Car interiors can smell a bit funky at times. Things like stale air, moisture, odours emitted from the materials used inside the car, cigarette smoke etc. can all cause nasty, sticky smells inside the car. Bad odours coming from the car ventilation or air conditioner are somewhat harder to remove, but in this case a little bit goes a long way.
The materials you need for this task are:
-brush, vacuum cleaner, deodorising spray, paper towels, car freshener;
Step 1 – Cleaning out the car
Eradicate all sources of bad odours inside the car. Clean everything from top to bottom. Don’t skip any hard to reach spots as there may be bits and pieces of old food which also cause nasty smells. Clean out the coin holder, the ashtray, the glove box as well as any other storage compartments you have (including refrigerated ones). Clean thoroughly any stains on dashboards, floor etc. Paper scraps must be removed from the car too as they emit a stuffy odour when moist or wet.
Step 2 – Cleaning the actual interior
Brush large bits and pieces of rubbish and leftovers off seat covers, seats, dashboard, floor mats etc. Throw out all the garbage and move onto detailed vacuuming of all nooks and crannies. The more thorough you are the better. Sometimes chips, chewing gum, nuts and all sorts of smelly garbage are found in the most unusual of spots. Air out the car after you are done vacuuming.
Step 3 – Cleaning out the AC
The air conditioner vents or air vents usually accumulate some nasty smells. These are caused by a number of things, including worn air filters of the air conditioner. Open up the car’s bonnet and turn on the engine. Set the air conditioner or fans to full power and open up all vents for full ventilation. You may have a ‘fresh air’ button on your vehicle, if so press it and set the fans on full power.
Step 4 – Freshening up the AC (optional)
If you know your way around your vehicle’s engine bay, you will likely be able to locate the air conditioning cowl. The cowl vent in most vehicles is located on the passenger side, right under the windscreen. Remember it may be different on your car. Provided you found the cowl vent, spray some deodorant directly into it. Don’t overspray as it takes a couple of minutes for the deodorant to be fully circulated through the air condition system. Repeat the process again after five or so minutes if necessary.