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Smoke smell removal

Hey guys I recently bought a 2010 platinum crew max. I love the truck but the big issue is the previous owner was a smoker. I have removed the seats and shampooed the carpet and the headliner. Wiped off all the interior pieces and ran an ionizer over night. I was hoping someone could shed some light or give me a tip that will remove the smell. It is deff better but I can still smell it, especially after the truck has been parked for a while with the windows up. Any help is greatly appreciated!!


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Take up smoking, then you won't notice it as much.


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If your location permits, leave all the windows open a crack all the time. Keep cleaning out the interior as you have, but as a routine maintenance thing. In time it will clear out.

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Ok thanks. Is the ozone generator different from an ionizer? And I leave the windows open as often as I can but still it persists. Iím just going to keep cleaning it and hope it comes out of it.


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My wife bought her 2015 MKC used in 2015.
I noticed a hint of smoke smell when we test drove and she didn't.
I brought it up on that drive, then she did smell it, but figured we could get rid of it.
We cleaned (everything), shampooed, and sprayed Ozium all up in that car.
It helped a little.

https://www.amazon.com/Ozium-Air-San.../dp/B000CSWCAG


Being her car is garage kept, she left the windows down at night and we left a fan running into the car.
After about 3 weeks the smell subsided.
But if the car sat in the heat for an extended period of time, a hint of cigarette smoke lingered inside for 3 years until she traded it in on her SRX.

We tried an Ionizer and it didn't do sh!t.

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Change the cabin filter, if it has one, spray some Ozium on it.
The smoke is embedded in the carpet, seat foam rubber/leather, the headliner, the door panels, etc...

We found you can weaken the smell, but you'll never completely get rid of it...

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This is what you need.

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My wife bought her 2015 MKC used in 2015.
I noticed a hint of smoke smell when we test drove and she didn't.
I brought it up on that drive, then she did smell it, but figured we could get rid of it.
We cleaned (everything), shampooed, and sprayed Ozium all up in that car.
It helped a little.

https://www.amazon.com/Ozium-Air-San.../dp/B000CSWCAG


Being her car is garage kept, she left the windows down at night and we left a fan running into the car.
After about 3 weeks the smell subsided.
But if the car sat in the heat for an extended period of time, a hint of cigarette smoke lingered inside for 3 years until she traded it in on her SRX.

We tried an Ionizer and it didn't do sh!t.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Change the cabin filter, if it has one, spray some Ozium on it.
The smoke is embedded in the carpet, seat foam rubber/leather, the headliner, the door panels, etc...

We found you can weaken the smell, but you'll never completely get rid of it...
What this guy said. I used to smoke cigs in my two Tacoma's. The upside is, smoking in the trucks didn't hurt resale value. The smell will never come out though.

I have since quit the cigs. I didn't quit cigars though. Since the Tundra is vinyl everything (seat, floor), I can literally get all cigar smell out with a vacuum and wipe down of everything. Having power windows to roll down in the back help too. The SR and workman package is built for dirty workers who eat and smoke in the truck. Granted, I'm just an IT guy, but I'm a cigar smoking slob with a clean truck thanks to almost no cloth in the interior. Believe it or not, cigars are much more forgiving than cigs. Good cigars, mind you. None of this Phillies Blunt or Black 'n Mild nonsense. No chemicals. Just don't leave the cigar butts inside, ever, or run the AC on recirc.

Sorry for going on about * ME *. My point is, I don't think you can really ever get cig smoke out of an auto's cloth or carpet. Maybe those hangy tree thingies is in order, just to cover up the little amount of smoke smell you have. I use one from time to time in a pinch.


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Thanks guys. Iím not sure if itís cigs or cigars. I found plastic wrappers in the Console which leads me to believe it was cigars but Iím not sure. I think the only way to fix it would be to replace the carpet and head liner. But thatís huge money. So Iíll try what u guys said and see if anyone near me rents an ozone generator an go from there. Thanks for lol the replies and advice.


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Try mixing about 10 drops each of peppermint, grapefruit, and lemon essential oils in a small spray bottle with water. When you park your truck in the evening just spray anything that is fabric, carpet, seats, headliner......

The smell should gradually start to go away.

I also heard that putting a bowl of coffee grinds in the truck would absorb the odors over time, but I cannot vouch for that method as I have not tried it.

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Iíve heard of the coffe grinds too and will try that since itís easy enough. I have a bowl of baking soda out there right now and I sprinkled a carpet baking soda which you are supposed to sprinkle and let it sit for about 10-30 mine. I left it over night. Then vacuum. That had a scent to it and seems to have helped quite a bit. Iíll look Into the essential oils tho cuz my wife is interested in getting an oil diffuser anyways so maybe Iíll have start with this scents haha


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Also chiming in about the industrial grade ozone generators. They work. Most tool rental shops will have one. Just run it long enough to kill the bad smells and don't huff too much of the ozone yourself (just open the doors after you're done).
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why buy the vehicle if you sensed it smells of cigarette in the first place? i would have just moved on..
i'm assuming the price was substantially lower than a non-smoked in truck?


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for the leather and hard plastics use vinegar in a spray bottle , mixed with water and small amount of dawn soap.
Carpets will need baking soda and vacuumed , probably three or four times to get the smell gone.


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