Smelly Car? Get Rid of Terrible Smells With These Tips!
Do friends avoid riding in your vehicle? Do people roll their windows up when you pull next to them? Is your garage confused for a Limburger cheese factory? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you most likely have wondered, “Why does my car stink, and how can I fix it?” We don’t want you to have to deal with a smelly vehicle, which is why we have come up with some tips and tricks to keep your car smelling fresh and clean!
Follow These Tips to a Fresh Smelling Future
- Clean your car – This may sound trivial, but it can make a huge difference. Make sure you clean every nook and cranny of your vehicle, because you never know what you might find. You may find the source of your car’s less than pleasant smell in some small space you didn’t even know existed. Be sure to clean under your driver and passenger seats too, because that is a notorious place for smelly objects to hide.
- Wash and vacuum your interior – Sometimes smells have worked their way into the very fabric of your interior. Now is the time to break out the big guns. Remove all of the interior mats to vacuum and wash them. Depending on what your seats are made out of, you may have different options for how to clean them. Using a mobile carpet cleaner can make a great difference.
- Baking soda or charcoal – These two substances have amazing properties that help suck up any undesired smell. If you spilled a smelly item on your carpet, sprinkle some baking soda on it and let it sit for several hours. After the baking soda has set, vacuum it up and hopefully the smell will be gone. You can also put some charcoal inside your car and leave it for several days. The charcoal will pick up any terrible smell floating around.
- Take it to a professional – Hopefully it does not come to this; however, these pros have the expertise and the right chemicals to track down and eliminate any unwanted smells.
If you ever smell anything volatile, like gasoline, take your car to a repair shop immediately. You should never smell gas in the interior of your vehicle, and if you do, it likely means that there is a leak. We hope that these tips work for you!
July 19, 2012 by Jamie Rettig