Smoke damage to a car is not fun, especially if you’re trying to sell the vehicle. We know we’ve been there and done that.
The good news is that we can offer you some advice on how to clean up that smoke damage in your car. But it’s not going to be easy.
A video about cleaning a smoke damaged car…
My Way – Let’s Start
After you have been cleared to get back into the car, you might need to replace certain things. If something was destroyed due to fire or smoke, then you need to handle getting that replaced first.
Many components will not get replaced by insurance companies, but make sure you ask before you give up.
What you want to do is remove anything like floor mats and anything that’s not bolted down. Take all these out so that we can clean them.
Floor mats can be vacuumed and shampooed, make sure you get both sides of the mat.
This is also an excellent time to go through your car and remove anything you don’t need to be hauling around.
Vacuum It Out
The next step is to take a vacuum and go to town. Leave no part of the car’s interior unturned with the vacuum.
Vacuum the floor and the ceiling.
Vacuum all the vents and under the seats too. If you can, it would be best also to shampoo the carpet in your car. The carpet and the headliner is the place where most of the smoke smell will hide.
Here is a little trick I bet you didn’t know about. There is this thing called Pink Miracle (***ad). Its generally used for Shoes, but they also say you can use it for cleaning fabric interiors of cars.
You’ll need a scrub brush to get this stuff to work. Just wet the brush with water and apply a little bit of Pink Miracle to a small area to test it out, you got to make sure it’s safe on the material you’re using it on first.
For Hard Surfaces
For hard surfaces like the dashboard, I like to use some Simple Green and water. I do half water and half simple green in a spray bottle. Just grab yourself a rag and go to town with cleaning any hard surfaces with this.
Avoid Aluminum when it comes to simple green.
Another way is to use a steam cleaner to help clean hard surfaces. You got to be more careful as powerful steam can damage things like the radio. But when it comes, the soot that is left behind steam is very effective at removing it.