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Old 05-24-2011, 02:03 PM
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My cars previous owner was a smoker

I havent posted for a while, and this may not exactly fit the guidelines for this forum, but I hope for some patience and advice.

I just bought a nice used car, but.... How do I get the smell of old cigarette smoke out of the interior? Turns out the previous owner was a chain smoker...Thx

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Clean the hard surfaces first. If you do nothing else to it but leave the windows open every chance you get, it will eventually go away.

If you want to do it quicker, find a janitor supply store and ask for an all in one air freshener, deodorizer, and smoke remover. Some of these things will even work on decomp.
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What about steam cleaning the carpets and seats Dan?
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I used to pull the interiors completely out, shampoo everything rinse thouroghly (soap residue attracts dirt) and let the air and sun get to it.
Cleaning the AC Heat ductwork is must , you will find that out.
One thing to think about is maybe putting an Ozone generator in the car for a day when all the cleaning is done, that will get to the deep down odors and is the only true way to get them all out. It is worth it too.
One thing to remember is when ozoning a car it is best to remove the digital dash, stereo equiptment and engine controller...etc as it is kinda rough on that stuff.
You may want to completly replace the headliner as well, seems they fall apart usually when you try to clean them and they absorb A LOT of smoke.
The ductwork can be cleaned up a lot by using a foaming evaporative detergent used to clean the smell from AC evaps. Mc Parts will have those.(you wont have to dissasemble it)

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Get some Ozium.
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I bought a used Gran Marquis for cheap once because an old guy who chainsmoked had owned it. The car lot had done all their tricks and it still stank years later when we got rid of it.
I think if you scrub all the upholstery with one of those high strngth citrus cleaners, It might help. Fabreeze has some merits too.
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What about steam cleaning the carpets and seats Dan?
Sure, that will work too, assuming the seats are made of fabric and not vinyl or leather. Be careful what you use to scrub fabrics, there are tons of auto upholstery cleaners out there which are available at the Wal-Marts and auto supply stores of the world.
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There is also a candle available which works on the smoke smell.
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I used to pull the interiors completely out, shampoo everything rinse thouroghly (soap residue attracts dirt) and let the air and sun get to it.
You may want to completly replace the headliner as well, seems they fall apart usually when you try to clean them and they absorb A LOT of smoke
X2 i use to do it this way also, not alway's the headliner but not a bad idea to change also it catches everything IMHO.



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Hi,a friend bought a 51 chevy that someone had died in (no BS)we removed the entire interior and headliner,(wearing gas masks (we were in the army)pulled the dash out,(and replaced it,and all instruments)we put about 12 containers of bleach inside the car,shut it up,and checked it everyday,after 2 weeks you still could not get near the car,,if youve ever really smelled a dead body,you will NEVER forget the smell,so,we took a blow torch and tried to burn the smell out,still could NOT remove the smell,put the car in the junk yard.too bad,the car was in new condition (this was 1960.)
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An easier way would be to take up smoking !
Could not resist, sorry.
I have seen menthol shave cream sprayed on the carpet and left to absorb ordors.
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An easier way would be to take up smoking !
Could not resist, sorry.
I have seen menthol shave cream sprayed on the carpet and left to absorb odors.
I am going to try that one. I quit smoking 3+ years ago, there is still alingering odor, mostly from the a/c vents. What type of product works well for this? Name please, I have tried Ozium, just didn't do that much, maybe I gave up too quickly, used about 3 spray cans. about 2 oz. each over a 6 month period of time.
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The car dealerships have an "ozone" machine they use which is supposed to work - it does. But not as well as they would like. When I bought my truck, the dealer had a very low mileage, year old truck which was exactly what I wanted. They spent many dollars and hours over several attempts including shampooing and steaming trying but all I had to do is open the door. None of them could smell it - all smokers - but I sure could. I saw the previous owner afterwards in his new one - closed up tight and smoking that one up as well. Another - I got the idea that I would look good in a Mark Vlll and tried a beauty out - that is I sat in it then told the dealer it stunk - of chain smoked cigars - a lot worse. At least the truck I bought doesn't have cigarette stink, just dog (original owner had two labs).

In today's world, a stunk up car just wont move fast on a lot and the pricing is often more negotiable if it wont bother a new owner. I understand the habit, just don't understand why people insist on stinking up their cars and homes
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Try the Fabreze air freshener..might take more than one app but it is cheap and at the Grocers. Works for me..At least it smells better than the smoke..

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I am going to try that one. I quit smoking 3+ years ago, there is still alingering odor, mostly from the a/c vents. What type of product works well for this? Name please, I have tried Ozium, just didn't do that much, maybe I gave up too quickly, used about 3 spray cans. about 2 oz. each over a 6 month period of time.
I have no hands on experience with this stuff, but this stuff sounds promising: CLICK HERE
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