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cigarette smoke removal

as stated in an earlier post, My old reliable 98 was a victim of a 16 year old text messaging and was declared totaled in the five car melee. Had that truck just right for me but found a great 2002 that i picked up for a nice price. One of the things that need addressed is it was a SMOKED IN vehicle. The previous owner used some sort of air freshner that is just as bad as smoke.
Anyone know the best way to remove this?
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The best way is to find a detail shop with an ozone machine. They let it sit overnight and it's better by morning. When I was smoking I always kept the windows atleast cracked and no one could smell anything so cracking the windows 24/7 would help too. It's in the fabric of the interior so a good detail would make a noticable difference, just depends on how bad it is.
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^^What she said.



If it's still there....me personally......i'd replace the carpet, upgrade to bucket seats, and possibly replace the headliner.
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those car ionic breezes worked for my truck.. so does driving with the windows down alot..
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What I did to get the ' natural element ' stench from my truck ( lotsa resin folks )..

Took out all the plastic trim, rubber flooring and headliner.

Powerwashed the plastic trim AFTER letting some ' simple green ' soak on them.

I sprayed down the headliner with warm water mixes with some lemon juice and Armor&Hammer detergent.

If it took the reefer smell out, I'm quite sure it will fix cig-smoke stench.
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I cut up a couple of oranges and let them sit inside the vehicle with the windows rolled up on a hot day. The heat makes the citrus absorb the odor, your truck might smell like an orange for a couple of days, but its better than smoke IMO. Besides roll down the windows and the smell will clear right out with a cruise or two.
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My truck was a smoker truck too. Just give it time and the smell will go away. After about a year the smell was gone.
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When I bought my truck I knew a smoker previously owned it. I looked in the ash tray and it was full of butts. I pointed it out to the lot manager that if they are trying to sell a truck they should at least empty the ash tray.

He was so embarrassed that they shampooed the whole thing. I didn't pay for the service, but it did work very well to remove the smell. Maybe there is some sort of upholstry cleaner you can try. Don't they have a foam you spray on and vaccum off?
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Rent a carpet extractor if you're going to shampoo... atleast dedicate some time and effort, no quick fix
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i used my parents green machine to steam clean the headliner when i got my truck, wasn't so much a smell as it was dirty tho, came clean except for a cig burn
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Fabreeze and maybe 15 minutes. It doesn't stain anything I have put it on yet but do a test first. I have used it on vinyl, leather, painted surfaces, cloth seats.
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some good stuff. What i did was shampoo the entire interior by hand with a soft brush and a mixture of water/carpet cleaning solution that i use on my carpets in my house
spent hours hand scrubbing then used towels to wipe/dry it

Looks great and smells even better. As a last task, i let the inside have a good coat of Febreeze and let it set for a few hours with the windows up.

NO SMOKE and it looks great.
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What I did to get the ' natural element ' stench from my truck ( lotsa resin folks )..

Took out all the plastic trim, rubber flooring and headliner.

Powerwashed the plastic trim AFTER letting some ' simple green ' soak on them.

I sprayed down the headliner with warm water mixes with some lemon juice and Armor&Hammer detergent.

If it took the reefer smell out, I'm quite sure it will fix cig-smoke stench.
HAHAHAHAHA mine is the same way
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