Foul odors have a way of spoiling the experience of driving anywhere, especially if you’ve got a long daily commute or a road trip planned. Cigar and cigarette smoke are particularly stubborn and difficult smells to remove. You can hang a car air freshener, but for a lot of unpleasant smells, that just doesn’t cut it.
Common Vehicle Odors
To get rid of the smells that bug you, it’s important to first identify what’s causing the problem. Sure, you can get rid of the odor, but it’ll only return if the causes aren’t addressed. Here are the things that cause the worst smells in our experience:
We realize this sounds weird, but there are times when your vehicle engine has a problem that creates a smell. More often than not, this is the result of a leak that can cause a burning or oil smell.
Obviously, if you smell something like this, it’s important to take your vehicle to a mechanic and have it checked out as soon as possible before the problem becomes a much bigger issue.
Kids and Pets
Kids and pets are frequent culprits for car odors. Many car detailing professionals will tell you the issues that your children are capable of causing a plethora of car odors, including but never limited to dropping food that spoils, bathroom accidents, and spilled juice.
Pets are no strangers to creating a foul vehicle environment. Trips to local parks and lakes, the vet, drool, and wet dogs wreak havoc on the way your car smells. Pet odors are some of the most common issues we encounter in the auto detailing business. There are few things more distinct than that wet dog smell.
Cigarette & Cigar Odors
It’s no secret that one of the most common vehicle odors people complain about is smoke odor. It really is amazing how that smoke smell can become pervasive and really be tough to address.
Do it yourself carpet cleaners and odor eliminators often fail to deal with this problem. That’s where a professional car detailing company can help the most.
Mildew is a significant contributor to car odors, especially if you live in a moist or humid region. The good news is that our mobile detailing services can easily remove mildew from your car, no matter where it’s settled itself.
Mold and mildew love to hide, so we’ll pull up floor mats and check the usual spaces for collected condensation, which is likely the culprit of your untraceable mildew smell.
There is always the chance that your mildew problem and smell could come from a fluid leak in your vehicle. In that case, our detailers will investigate and eliminate the source of the leak. Either way, we’ll help you get rid of that moldy, musty smell.
Air Conditioner Odors
Many noticeable car odors come from the air conditioning system and vents. If you think this is the case, open the hood and locate your air filter. Our mobile detailing team can quickly help you with this.
There could be mold growing in your system, and you’ll want a professional to clean it. They’ll be sure to implement the correct cleaning agents and methods.
Where Odors Hide in Your Vehicle
Vehicle odors can settle anywhere, from under the seats and floor mats to the heating vents and upholstery. They can often be challenging to locate, so it’s always best to call in a professional if you can’t seem to get the best of an indiscernible odor in your car.
Odors love fabric, and you’ll likely find that a thorough cleaning from a mobile detailing company will get the job done. You might try it yourself, but there are many do’s and don’ts that come with cleaning the interior of your car.
Removing Vehicle Odors: Do’s and Don’ts
When choosing to deep clean your car yourself, the last thing you want to do is use the wrong cleaner and ruin your car’s interior. Let’s talk about what to do (and what not to do) when you tackle car disinfecting independently.
Odor Removal Don’ts
Removing stubborn car odors without professional help means never employing the use of household cleaners or soaps. These products are far too harsh and not made to clean the interior of a vehicle, which means they can leave streaks and marks that may be impossible to remove.
Cover-ups, such as Febreze, air fresheners, and baking soda, are a short-term fix to a long-term problem. You won’t kill the source of the order this way, so it’s best to skip them.
Finally, stay off Pinterest and other DIY outlets that offer car odor removal ideas. Visit reputable odor removal websites, or call your local professional for advice.
Odor Removal Do’s
While your best bet is to call your local auto detailing business, you can begin the odor removal from your car using hot water and a bottle of stain and odor remover meant explicitly for vehicles. If you plan to clean your carpets, be sure to steam clean your carpets, but be careful not to overdo the shampoo. That can be problematic and lead to other unwanted odors.
When eliminating odors, it’s really best to take an investigative approach and spot clean the areas where the problem seems to be rather than take a blanket approach.
Employing U.S. Auto Spa for Your Odor Removal Needs
The benefits of removing odors from your vehicle are obvious, starting with a much more pleasant ride for you and your passengers. At U.S. Auto Spa, we’ve been removing odors from cars for more than 20 years.
We offer our loyal clientele paint correction and ceramic coating as well. Call us today and fall in love with your car again.