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For the car windows inside and out, I use dawn dish soap and water. It even takes the yellowing from the smoke out. For the interior, I dust everything first. Then in a spray bottle filled with water, put in a squirt of dawn dish soap. Put top on bottle and shake it up. Spray on interior and scrub with a scrub brush lightly.
When done, set an open bowl of vinegar on the floor. (Remove one half hour before driving). The car will look and smell nice.
Years ago, when I was taking my girl to the drive-in movie in my dad's car, we stopped and picked up a hop-toad that was in the road. During the movie, we let him hop around on the dashboard, but he fell down the defroster vents into the heater. After the movie, we stopped for help at a gas station, but the attendant just laughed and asked, "Can't you two think of anything better to do at the drive-in than play with a toad?" When my dad turned on the heater the next morning on his way to work, the toad dried out and stank something awful. It was so bad, you couldn't smell cigarette smoke or anything else in that car for a real long time! (True story)
As an experienced auto detailer Here are a few recommendations that from years of experience work very well.
Windows are best cleaned with a spray bottle of water and detailers clay available at most car part stores after cleaning with clay regular glass cleaner and a surgical towel will make it look like new inside. This also works on the outside of the windshield as well and removes the pollutants that fall on the car.
As for cloth seats and carpeting, steam extraction with some value guard odor terminator mixed in will do the job. After that their are products that are similar to cat litter but are odor removers that wil make the car smell like new with out adding any scents. Left in a tray in the car overnite the do a good job. An Air ionizer also work well. Hope this help.
I use a friends car for approximately three weeks. I cleaned the car before he came and a week later, he stated, I had to have the car cleaned do to the smoke in the car. I only used the car three days a week, I am not a chain smoker and at all. I was very careful. Now he wants me to pay for detailing and etc. of 120.00. What do you think?
I am a former smoker (20 years now - yea me), but my husband still smokes - blah! He does so only in the basement which isn't good because it eventually circulates when the furnace kicks on. There are some smoker's candles on the market that do a really good job of getting rid of the odor. You might want to try them. I order from the Coachlight Candle Factory - Smoke Out/Odor Out candles. Of course, you wouldn't want to leave unattended. There may be a better way, but these do work very well.
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