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22Oct

Common Car Smells and How to Get Rid of Them

We know your car, whether for work or for pleasure, is a large part of your life. It carries you to the places you need to go, gives a source of weekend entertainment, or helps you get the things you need. As regularly as you may have the exterior cleaned and maybe even having the interior detailed, sometimes strange odors and smells pop up. Pitt Stop Auto Detail can help you discover what is causing these smells and help you get rid of them so your car is in perfect shape.

Find the Source

Sometimes the source may be obvious, food left in the car or under the seat can rot quickly, especially in warmer temperatures. Even spots in the upholstery where food was sitting may have soaked in too many oils from the food, causing a bad odor. Shoes, gym clothes, and mud tracked into your vehicle are also commons sources of smells. One of the worst culprits, milk left in a baby bottle or sippy cup happens all the time. There are also surprising sources of smells such as old Styrofoam cups, gunk left on the bottom of floor mats, or mildew from the car door liner. Look all over your car, including in the door and seat pockets, in the glove compartment, under the seats, and in the trunk.

Begin to Clean

You may be able to get rid of the odor just by removing the source. It may be a great time to go ahead and throw away any extra trash and take in any items that don’t belong in your car. Other odors may need to be cleaned with a damp rag or mild dish soap. Running a vacuum over the upholstery and into the seams of your seats can help remove crumbs, dust, and dirt. If a child or pet has had an accident in your car, try to clean it up as soon as possible. If you have any residual sickness, a “50/50 water and vinegar solution to rehydrate the spot and then remove it with a wet/dry vacuum” can neutralize that odor, according to Nationwide.

Pitt Stop Help

From there, we highly recommend calling in our team. We have the expertise to get any remaining crumbs and dust in every nook and cranny. We remember the spots you may forget and we have tools to help us reach those difficult corners. We also have steam cleaning to help sterilize the interior of your vehicle. If you are looking to get rid of cigarette smoke in your car, our team can get rid of those odors as well. Once your car smells clean and fresh, you can choose an air freshener or two from our store to make sure it continues to smell great for weeks to come.

If you need our assistance getting rid of those strange smells and odors in your car, truck, RV, or other vehicle, give us a call. You can leave your car with us or some of our services may be available for mobile service wherever you are. We will get your car, inside and outside, to perfect condition in no time.



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