How to Get Smoke Smell Out of a Car

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When purchasing a certified pre-owned Mazda model, you’ll be cruising through town with confidence that you have a quality model restored to factory condition. If you decide to purchase a used vehicle where the previous owner was a smoker, there’s a chance of a lingering cigarette odor. Of course, at Mazda of Jackson we take great pride in restoring all of our used vehicles to like-new condition. But if you’ve purchased a used vehicle from an independent seller and it has an unpleasant odor, check out our helpful guide from the Mazda of Jackson service team to learn how to get cigarette smell out of car upholstery and other surfaces.


How to Get Rid of Smoke Smell in a Car Air Filter and More

The first step to remove smoke smell from a car is to learn how to get rid of smoke smell in car air filters. This is easy as the air filter can be replaced with a brand new one. When it comes to getting the smell out of the interior, make sure to wash down the windows, dash, trim, windshield, and other surfaces like seats with the correct cleaners. For more details on how to clean your seats, read on.

How to Get Smoke Smell Out of a Car — Cloth Seats

To remove smoke smell from car cloth seats, you’ll need baking soda and a vacuum:

  1. Vacuum the upholstery and carpet thoroughly, being careful to get all the crevices and nooks.
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the cloth and carpeted surfaces to neutralize odor and get smoke smell out of car surfaces.
  3. Allow the baking soda to sit for a while, then vacuum it. If this doesn’t fully remove the smoke smell from car surfaces, repeat steps 2 – 3.
  4. Leave an open box of baking soda open in the car for several days to continue to absorb odors and get smoke smell out of car surfaces.

How to Get Smoke Smell Out of a Car — Leather Seats

To get smoke smell out of car leather seats, you’ll want to make sure you have the appropriate cleaner as to not cause damage to the leather upholstery. These are the steps to follow to carefully clean your leather interior:

  • Vacuum the creases to remove debris.
  • Use an appropriate leather cleaner but test it first on a small area.
  • Find a leather cleaning solution or make your own by mixing 2 parts water with 1 part vinegar.
  • Use a microfiber cloth or a soft-bristled brush to apply the cleaner.
  • Remember to condition the leather seats with a commercially available conditioner.

Once you clean the leather, combined with cleaning the carpet with baking soda as you would when you follow the steps to remove smoke smell from car cloth seats, you should no longer detect cigarette smell when you get in your car.

Contact the Mazda of Jackson Service Department for More!

If you still smell smoke when you step into your car, follow the steps above again or get in touch with our service department for more information on how to get cigarette smell out of car surfaces. If you find smoke coming out of the hood of your car, your car might be overheatingSchedule an appointment today to get professional help when looking for how to get rid of smoke where you don’t want it or learn how to sanitize your Mazda to protect yourself from germs and viruses like COVID-19. No matter what you need, we’re here to help. Contact us today with any questions about the Mazda6 safety ratings, how to clean car floor mats, our services, and more.

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