difficult to remove, but don't despair, there are tried and true methods of eliminating them completely from your vehicle. We run through a few of the best steps to get rid of smoke smells in your car. 

Shampoo It Out
Because smoke embeds itself in every last fiber of your vehicle and you'll want to start with a full interior shampoo. You can usually rent these machines (Lowes, Home Depot, etc) or simply go to your local detail shop. It's imperative that every inch of fabric is tackled with the shampoo machine, including the headliner. Be sure you let the car dry out completely afterwards to avoid mildew growth. 

Ozone It Out
Just because you've removed the smells from the carpeting and upholstery doesn't necessarily mean that it's completely gone. Your ventilation system may still hold some smoke odors and needs taken care of. Try and find a local detail shop which offers an ozone treatment. With this system they will circulate ozone through the ventilation removing any residual smells. 

Spot Treat as Needed
Any smoke odors that remain in the car should be addressed with an Odor Eliminator. These types of products can inhibit the release of molecules that remain on the surface of the carpeting and upholstery. 

Regardless of which approach you take, smoke is a tough smell to tackle. If you're not sure or don't have the right equipment, a professional detailer may be your best bet.