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Unread 05-28-2013, 01:33 PM   #16
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Unread 06-02-2013, 07:20 AM   #17
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Buy a product called ozium its great stuff. Hardware stores or auto parts stores will have it
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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:02 PM   #18
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Citrus Magic solid air fresheners are awesome for this. They have them at WMT in the auto set.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #19
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Wipe all the surfaces down with the vinegar and water solution. Clean any fabric surfaces with a fabric cleaner. Throw a couple a bags of kitty litter with chlorophyll all over the inside of your Jeep. It absorbs odors real well.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #20
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Dryer sheets. Cheap and effective. Just stick one under the seat and one in the ash tray. I had a f-150 that had a bad smoke smell when I bought it. Used the dryer sheets, a month later a friend of mine who is very sensitive to cig smoke rode with me and never even noticed. I told him later that day and he was surprised.
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Unread 07-29-2013, 05:25 PM   #21
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1. Make sure the ash tray is empty.
2. Change your air filter.
3. Pickup some BG Frigi Fresh, cleans your HVAC system and should really help with residual odor in the duct work.
4. Water/vinegar mixture like others have said, but don't just hit the upholstery, the smell will stick to plastic and the glass too.
5. If it's still bad dump baking soda all over the carpet and seat and leave it there for a few hours then vacuum it out.

That should do the trick in most cases, but if it's really bad you can always do an ozone shock treatment. You can usually rent an ozone generator for about $75 a day. You basically hook dryer hose to it and run it in a window and then seal the rest of the window and it pumps ozone into the car and literally destroys what creates odor.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 09:20 AM   #22
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Definitely pull the interior panels and clean the backs. That, and replacing the headliner and carpet, are what finally killed that funk in my '71 Charger.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 10:58 AM   #23
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IMO, you are wasting your time with ozone and smell good stuff. Baking soda works but takes a long time and multiple treatments but it is really inexpensive. If you can be without your rig for a week, the absolute best way to rid your car of smells is a pressure washer. Pull the seats and carpet, unplug the battery and spray degreaser on everything and blast away. I mean everything, dash, roll bar pads, inside of the top, under the dash, ect. You will not hurt it. Take the seats and carpet and lay them out or stand them up and degrease and blast them too. And I mean blast like you are cleaning your driveway. Back and forth motions with overlaping strokes like you are painting. You will be amazed/disgusted with the colors that will run out of the bottom of your seats and carpet. Place in sun for a few days and re-install. Will smell like new. You can chase under the dash with a wd40 type product if you want to help rid the moisture and relubricate some of the moving parts you just degreased. When dry, wipe entire interior with some plastic/rubber stuff to replenish the surfaces you just stripped. Also, do not leave degreaser on plastic surfaces for long as you could remove some color (and armorall won't bring it back) I do it all the time. Good luck.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 12:27 PM   #24
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My detailer grandson said use a degreaser, such as Simple Green,full strength in a spray bottle. Brush it in, spray extra plain water and shop vac up the whole mess. As much as you can, everywhere. Even under the dash, inside the ducts if possible. I used this process in a car where the P.O. (daughter in law) smoked with the windows up and let the butts pile up in the ashtray. The smell was all gone.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 02:16 PM   #25
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I'm shocked it all worked out. Lots of good suggestions. Thanks.

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Unread 07-30-2013, 03:58 PM   #26
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I've heard that you should also remove the dash panels and clean the backs and underneath them. That stink has worked its way into every nook, cranny and seam in the Jeep and until you get it all the smell will remain. Best of luck.
This !!

I bought my dad's Ranger a few years back and it was impossible to get it all out with any traditional cleaning... it was terrible, named the truck "stink-azz".

The stink was in the vents/dash/ everywhere !!


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Unread 07-31-2013, 09:44 AM   #27
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It will likely depend upon the sensitivity of your nose. For me, it is nearly impossible to get all of the smoking smell/ residue out of the upholstery foam and I have sold several vehicles because of that. They smelled OK at the time of purchase (even the corrosion of the ashtray was hidden), but over time the smell lingered and seeped out. The professionals use an ozonator, but the ozone also oxidizes all of the plastic/rubber in the car and shortens the life of those affected parts.

It is easy to mask the odor in the short run, but eliminating it for the long haul ...well, that is up to your nose. Every time the vehicle gets out in the sun or otherwise heated up ... or the A/C ... well, you get the idea. gaak
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Unread 07-31-2013, 10:32 AM   #28
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It will likely depend upon the sensitivity of your nose. For me, it is nearly impossible to get all of the smoking smell/ residue out of the upholstery foam and I have sold several vehicles because of that. They smelled OK at the time of purchase (even the corrosion of the ashtray was hidden), but over time the smell lingered and seeped out. The professionals use an ozonator, but the ozone also oxidizes all of the plastic/rubber in the car and shortens the life of those affected parts.

It is easy to mask the odor in the short run, but eliminating it for the long haul ...well, that is up to your nose. Every time the vehicle gets out in the sun or otherwise heated up ... or the A/C ... well, you get the idea. gaak
But I am telling you guys, run enough water and degreaser or really strong soap through the upholstery, foam, brackets, carpet, backing, ect, and it goes away FOREVER. It is not masked it is gone. Clean reboot. There is no other way to rid all the different materials of something that has essentially been fog bombed and allowed to settle on the inside of a car. You have to run gallons upon gallons of soap and water through it and then it is truly clean.

And when done (and completely dry<---**very important**) even on the hottest day with a closed up car there will be no smell. And if you are sensitive like me, you will be amazed what other smells you can discern once the over powering old smokey hotel room smell is gone. You can pick up mechanicy smells or new water leak smells almost immediately when there is nothing blocking your senses.

Sounds crazy, but I promise it works.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 10:39 AM   #29
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As I said, it depends upon your nose. The nose Knows ... no argument. YMMV; at 65 years old, I have tried everything and I mean everything to get rid of smoking residue. No offense intended, but you cannot eliminate deeply imbedded residue from anything by soap and water alone. Solvents, yes; but not soap and water. The solvents cause their own problems just as does ozone. Forever is a long time!
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Unread 07-31-2013, 11:42 AM   #30
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When I bought my XJ, the inside smelled like an ashtray. Really, really nasty. And I didn't have the option of pressure-washing the cloth interior. So here's what I did...

Vacuumed everything I could get to. Really well. The more particulate stuff you can suck out of the upholstery, the better.

Turned on the vents full blast and used compressed air to "loosen stuff up" inside the ductwork.

Used liberal amounts of Fabreze on everything.

And most important - parked it in a garage with the two (hey, it's a two-door) windows down, with a big box fan blowing into one window. I left it that way for days on end, and every time I parked it. Just moving cubic miles of fresh air through the interior will do wonders for the smell.
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