How To Get Rid Of Smoke Smell In Car

Wednesday 30th August 2023

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A cigarette smoke odour in your car can be unpleasant for passengers, dangerous for your health, and even lower the vehicle’s value by £2000. Unfortunately, removing the stubborn smell is very difficult and will require professional help.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we offer fast, effective cigarette smoke odour removal services. Our odour removal specialists will use non-abrasive, non-toxic chemicals to get rid of the smell and restore your car’s value. We operate nationwide, 365 days a year, including bank holidays.

Read on to find out how to remove the car smoke smell and why it’s so harmful.

What causes a cigarette smoke smell in a car?

When you smoke tobacco, all the pollutants from the cigarette settle on the surfaces around you. These pollutants stick to hard surfaces and sink into soft ones, like upholstery and carpets, and linger long after the cigarette was smoked.

Known as thirdhand smoke, it leaves behind a stubborn, smoky odour. To get rid of the smell, you need to remove all the particles, including those that are deep in soft surfaces, or the nooks and crannies of your dashboard.

The car’s air conditioning unit may have absorbed the tobacco smell, too, and could just be recirculating the smell back into your car every time you use it.

The dangers of a smoke odour in your car

When the pollutants in thirdhand smoke age, their chemical structure changes, and they can become carcinogenic compounds.

When you are exposed to the harmful chemicals or the dangerous gases it can release, you are at risk of serious health problems including lung cancer and asthma.

Young children are especially vulnerable to thirdhand smoke as they are more likely to put their hands in their mouth after touching a contaminated surface.

Thirdhand smoke in a car is particularly dangerous as you will be in closer contact with contaminated surfaces, and could touch and inhale the pollutants and gases. Depending on how often you drive your car, you may also be exposed for long periods of time regularly.

How to get the smoke smell out of your car

Ventilating your car and wiping down the surfaces will not get rid of the thirdhand smoke pollutants on the hard surfaces and inside the soft surfaces. A far more thorough clean is required to remove tough odours.

Although there are cleaning methods recommended online, these can be long-winded, difficult processes that might not deliver results.

Some claim you should sprinkle surfaces with baking soda to absorb the odour and then vacuum it off, for example, but you may need to repeat this process several times.

Deep cleaning all the affected areas, like under the seats, is also very challenging with household cleaning tools. Specialist equipment is required to remove the pollutants that have settled into your upholstery. Without it, pollutants will get left behind and the odour will continue to persist.

Some surfaces can get damaged by the deep cleaning recommended online, as well. Leather, for instance, must be cleaned using gentle and specific products or it could get damaged. You will then need to finish the cleaning process by deodorising the car which will require a specialist product.

Bring in odour neutralisation professionals

Cleaners will have the equipment and products needed to remove the smoke smell from your car and home, including from delicate surfaces.

If you smoke in your car, it’s likely you will smoke in your home which can cause thirdhand smoke there, too. Our technicians provide both cigarette odour removal services and vehicle odour neutralisation services, and have years of experience eliminating the most stubborn smells.

They can deep clean all hard-to-reach areas, like beneath seats in a car or on the ceilings in your home, too, and give you peace of mind that all the harmful pollutants have been removed.

Odour removal experts can clean away any nicotine and tar stains that coat the surfaces, as well, with a gentle but effective odour neutralisation foam.

Get in touch today

Our fully trained technicians will follow a rigorous six stage odour removal process to restore your property to a clean, fresh-smelling space quickly. They have been accredited by a range of organisations including BICSc, SafeContractor, and IOSH.

To find out more about our cigarette smoke odour removal and vehicle odour neutralisation services, and get a free, no-obligation quote, contact our team on 0208 066 0360 or at enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk.

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