Odors inside a car quickly become
overpowering. The confined area, intense heat and porous fabrics magnify
any kind of odor, and, once established, they can turn into chronic problems.
You'll get much better results
if you remove an odor rather than just cover it up. Tobacco smoke causes
the most complaints, but its odors are caused by living organisms that will
really put you to the test. It takes a strong disinfectant to eradicate
mold, algae, mildew and odors from urine, blood and spilled food.
Types of Odor Control Chemicals
Since odors are caused by
a variety of circumstances, there is a range of odor control chemicals
that address specific situations.
Search and Destroy
Locate the Source
food spills, as well as for urine smells, an ion-wave ultraviolet light
is almost indispensable. For other smells, your nose is still the best locating
Remove as Much of the Source
|Follow instructions on our carpet cleaning page for spot
cleaning. Vacuum, scrape dried deposits and clean spots thoroughly.|
|Urine spots will respond better
if you pre-treat with an acid rinse. This is because urine, although acid
when fresh, dries to an alkaline deposit. Neutralization with an acid pre-rinse
will help in removing most of the spot.
Treat the Residues
organic odors, an enzyme product will normally eliminate any remaining
contaminants. The exceptions are tobacco and mold.|
|Tobacco smoke is particularly difficult
to remove because smoke migrates into areas which cannot be cleaned without
disassembling the vehicle. For this reason, you need to be able to introduce
a product that will go where the tobacco smoke went.|
|Thermal fogging is the one method
devised that can place chemicals exactly where the smoke went. Thermal
fogging consists of pumping a chemical (usually based on highly purified
kerosene) through a fogging device. This produces a fog that is of much
the same consistency and particle size as tobacco smoke.|
|The fogging chemical also contains
an odor control component which will work on counteracting the tobacco
|For mold and mildew smells, you
will need to treat with a disinfectant product. Mold requires darkness,
stale air, moisture, a food source and a temperature range similar to that
in which humans are comfortable.|
|From this, you can judge that mold
and mildew will usually occur under damp carpeting and in air-conditioning
systems (during periods of non-use). You may need to lift the
carpeting to get at mold for treatment.|
There is nothing magic in odor
removal. By following the formula of locating the source, removing as much
as possible and treating the residue you can usually succeed.
No matter how much you clean, bacteria
and plant spores are totally resistant to detergents.
Finally you should carefully read
the label of any cleaner and protectant you use on the interior of the
car. You will be spending many hours inside with little or no ventilation.
Make sure all of the products are non-hazardous; they should be completely
safe for the automobile and the occupants.
Some substances may be fine for
outside the car but not for the inside. Talk to a detailer if you have
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