We’re not here to hound you on your habits—but we will tell you how to get that smoke smell out of your car.
Cigarette smoke is one of the hardest odors to remove from your vehicle. Whether you’re a frequent smoker or just purchased a vehicle from one, we’ll teach you how to get rid of that cigarette smoke once and for all.
Why Is Smoke So Hard To Get Out?
Small microscopic particles attach to every nook and cranny of your car. From the carpet to the headliner, these particles will settle into upholstery, vents, and virtually any other surface. Removing smoke can get costly, so it pays to practice good habits like:
Keeping a clean ashtray.
Wiping away surfaces daily.
Not smoking in your vehicle.
If you’re a smoker, then you know how hard that last bullet point can be. Luckily, there’s a way to get smoke out of your car regardless of your smoking habits.
3 Steps To Get Rid of Smoke Smell
There’s a difference between masking a smell and eliminating it. We’re not here to tell you to hang an air freshener or two—instead, we’ll show you how to completely remove that lingering smokey odor in three simple steps.
Remove All Particles and Ash
First things first—get rid of those particles and ash. It doesn’t matter whether you flick your ash out the window or in its designated ashtray. Ash can still end up on carpets, upholstery, and hard surfaces. Vacuum all soft surfaces of your car until the particles and ash are fully removed.
Empty Your Ashtray
If your vehicle has an ashtray and you use it daily, remove it and give it a good wash. The odor from your ashtray can cause smoke smells to linger in your vehicle that you might have gone nose blind to. After you’ve washed your ashtray, leave it out to dry for a full day before bringing it back to your car.
Clean and Deodorize All Surfaces
Before you start cleaning and deodorizing your car, make sure you ventilate. Open your doors to air out smoke while encouraging fresh air flow. Use your favorite all-surface vehicle cleaner to treat the odor-affected areas, and wipe clean with a powerful microfiber towel.
Once you’ve covered all areas of your vehicle, you’re more than welcome to top your hard work off with an air freshener.
Keep Your Vehicle Ash-Free With Dash Gear
Cigarette smoke is difficult to get out of your car—but it’s not impossible. If the smoke smell persists after completing each step, you might want to repeat step three for good measure. Keep our strong, effective microfiber towel on hand to wipe up every piece of ash or particle you find in your vehicle.
Our Dash Gear picks up lint, fibers, and particles like a magnet making it one of the most effective microfiber towels on the market. Enjoy the ride—keep your vehicle smelling fresh and clean with Clean Tools.
Picture this: a glossy paint job, just-shined rims, and a crystal-clear windshield. It’s nice, right?
Now imagine the next scene. You get into the car, and the seats aredirty.Not a good look.
It’s important for the inside of your car to look just as good as the outside. If you have cloth car seats, it could be a bit of a challenge. Lucky for you, we have all the steps you need to clean your car’s cloth seats and leave them looking like new.
Protecting your car’s exterior is crucial for maintaining a good-looking vehicle. From scratch protection to maintained resale value, there are plenty of reasons why you should preserve your car’s paint.
There aren’t many smells out there more defining and desirable than absolute accomplishment. We’re talking about that new-car smell—the aroma of success and new-car ownership as you drive out of the car lot. And far, far away from that nagging car salesman.
But what is it about that new-car smell that’s so alluring? And why does it seem to fade so quickly? In this article, we’ll talk about what makes a car smell so new and how to maintain that fragrance—without relying on sprays and air fresheners.
Vehicles have a lot of moving parts, but one that often gets overlooked is windshield wiper blades. Wiper blades are one of the most important components of your car—especially when you get caught in a snow or rain storm. But many drivers fail to realize that their wiper blades are bad until they’re stuck in bad weather.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, poor visibility causes 38,700 crashes and kills roughly 600 people annually. Whether you’re driving in rain, snow, or sleet, reliable windshield wiper blades can greatly reduce your chance of getting into a serious accident.
How to Choose the Best Wiper Blades
So, you need new wiper blades. But where do you start? With thousands of windshield wiper blades on the market, choosing new ones can be stressful and a little tricky. Maybe you live in a hot, dry climate with little to no rain. Maybe you live in an area with regular monsoons and heavy snowfall.
Luckily, our folks at CleanTools can help narrow your selection down to only the best wiper blades.
When choosing wiper blades, you’ll need the following vehicle information:
Yes, your windshield wiper blades depend on whether or not your car is a two-door or four-door. You can also take a peek at your owner’s manual to find out what style of wiper blades your car can use.
Different Types of Wiper Blades
The right wiper blade for you is the one that will fit your car and your specific needs. If a wiper blade doesn’t fit your car correctly, you’ll notice right away. Wiper blades aren’t universal, so it’s imperative to find one that will comfortably fit your windshield.
When shopping for windshield wiper blades, there are several styles to choose from.
Traditional-Frame Wiper Blades
Also known as conventional-frame blades or bracket-style blades, these basic windshield wipers feature the typical rubber squeegees or halogen-hardened rubber. Even though these are the most affordable wiper blades, they’re not as durable as other choices when withstanding harsh weather.
Hybrid Wiper Blades
Hybrid wiper blades are based on the traditional-frame blade, but with a twist. A set of hybrid blades have a hard outer shell that helps support a lower profile with improved aerodynamics for an easy driving experience during tough weather. The shell also helps keep off pesky ice and snow.
Beam-Style Wiper Blades
No, these wiper blades don’t shine—but they will help keep your windshield shiny and clear. Beam-style wiper blades are the most expensive of the three types, but for a good reason. These beam-style blades are a single-component design made with durable silicone or rubber. Beam-style blades are sleek yet hardy and last a lot longer than conventional wiper blades.
When Should I Change My Wiper Blades?
Drivers tend to use their wiper blades far past their expiration date. This is not a good idea due to the risk of breakages or poor visibility. A good rule of thumb is to replace your wiper blades every six months, regardless of how often you use them.
During those six months, you should regularly check them for any wear and tear. To do this, simply run your fingers along the edges to feel for any chipped or torn rubber. When it’s time to replace them, replace your blades as a pair.
And don’t forget about your rear windshield wiper. It may be a third wheel compared to your front wipers, but it’s still important to use from time to time.
Keep Your Windshield Clear With CleanTools
You’ve searched for the perfect wiper blades and finally found a pair. Now it’s time to wash your windshield. Your windshield is the window to the road—so keep it clean with the Absorber®. Our premium ultra-absorbent towel dries water spots twice as fast as regular chamois or terry clothes. Store it in its handy tube for easy access, no matter where you are.
Many drivers hate driving at night—and for legitimate reasons. According to the National Safety Council, 50% of all traffic fatalities happen at night. From dirty windshields to weary drivers, driving at night poses many risks and obstacles to watch out for once the sun goes down.
At CleanTools, we care about your safety—that’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips you can follow to minimize nighttime accidents every time you get behind the wheel.
5 Tips for Safe After-Dark Driving
Safe driving starts before you hop in the driver’s seat. Here are five tips to keep you safe and improve your nighttime driving skills.
1. Don’t Drive Distracted
Distracted driving is never safe—but it’s extra dangerous at night. Put your phone down and drive on high alert. Texting your friends can wait. If you’re planning on going out for a night of dancing and drinking, plan to contact a designated driver or set up a ride with your rideshare company of choice.
2. Clean Your Windshield
Are your windshields covered in bugs and debris? Don’t skimp on cleaning your windshield. Dirty windows can scatter light and increase the chances of extreme glare at night. Do yourself a favor and scrub that bug juice off. For the ultimate shine, use The Absorber®—the ultra-absorbent towel designed to dry your windshield to a crystal clear finish.
3. Use Your High Beams
Driving down a pitch-black road with no street lights can be nerve-wracking. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to blast your high beams. Remember, your vehicle has high beams for a reason. Use them to your advantage. Just make sure you’re turning your high beams off within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle so you don’t blind the other driver.
4. Slow Your Roll
You heard us, Speed Racer. It’s common for deer to jump out into the road at night. Be an attentive and considerate driver by slowing your speed. If wildlife jumps in front of you, slow down instead of swerving. Slowing down also helps increase your reaction time and allows you to see better.
5. Stay Awake (Or Pull Over)
Do you work late nights? Perhaps you’re on an overnight trip and you’ve been driving into the early morning hours. Whatever your reason is, make sure you have had plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is unsafe driving. If you feel like you’re dosing off, sip on some caffeine or pull over to rest. You can even test your pipes (no, not your vehicle’s) and stay awake by singing your favorite songs.
Clean Your Windshield With The Absorber®
Driving safely at night starts with you. Make sure you take extra precautions to ensure a safe nighttime drive by cleaning your windows with The Absorber®. Bugs will, unfortunately, meet their demise smack dab in the middle of your windshield, which can cause scattered light and poor visibility. Give your windshield a thorough scrub with our premium wash mitt and dry it to a glistening shine with The Absorber®.
Driving around town with a mud-covered truck may raise the eyebrows of average commuters—but to you? That mud is like a medal of honor splayed across your vehicle’s body and undercarriage. However, don’t subject your four-wheeled flame to the sun for too long.
Looking for a gift that will satisfy the leadfoot in your life? Whether your loved one is a hot-rodder, drag racer, rat-rodder, or gearhead, there’s one thing they all have in common—and it’s not just a love for speed and gasoline.
Car enthusiasts want their vehicles to look good. From car shows to cruising, the auto lover in your life loves to fire up a clean car—so start your engines and let’s take a look at the top four gifts for your car enthusiast.
Give the Gift of a Clean Car
We know a thing or two about cleaning here at CleanTools. We also understand how important it is for a car enthusiast to have a spotless vehicle. Luckily, we have the right tools for your loved one to fall in love with their vehicle all over again. Give your car lover the gift of a car show-ready vehicle with the perfect wash, polish, and dry.
1. Premium Wash Mitt
Your car lover cringes at scratching their four-wheeled baby. The premium Wash Mitt eliminates that fear. Because of its non-abrasive wool, polyester, and nylon blend, the Wash Mitt is designed to hold soap and water longer than your average microfiber towel for an easy, sudsy wash.
2. Buffing Ball
What’s a show-worthy car without a little—or a lot—of shine? CleanTools Buffing Balls are designed to polish chrome, aluminum, and painted surfaces to give your car lover’s vehicle a mirror finish shine. With speeds up to 2500 RPM, Buffing Balls will buff away all dirt, debris, and grime—so your motorhead’s vehicle will be Instagram-worthy in no time.
3. Dash Gear
It’s no secret that the dashboard is a dust collector. With Dash Gear, your gearhead can remove all of the lint, dirt, and fibers collecting around the dash and vents for a pristine finish. When you use Dash Gear, you and your car enthusiast can also clean off phones and other dust-prone electronics. The best part? Dash Gear comes in a resealable pouch for easy storing in the glove compartment or center console.
4. The Absorber®
There’s a reason why car enthusiasts love The Absorber®. Kick terrycloth towels and chamois to the curb with this water-hungry cloth. Made of PVA (Poly Vinyl Alcohol), The Absorber® is soft, safe, and lasts for years. Surprise your car lover with their new favorite ultra-absorbent cleaning product—so they can get out of the driveway and onto the blacktop faster than they ever imagined.
Find the Perfect Gift at CleanTools
There’s a reason why car enthusiasts have been shopping at CleanTools for over 40 years. With durable, innovative products like the beloved Absorber®, car lovers have kept their vehicles looking sharp for decades. The better you take care of your car, the longer it will last—so give your car lover the gift of a clean car—no matter where the road takes them. Check out all of our products in our online store.
If you ride a Harley Davidson, then you know how exhilarating it feels to take off on your bike after a long day. You also might know how it feels to get a windshield full of dirt, dust, and bugs. While debris can be a huge annoyance to your daily ride, it can also wreak havoc on your motorcycle if you don’t regularly wash it off.
You paid a lot for your Harley—so make sure it looks as good as it did the day you rode it home by implementing a regular wash schedule.
Let’s jump into the ins and outs of washing your Harley Davidson.
Cleaning Products You’ll Need
It’s better to be equipped with the right products before you start washing rather than finding out you don’t have everything after it’s too late. To get started, you will need:
You will also need a polisher and sealant of your choice to complete the last step in your wash process.
Got everything? Good. Let’s get washing.
How to Wash A Harley
1. The Cool Down
Don’t do a single thing until your bike cools down. You could burn yourself or damage your bike by pouring cold water over a scorching hot engine. You wouldn’t pour orange juice into your cereal, would you? Just like two things that don’t go together, hot metal and cold water should never meet due to the risk of molecular expansion.
2. The Pre-Wash
Once your Harley has cooled, give it a quick tire-to-handlebar rinse with clean water. This will help loosen up any debris so you won’t have to scrub your Harley that much with your sponge. As a general rule of thumb, you should try to touch your motorcycle as little as possible to decrease the possibility of scratching it.
3. The Wash
Time for that elbow grease. Use two clean buckets for washing and rinsing, so you can keep the clean and soapy water separate. Scrub your Harley down on all surfaces—especially the spots where insects so rudely decided to hitch a ride. Start from the bottom with your wheel spoke brush and work your way up with your sponge or wash mitt. Rinse thoroughly.
Don’t you love it when you can finally dry off those water droplets to reveal that glistening paint job? It’s important to remove all excess water to avoid those annoying hard water spots. For the most efficient dry, use The Absorber®—an ultra-absorbent alternative to terrycloth towels and chamois. The Absorber® keeps your Harley Davidson free of hard water, scratches, and dust and comes in a convenient tube for easy storage.
5. Polishing & Waxing
Nope, you’re not done yet. Polishing and waxing will make your paint job shine as bright as the sun on a long summer ride, but it will also help repel the dust, dirt, and bugs you just worked so hard to remove. Use a motorcycle-approved polish and sealant with a soft cloth to buff your bike, so you can really stand out on the blacktop.
Make Your Harley Shine With the Absorber®
Time is of the essence when it comes to drying your Harley Davidson. Whether you’re washing your motorcycle or stuck in the rain, be equipped at all times with The Absorber®. Need to dry your bike on the go? Never hit the road again without bringing the Absorber® Mini along for the ride.
So your car is dirty—again. Maybe it was the bird that decided to relieve itself on your windshield. Maybe you decided to go offroading over the weekend. Maybe you live in an area where they salt the roads. Regardless of bird droppings, mud, salt, or anything other substance that ends up on your vehicle, one thing is for sure—you have to wash it.
Luckily, you have options. Read on for five best ways to wash your car and get back on the road.
Mobile Car Washing
Sometimes life gets in the way. Between work, family, and time for yourself, you might not have the time or energy to drive to a car wash. That’s where mobile car washing and detailing comes in.
Albeit the most expensive option out of the group, mobile car washing services are the answer to the best way to wash your car, to a clean vehicle around your hectic schedule. Mobile car washers and detailers come to you—so you don’t even have to leave work or your home. These car washing professionals bring all of the best tools to give your vehicle a roof-to-rim shine and how to wash a car at home.
Convenient and time-saving
High-quality tools and products
The cleanest results
Hand Car Washing Service
Want a great car wash without the mobile price tag? Try a hand washing and detailing business—where you can sit back and let the car washing attendants take care of your vehicle.
You do have to drive for this option, so if you are tight on time then a mobile car washing service would be better suited for you. However, hand washing is an excellent option if you have a few hours to spare. Hand washers typically work at detailing service shops, so prices will range depending on the business. You can also choose from various detailing services, so you can leave with your vehicle looking exactly how you want it to look.
You don’t have to wash the car
Many services available
Automatic Car Washes
This is the car wash you can use on your lunch break. Automatic in-bay and tunnel car washes are by far the quickest way to get your car cleaned and back on the road in a snap.
Aside from washing your car at home, automatic car washes will give you the biggest bang for your buck. They are cheap, convenient, and can be found practically anywhere. In an automatic car wash, you will put your car in neutral and be pulled into the wash by a conveyor. With in-bay washes, the car wash moves around your car. With tunnel washes, your car moves on the conveyor and is pulled through the entire wash. You can opt for a basic soap and water wash up to a premium clean with wax.
The quickest option
Cheap and affordable
Convenient and time-saving
Risk of scratches
Self-Service Car Wash
Letting someone else clean your vehicle can be stomach-turning for some. Perhaps you are one of these people, but maybe you live in an apartment building and don’t have the space or tools needed to wash your car.
A self-service car wash is your answer. With self-service, you pay a small fee to use the provided equipment—and that’s it. Use the powerful spray nozzle, soap your car up, and dry. Rinse and repeat when necessary. Now, the only thing you need to know about self-service car washes is that you are timed. Make sure you have thoroughly washed your car before you run out of time. Otherwise, you’ll be driving away with your car looking as dirty as before you arrived.
You can wash your car yourself
No need for space or equipment
At-Home Car Wash
The best way to wash a car at home is the famous driveway car wash—this is the car was that only requires a driveway, a hose, a bucket, some soap, and you. An at-home car wash is by far the most affordable option on the list.
That being said, some people don’t have the space or means to wash their cars at home. If that’s the case for you, any of the above options will suffice. However, if you do have the space, then you’ll need a few basic tools to get you going.
When you wash your car at home, you want to take extra caution to ensure that you do not scratch the paint. To do this, you must use a scratch-resistant washing mitt followed by a soft, absorbent towel like CleanTools’ The Absorber®. The Absorber® is made of a material called PVA (poly-vinyl alcohol) that is soft, absorbent, and widely agreed upon as the best drying tool for vehicles. If you take care of your Absorber®, it will take care of you for many years to come.
The most affordable
Have control over your car
No need to travel
Need adequate space
Choosing the Right Car Wash for You
When you need your car washed, you have to take a look at your schedule, your budget, and your desired results. Your car is one of your largest investments in life—so you should make sure it’s well taken care of, both inside and out. That’s why your car needs CleanTools The Absorber®. And it’s not just for your car—use this wonder towel for pets, chores, and more.
If you want to avoid the time, money, and stress of repairing hail damage, follow our helpful guide on how to protect your car during hail storms.
How to Prevent Hail Damage
The best way to protect your vehicle from hail damage is to park it in a covered space when your area is expecting hail. Be proactive by checking your local weather channel, weather apps, and radars to stay up-to-date on the latest weather forecast. This is especially important if you live in an area prone to severe hail storms.
We recommend storing your vehicle in a garage during hail storms. Whether it’s a fully enclosed garage at home or a partially enclosed parking garage nearby, this space will best protect your car from hail damage. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a garage. If that’s the case for you, don’t stress. Other covered spaces—such as parking covers or carports—are also effective car cover hail protection solutions.
How to Escape Hail Damage
If you unexpectedly get caught in a hail storm, here's what you can do to protect your car from hail damage.
Move your vehicle to a safe place, ideally a covered parking area.
If you can’t find covered parking, cover your car with any hail protective materials you have on hand—such as blankets, towels, or floor mats. This form of hail protection for your car isn’t foolproof, but it’s better than nothing.
Steps to Take After a Hail Storm
Once the hail storm has passed, take some time to inspect your vehicle for any damage. If you successfully protected your car from the hail, you’re good to go.
If you weren’t so lucky, contact your insurance company and file a claim. As long as you have car insurance, any damage to your vehicle caused by the storm will be covered. Be sure to take pictures of all damages and keep receipts from any repairs so you can submit them as evidence when filing the claim.
Whether or not your car gets damaged, we recommend washing and drying it to remove any water stains, dust, or dirt that might have kicked up during the storm.
How to Repair Hail Damage
It’s important to repair hail damage quickly to prevent rust formation that would cause further damage to your car. If a hail storm arrives before you can move your car to a covered space, here are possible solutions for damage repair.
Paintless dent repair: This method is a common solution for repairing hail damage because it’s relatively cheap and quick to do. You use a special tool to push out the dent and apply heat to form a seal that melts the plastic back into place.
Car detail: Find a local body shop that will repair the damages for you. This option is more expensive than repairing the dents yourself, but it saves you a lot of time and stress.
Dry Your Car With The Absorber®
When it’s time to wash and dry your car after a hail storm, you deserve to use the best drying towel on the market. The Absorber® is our super-absorbent, quick-dry towel with a sponge-like pore structure that absorbs 50% more water on contact than competing products. Shop The Absorber® today.
Whether you just bought a new car or want to give your classic car a little TLC, a great way to protect your investment is to maintain the quality of the leather seats. New car leather protection is such a simple yet important step to take as a car owner. It will keepyourcar’s leather seats looking as good as new for years to come. But then comes the question, How to maintain leather seats in a car?
Keep reading to learn about four simple steps you can take to extend the life and maintain leather car seats in a simple way.
Step 1: Block Sunlight
Direct sunlight is one of the biggest threats to leather car seats. Harmful UV rays cause premature fading and may create cracks throughout the leather. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this problem.
Check out two things you can do to protect your car’s leatherseatsfrom the damage that direct sunlight causes.
Take advantage of covered parking
Use protective sunshades
Step 2: Vacuum
Another tip for leather seat protection in your new car is to vacuum the seatsregularly.
This simple action will remove everything that hides in small crevices:
The best part about vacuumingyour car is that it won’tcost you adime. The next time you’re driving home from work, take a few minutes to stop by the car wash that’s on the way to run a vacuum over your seats.
Step 3: Apply a Gentle Cleanser
You should always clean your leather seats before conditioning them. Completing this step will remove any dirt and stains that the vacuum wasn’t able to pick up the first time around. Here are a couple of general reminders for cleaning leather seats properly.
Use a cleaner that’s designed specifically for leather seats
Use a soft thistle brush to gently rub in the cleaner
Step 4: Condition the Leather
When you’re done cleaning the seats thoroughly, let them air dry.Once they’re dry, grab a bottle of leatherconditioner, and apply an even layer to your carseats. Leather conditioner adds a protective coating that:
Locks in moisture
Prevents scratching, cracking, and fading
One of the best ways to maintain car leather seats is to condition them regularly. You don’t have to buy the most expensive option at the store, but investing in a quality product will help you avoid spending additional time and money to cover up a bad conditioning job. If you’re going to take the time to care for your car’s leather seats, you might as well do it right the first time.
Protect Your Leather Car Seats With CleanTools
With over 40 years of experience in the business, CleanTools - Auto knows how to keep your car’s leather seats in tip-top shape year-round. As a family-owned business, we’re committed to providing the exceptional product quality and customer service that you deserve. CleanTools is your go-to one-stop-shop for all your car cleaning needs.
If you have questions about any of our products or services, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help you protect the life of your car’s leather seats to allow for maximum enjoyment. Check out our online store!