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3 Steps To Get Smoke Smell Out of Your Car

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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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