Do you ever go inside your car, and it always seems to have some kind of gross and disgusting smell that you cant quite locate the source of (and you know it isnt you)?
After a while, car interiors do have some strange odours, and it has to be said that although many motorists in the United Kingdom get their cars exterior washed on a regular basis, the interior doesnt always have the same level of care and attention to detail.
So if you miss that new car smell, or at least, a car that doesnt smell really gross, check out these awesome tips to help you get your car to having an odour-free scent, and as a bonus, smelling quite fresh and inviting (as fragrant as when you take freshly washed clothes out of your washing machine, for example)!
Declutter your car
When you are ready to begin, the first thing you need to do is remove any clutter inside of your car. This means getting rid of rubbish like empty sandwich and crisp packets, bottles, sweet wrappers and so on, as well as non-rubbish items like paperwork, CD jewel cases, hairbands (even if they are only on your gear lever) etc.
Vacuum the carpets and seats
The next step is to get your vacuum cleaner and spend some time thoroughly vacuuming your carpets and seats. Apart from making them look clean and tidy, you will often find that the cause of some car interior odours is from rotting food which has been dropped down the sides of the seats and forgotten about.
Make sure that you also vacuum underneath your seats, floor mats (remove these from the car for easier and quicker vacuuming) and inside of your boot too.
Use upholstery cleaner
You can buy some upholstery cleaner to clean any stains from your seats or carpet. These specialist cleaners are designed for specific purposes such as fabric, or vinyl and leather, so make sure that you buy and use the right one for your car.
A lot of these cleaners have a brush on top of them which you can use to work the foam into any stains in order to shift them easily. Follow the instructions on the can for the best results.
Wipe surfaces down
Using either some dashboard cleaner or some warm water and washing up liquid, and a suitable cotton cloth, wipe down the surfaces inside of your car to get rid of any sticky and smelly residue left from drinks or food.
Change your pollen filter
According to Gary at car dealers www.richardhardie.co.uk, pollen filters are sometimes forgotten about when it comes to servicing a car, and over time they build up with dirt and even mould in some severe cases!
Pollen filters only cost a few quid even from main dealers, and like with an engines air filter, they literally filter the air that enters the cabin. This is an important task to complete if you suffer from asthma or airborne allergies.
Get your air conditioning serviced
Finally, most cars have air conditioning as standard built into them. Get your cars air conditioning system fully serviced; such a service comprises of a leak test, followed by cleaning and the topping up of refrigerant gas.
This will make sure that your car doesnt have that nasty smelly socks odour when you turn off
your cars air conditioning (the smell is caused by bacteria).