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  • Mon - Thu9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SunClosed
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  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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How to Remove the Smell of Smoke from Your Car’s Upholstery


Choosing to buy used can help you find an excellent deal on your next car. However, if you choose to buy from a private seller, you might need to learn how to get smoke smell out of a car before you can really start to enjoy your purchase! Don’t let your distaste for cigarette smoke hold you back. With the Motorwerks BMW service team on your side, it only takes a couple minutes to learn how to remove smoke smell from a car.

How to Remove the Smoke Smell from Carpet and Upholstery

There may not be a one-size-fits-all way to get smoke smell out of a car, but as long as you know what kind of material you’re cleaning, a few simple steps can make an enormous improvement:

  1. Vacuum your car’s upholstery and carpet. Use an attachment that lets you get in the crevices in between the seats, or the results won’t be satisfying.
  2. Now you’ll want to sprinkle baking soda all over the interior materials you’ve just vacuumed. Baking soda is an odor neutralizer that captures undesirable smells.
  3. Bring your vacuum back out and vacuum up the baking soda; most of the cigarette smell should be lifted up along with it!

If you still haven’t achieved your desired results, you can start the process over. You can also leave a small amount of baking soda in the interior to remove smoke smell from the car while you drive.

How to Remove the Smoke Smell From Leather and Trim

Leather and trim (the hard or soft materials that cover other surfaces in your cabin) require a different approach. The best way to approach these surfaces is with an approved cleaning product designed for the material you’re cleaning! Check your owner’s manual, and drive in from St Paul or Minneapolis to find what you need at our parts department. Repeatedly going over an area with leather cleaner can eliminate many smells, but you’ll want to condition the area to avoid wearing out the material prematurely. Leaving a small amount of baking soda in the interior can be helpful here too.

What About Other Areas in Your Car?

Even if you know how to get smoke smell out of a car’s upholstery and trim, you might not be able to eliminate the scent entirely. If you’re not prepared to be thorough, learning how to get cigarette smell out of a car can be a frustrating, seemingly-endless experience.  The smell of cigarette smoke can get trapped in just about anything, from your windshields to your cabin air filter! Make sure to wipe down all surfaces, including your infotainment controls, windows, and cargo area, if you want to get the job done right.

Find Your Perfect Vehicle at Motorwerks BMW

If you have Motorwerks BMW in your corner, there’s nothing you can’t do! Although we’re happy to provide DIY car care tips to our Richfield-area neighbors, you should also know that it’s easy to find a truly satisfying used car at Motorwerks BMW. For the best of the best, explore our certified pre-owned selection today.

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