How to Get Smell Out of Car: Tips & Tricks

December 3rd, 2018 by

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What do you do when your car stinks after taking your pup to one of the dog-friendly restaurants in Seattle? Find out how to remove odor from your car here at Honda of Kirkland.

How to Remove Odor From Car

Find out how how to make your car smell good with this odor removal guide for a variety of different odor culprits. The first way to ensure that your car doesn’t smell is to avoid cigarette smoke or mold or mildew accumulation in your car in the first place.

Cigarette Smoke

  1. Remove ashes and butts from the ashtray.
  2. Scrub the upholstery with an abrasive brush.
  3. Use a high-powered vacuum on the upholstery and carpet.
  4. Use carpet shampoo on the carpets.
  5. Replace your old floor mats.

Mold or Mildew

  1. Find the mold or mildew source, looking under floor mats and using a flashlight.
  2. Put on a respirator mask.
  3. Use an abrasive mask and scrub the affected area with an abrasive brush and upholstery shampoo.
  4. Let the car air out by cracking the windows in the garage for a few days to remove any moisture inside the vehicle.
  5. If that doesn’t work, use a shop vac to suck out the moisture from the seats and carpet.

Stinky Pet & Other Random Smells

  1. Brush and vacuum the upholstery and carpet.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on the seats and carpet, and let it sit for a day.
  3. Vacuum the baking soda up the next day.

At the end of all these tasks, apply an air freshener to the vehicle to make the car smell good!

Why Does My Car Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

You may be confident that your vehicle smells not for the listed reasons but for a mechanical one. If your car smells like rotten eggs, your vehicle needs more than an interior clean. One mechanical culprit could be because hydrogen sulfide has been released by your fuel. This means your catalytic converter or fuel pressure regulator aren’t working properly and should be checked out by a trusted service center near Seattle.

Get More Honda Car Maintenance Tips Near Redmond

Honda of Kirkland is also here to help you out with other car care tips near Redmond, including how to clean leather car seats. If you’re looking for car accessories or parts, simply visit our Seattle-area parts department. And if you have any questions for us, you can always get in touch!

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