Getting a new car can be a lot of fun. Even if you’re not a mechanic, or someone who really enjoys driving, a new car can add a surprising amount of fun and convenience to your life. Most of us just think about our cars as tools to get from one place to another. Cars today have become so much more than that! Depending on how far you commute to work and what sort of leisure activities you enjoy you may be surprised how quickly all that time in the car adds up. According to one study, the average person will spend more time in the car than they will spend eating during their lifetime! This study says that the average American will spend over 37,000 hours in a vehicle in their lifetime. For more statistics on how we use our time, check out that article about 7 things that consume our time.
All those hours can be frustrating, exciting, comfortable or stressful. In all reality, it will be some combination of all those emotions depending on where you’re going and how you get there. If a new car can add value or enjoyment to most of those hours then it may be an investment worth making! You’ve probably heard it said that buying a new car can be a waste of money due to the quick depreciation right off the showroom floor. In almost every case, that it absolutely true and buying a used car can be a great way to save money and still end up with a great ride.
Looking for a used car can be a complicated process, especially if you’re buying from a private party. You again can save a lot of money going this route, just make sure you’ve got a friend who knows a thing or two about cars to come with you and make sure you’re getting a good car. One of the things that can make just about anyone shy away from buying a used car is if it hasn’t been well kept. Of course, there is the regular maintenance that should be done to keep your car running well, but if you’re buying a new car you don’t want the interior to be a mess. One of the things that can turn you off from buying a used car quickly is if it has been smoked in. In this article, we will help you learn how to get smoke smell out of a car so that you can get a great deal on the car you want and be able to drive in comfort.
Cigarette smoke is one of the more difficult smells to remove because of the chemicals in cigarettes and because of the way it enters the air. A burning cigarette will allow all of the tar and toxins in the cigarette to become air born in the smoke. These chemicals will then settle onto whatever surface they happen to come upon and can travel even into the smallest of places. In your car, this includes the seats, air vents and even the equipment hidden behind your dashboard.
We’ve learned a few tricks that can really help quickly remove smoke smell from your vehicle. The first is quick, simple and doesn’t have any risk of damaging or staining anything in your vehicle. Dryer sheets are designed to help not only soften fabrics but absorb the last little bit of dirt or odor from your clean clothes. Hiding a dryer sheet in your car is a great start to removing the smoke smell. In this case, unscented works great, or you can choose your favorite scent! Consider hiding them under seats, in cubbies, or behind your dashboard. Sunlight and a fresh breeze is actually one of the best ways you can help deodorize your car, so make sure if it’s a nice day you park in the sun with your windows down and sunroof open. One last trick is to use vinegar or baking soda to try and remove the smell. Since they can spill consider place a bowl of either on your seat each night until the smell is gone. Vinegar will leave a lingering smell, but it will dissipate after a few days while cigarette smoke can last for years.
If you need help getting the cigarette smoke smell out of your car, or a new car you’ve purchased, give ServiceMaster of Charleston a call. ServiceMaster of Charleston is the Charleston area’s upholstery cleaning experts and can help make sure your car is clean and smelling great! Give us a call at 843-760-0404 or visit our website for more information.
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