How to Remove Odors from Automobile Interiors

People spend a great deal of time travelling by car, whether it’s a quick trip to the supermarket for groceries, a daily commute to work, or a long road trip with friends or family. With so much time spent on the road, it’s only natural that many vehicles pick up an odor at some point.

While some odors dissipate quickly when the windows are down, others can permeate the car interior and require professional attention to remove.

Removing Smoke/Tobacco Odors from Automobiles

Basic Method:

  1. Using a quart (32 oz) trigger sprayer, lightly spray 1/2 ounce of OdorX TabacAttack Concentrate onto absorbent surfaces and into the heater/air conditioner exhaust ports.
  2. Using a portable extractor, clean all soft surfaces in the vehicle. For the best results, use the following recipe for your cleaning solution. 
    (NOTE:  Pay special attention to the headliner, as this can hold a lot of odor. Be careful not to overwet as this will loosen the adhesive.)
    1. Prespray with Matrix Grand Slam with Matrix Citrus Force ASD added as a booster. Follow label instructions for proper dilution.
    2. Extract with clean water mixed with 1-2 ounces of OdorX TabacAttack added.
  3. Clean all glass surfaces. If there is heavy tar residue on the windows, it may be necessary to use a cream-type window/glass cleaner.
  4. Clean dashboard/side panels.
  5. After cleaning, and with the car running, turn the air conditioner on recirculate the air.
  6. Using a thermal fogger and Thermo-55 TabacAttack, fog the interior of the car. Doors and windows should remained closed for 30-45 minutes after fogging.
  7. Ventilate the automobile prior to re-use.
  8. If after 24 hours there is still a slight residual odor, turn the car on with the air conditioner on recirculate.
  9. Place your ozone generator in car for 2-4 hours.
  10. After ozone treatment, let the car air out for 45 minutes.
  11. Using a trigger sprayer, lightly spray the interior with FreshWave IAQ Air and Surface Spray.

 

Removing Food Odors from Automobiles

Basic Method:

  1. Find the source of the odor. If  it is hard and crusty, use a bone spatula to break up.
  2. Apply Matrix Release undiluted. Tamp and blot with a spotting brush and spotting towels.
  3. Apply Matrix Spot Out undiluted. Tamp and blot with a spotting brush and spotting towels.
  4. Clean the automobile as normal. Pay special attention to areas under seats. 
  5. Be careful when wet cleaning a cloth headliner; too much moisture can loosen the glue that holds it to the roof.
  6. Apply PRS Biological Based Odor Control, ensuring areas stay wet for 1 hour.
  7. Speed dry using air movers.
  8. If after 24 hours there is still a slight residual odor, turn the car on with air conditioner on recirculate.
  9. Place your ozone generator in the car for 2-4 hours.
  10. After ozone treatment is complete, let the car air out for 45 minutes.
  11. Using a trigger sprayer, lightly spray the interior with FreshWave IAQ Air and Surface Spray.

NEW!  The Vaportek Restorator is ideal for removing smoke/tobacoo, food, biological and other odors from automobiles.
 

Light odor problems - run in closed treatment area for 15-30 minutes.

Severe odor problems - run for 2-3 hours or more, depending on how nasty the odor is.

 

When faced with particularly stubborn car odors, you can turn to Jon-Don for the products and processes that will deliver great results. From traditional odor-neutralizing chemistry to eco-friendly odor destroyers, Jon-Don has the products you need. Call us 1-800-400-9473!

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  1. Odorcide 210 Cigarette Smoke Concentrate

    Tobacco odors have met their match with Odorcide 210 Cigarette Smoke Concentrate. This odor neutralizer has been specifically formulated to destroy cigarette, cigar, and other tobacco-related odors.

    • Specifically formulated to destroy tobacco-related odors
    • Permanent odor counteraction; no dwell time
    • pH: 6.6
    • Compatible with detergents, antimicrobials, and other cleaning/disinfecting products
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at: $13.90

  2. Fresh Wave IAQ Air & Surface Spray

    For rapid, targeted odor control, turn to Fresh Wave IAQ Air and Surface Spray. It instantly bonds to and eliminates odor molecules in the air and those that have penetrated and/or are resting on fabrics and surfaces.

    • Simply spray affected areas for near-instant odor removal
    • Removes organic and inorganic odors
    • pH: 6.4
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet and wool
    • Ready to use

    Starting at: $10.49

  3. Vaportek Restorator

    The Restorator uses Vaportek's patented essential oil canisters to release non-toxic, odor neutralizing, dry vapor into the air. The penetrating vapor ELIMINATES odors and is completely safe to use around building occupants. Plus, it's portable and easy to use!

    • Handles up to 20,000 cubic feet
    • Penetrating vapor quickly eliminates odors
    • Cartridges provide up to 270 hours of use
    • Completely safe; uses essential oils
    • Will not harm fabric, rubber, or electrical components
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  4. Vaportek Restorator DUO

    The Restorator DUO is a battery-powered odor-neutralizing system that uses Vaportek’s patented spill-proof, non-toxic essential oil membranes to treat tough odors. Once fully charged, the battery lasts an impressive 18+ hours! No ozone. No hydroxyl. Just powerful, safe odor elimination. Cartridge not included.

    • Eliminates odors
    • Ultra portable; battery operated
    • Ozone- and hydroxyl-free
    • Treats up to 20,000 cubic feet
    • Holds same replaceable cartridges as The Restorator®
    $391.68
  5. Matrix® Grand Slam SC® TLC / Pre-Spray

    Matrix Grand Slam TLC is an incredible pre-spray that will help you get a better clean in less time. Plus, due to its unique chemistry, it won't clog up your jets, and it even improves dry times all for less than a penny per square foot!

    • Three times more cleaning power than other pre-sprays
    • Great pre-spray for commercial and residential carpet
    • pH: 9.5–9.8
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpets
    • Dilute 4 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at: $31.64

  6. Trigger Sprayer Heavy-Duty

    This high volume, 1.0 cc per stroke, heavy-duty trigger sprayer fits most standard spray bottles with a 28/400 neck. It comes with a 9-1/4-inch dip tube fitted with a filter screen to keep impurities from entering the trigger chamber.

    • 1.0 cc per stroke high-volume output
    • Fits most trigger spray bottles
    • Adjustable spray pattern
    • Leakproof venting
    • Filters out impurities from trigger

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