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Old 01-06-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Cigarette Smell help needed.

Just bought my first jeep the other week and am enjoying it so far. I took my wife on a ride a few days after I purchased it and she complained about a smell. I can not smell at all, All my life have been this way so I didnt notice. I pulled the cigarette lighter out and looked at it today and it looks well used. It is not an apparent smell, she say's that it smells like they tried to cover it up.

My questions are;
How hard would it be to pull the seats completely out and the carpet?
Is it possible to pull off the roll bar padding and wash it?
What is best to clean the inside of the soft top?
Any other recommendations?

I also thought about, If the Carpet is ruined due to smell, How much prep work would it be to just rhino line the floor instead of replacing the carpet? Does that stuff just paint on or does the inside paint need to be scuffed?

Thank you all for your time and help!
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Just to make sure everyone knows which Jeep you are working on ... what year model is it? The newer they are, the more you have to do to get them ready for Rhino-Lining, etc...

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Just to make sure everyone knows which Jeep you are working on ... what year model is it? The newer they are, the more you have to do to get them ready for Rhino-Lining, etc...
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I think it would be good to replace anything "material"... such as roll bar padding, carpet and have the seats steam cleaned... or professionally cleaned (same if using same carpet). Wipe down ALL interior surfaces with MILD cleaner, under carpet and inside soft top. Spray "fabreeze" into your Jeep and it should smell a whole lot nicer.
Rhino liners are expensive, take a lot of prep and yes, scuffing the surfaces to be covered for best adhesion.
I am in the process of yanking my seats, carpet and doing a complete scrub down of my interior... just time consuming and KEEP TRACK OF THOSE FASTENERS.
I am also repainting my dash bezels too.
My Jeep is 24 years old... so it's about time I gave her a little TLC.
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Ok, well, it's pretty easy to toss your carpets into a washer...if your wife has nostrels that go beyond that...don't fart....ever...
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Get a Bag of charcoal get aluminum turkey trays or any kind of trays Spay seats and carpet down lightly with water After Vacuming everything. Spread fresh charcoal on trays put trays under seats in floors where ever you want close doors and let sit for a few days. Friend of mine works at a used car lot he says it can do wonders for cigarette smells
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Get a Bag of charcoal get aluminum turkey trays or any kind of trays Spay seats and carpet down lightly with water After Vacuming everything. Spread fresh charcoal on trays put trays under seats in floors where ever you want close doors and let sit for a few days. Friend of mine works at a used car lot he says it can do wonders for cigarette smells
That only would work for odors released from the soft surfaces. It wouldn't do anything to extract the odors. Leaving the windows open would work just as well. Probably better. There's a reason your friend works at a used car lot...

If you can wash the carpet, and any other removable soft surfaces, it will help. Also wash down all hard surfaces with a dilute bleach solution or something. Putting covers on seats will probably help in that area. Also, hang approximately 53 air fresheners in and around the interior. Works in NY cabs, so it must work in Jeeps.

Also, I have no idea if there is some kind of cabin air filter. If so, replace that too. If a heavy smoker used the vehicle, the smoke will have permeated, and coated, every nook and cranny, including the ventilation system.

In the alternative, take off doors, windows, etc., go mudding, then run your rig through a car wash. Be sure to pop the hood at the car wash.

Note: I wrote this kinda tongue in cheek, but then did a google search, and what I said is pretty much what you have to do. Fabreeze only mask odors (like the air freshener rear mirror dealies), and they recommended changing cabin filter, etc. Smoke stinks. Good luck.
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Get a Bag of charcoal get aluminum turkey trays or any kind of trays Spay seats and carpet down lightly with water After Vacuming everything. Spread fresh charcoal on trays put trays under seats in floors where ever you want close doors and let sit for a few days. Friend of mine works at a used car lot he says it can do wonders for cigarette smells
never heard of charcoal in turkey trays, but the theory is really sound
I've heard of folks doing the same thing with baking soda (minus the trays) though with pretty good results, and if you google a company called Biocide, they make a "bug bomb" style odor neutralizer that a friend of mine said is flippin amazing, and he's one of those ex-smokers who can smell someone lighting a cigarette in their garage four houses away...
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Get a Bag of charcoal get aluminum turkey trays or any kind of trays Spay seats and carpet down lightly with water After Vacuming everything. Spread fresh charcoal on trays put trays under seats in floors where ever you want close doors and let sit for a few days. Friend of mine works at a used car lot he says it can do wonders for cigarette smells
In addition to the above, use Fabreeze with the windows closed for a couple of hours, then spread a box or two of baking soda over carpet and seats. Leave on at least 24 hours, then vacuum it out. Key is to keep the windows closed.
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Forgot about the charcoal. We used to use charcoal all the time for extra refrigerator/freezer odors. Works well...
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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Thanks all, I will probably try and overkill it and use a bit of everything.
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Pull the mats and give them a good wash with detergent in the driveway. Then spray them with "Febreze" -- there's a version just for that sort of thing, not the laundry-pretreatment kind. Spray the whole interior with Febreze too.

It may not work permanently - depending on how heavy a smoker the P.O. was, it may require more than one application. I once bought a bedroom set from a cigar smoker, and it took six months airing out in my barn before it was ready to bring inside.

Another option is "Ozium" -- the stuff the potheads use to cover up the smell. Originally developed for hospitals, like for gangrene stink.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:32 AM   #13
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When I bought mine, I originally said to my wife, "smoke in it, I don't care, it's a Jeep and we'll have it forever!"
Then she brought it back after smoking in it the first time...well that changed my mind right quick. A calm discussion ensued where I apologized for reversing my opinion and asked very nicely, but very firmly that she never EVER do that again EVER.

EVER

It was summer, so a long ride with the windows down and a day left open and all was right again, but holy crap was I ready to go nuts from that stink in the brand new vehicle.


She has no idea how bad her car smells either.
Luckily it's a 10-year old econo-box Hyundai with little trade in value anyway and it's gone next year.

All the techniques listed in the thread are sound ones. I think I would use all of them too, if I was in your position.
The really cool part is that in the end you will know your Jeep a little better and it will be BIG TIME fresh smelling!
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:30 AM   #14
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I think I am going to pull the carpets out and try and wash them, All of them except the "bed carpet" look pretty cheap to be honest. The "Bed Carpet" looks a little more sturdy. If they still smell bad I will probably just toss em except the one and go with just car mats till summer and then Herculine the tub.

The suggestions were great, you guys are awesome. TYVM
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Go to walmart or a sporting goods store and get a bottle of Scent-A-Way. It is the the hunting section. I have used this for cat and dog pee on carpets, my kids puke stains, used it in my wifes car after my daughter had to much to drink on her 21 birthday and it works great on vacuum cleaner canisters that start to smell. It kills all smell and I have not had the smell come back. Spray it on and let it dry.

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