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Cleaning the Interior

Post by 230Easy » Wed 23 Nov, 2005 11:11 am

Recently purchased a 230E which is great except for cigarette smells. What's the best way of removing cigarette smell from the car interior?

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Post by HansKruger » Wed 23 Nov, 2005 6:08 pm

Firstly try leaving al the windows down outside for the day, if that dosen't work, try driving it around for an hour with them all down.

Pet stores or cleaning shops should sell stuff to remove nasty odors.

Assume it's MB Tex, want to double check they are safe on this.

May also want to ditch the floor mats, get some new ones and give the carpet underneath a good clean with a quality carpet cleaner.

Hang a few air freshners inside your MB and you should be in business.

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Post by O319-coach » Wed 23 Nov, 2005 7:28 pm

Depends how bad it is. I have had cars we traded that i have wound up putting another interior into. Ciggarrette smoke gets into everything and is very hard to remove.

Hanss idea about windows down and outside in the sun does work to some extent but needs more than just a few days.
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Post by bruceT » Wed 23 Nov, 2005 8:47 pm

Not long ago, somebody turned off our big freezer in the garage by mistake. It was 2 weeks before this was discovered. Words can't describe the odour that greeted me when I opened the door........

After the mess was cleaned out, (believe me, meat is 99% liquid) we were considering throwing the freezer onto the tip because the smell would not dissipate. But a few bags of silicon gel cat litter placed in trays absorbed all the odours within a week and the freezer was as good as new.

Worth a try.
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Post by OzBenzHead » Wed 23 Nov, 2005 9:30 pm

bruceT wrote:... a few bags of silicon gel cat litter placed in trays absorbed all the odours within a week ...
So cats do - if indirectly - have a use after all! :wink:
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Post by 76Benz » Wed 23 Nov, 2005 11:16 pm

They did this on Mythbusters not long ago except they were experimenting with dead person smells. They used a couple of pig carcases instead and left them there for 6 months.

At the end of that they tried everything to get rid of the smell but to no avail. They ended up stripping the entire car and selling the body and engine to some enthusiast. The problem was that the odour had got in everywhere including th ventilation system.

Doubt your problem would be that bad. Nilodour used to work OK ion a house when I lived with a smoker

Seinfeld also had a similar episode with BO, think they trashed the car as well.

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Post by 230Easy » Thu 24 Nov, 2005 8:54 am

Thanks guys it's not as bad as rotting corpses! However I think it need a little more than windows down - I've vacumed the interior and cleaned the carpets etc and although it's much better there is still some resudual smell. Kitty itter sounds good.

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Post by 420 SE » Thu 24 Nov, 2005 4:04 pm

My brother in law is a car dealer - they put fresh coffee beans in a dish under the seats for a few days, and it works!

My car came from Hong Kong with 17 years off smoking smell in it. I put fresh, unused coffee beans in for admittedly a couple of weeks - but it did the trick.

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Re: Cleaning the Interior

Post by thepast123 » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 8:14 pm

Hello,

I just recently cleaned mine using my household Bissel Heated Carpet Cleaner, using the standard bissel carpet cleaning solution. My carpet clean has a hand attachment and I used that throughout the inside. It got rid of the majority of the dirt and mildew and I'm very happy with the appearance now.
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Re: Cleaning the Interior

Post by Ivanerrol » Tue 24 Oct, 2017 12:37 am

thepast123 wrote:
Mon 23 Oct, 2017 8:14 pm
Hello,


I just recently cleaned mine using my household Bissel Heated Carpet Cleaner, using the standard bissel carpet cleaning solution. My carpet clean has a hand attachment and I used that throughout the inside. It got rid of the majority of the dirt and mildew and I'm very happy with the appearance now.
Modern appliances have come to the fore.
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Re: Cleaning the Interior

Post by edenning » Tue 24 Oct, 2017 8:28 am

Not sure what year your car is, but if it's got a cabin filter I would be thinking about replacing that as well.

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