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Old 09-18-2011, 01:27 AM
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Has anyone ever used Activated Charcoal to deodorize your truck? My truck doesn't smell very good and I just want to know what works best as far as removing the stinky funk and making it smell good again. I believe the previous owner smoked in the truck frequently and it shows... I mean smells.
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I saw smoke eliminator at the Home Depot
i don't know if it lasts long or not, it is a spray
also there is a product sold by Vacuum cleaner shops, it may also work, it was not cheap

then there is this, foggers, bombs & sprays
http://www.autogeek.net/auto-air-fre...FRM6gwodtzS55A

& this
http://odors.getridofthings.com/get-...moke-smell.htm
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baking soda usually takes away alot of odors. maybe try sprinkling it on carpet,letting it sit over night then vacuuming in the morn.
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baking soda usually takes away alot of odors. maybe try sprinkling it on carpet,letting it sit over night then vacuuming in the morn.
I had a buddy years ago that was an automotive detailer, He would dump boxes of Arm and Hammer everywhere, carpet/seats...where ever and let it set for a few days to draw out the smells. Then Vaccumm away. Afterwards you can spray your favorite scents. The air vents are the worst to do since they are hard to access, but now they make a spray that you spray into the vents, ( spray into the intake under the dash and it foams up to clean the ducts/coils and eliminate the funk ) I dont remember the name of the product but the auto stores carry it.

If it is deep into the seat foam materials and carpet padding you may have to have it professionally cleaned or replaced if you want to eliminate it completely. The headliner, best to replace it as when cleaned it tends to break the foam backing down and within a summer it will start falling down. $30 to take it out and have a shop recover it and re-install yourself, about $100+ for them to R&R it.
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Activated charcoal works great if the air is 'flowing' through it, so it is unlikely it will be of much benefit in your case. The baking soda bath works great, but the trick is to let it sit for at least 1/2 a day. If you can, leaving it for a couple days does wonders, and blowing some of it onto the headliner (although really, really, messy) goes a long way to remove the smell from smoke. Also give the windows a good cleaning (smoke really sticks to them), with vinegar, followed by a good window cleaner.

Once completed, use something like 'Febreeze' for fabrics every 3-4th day for about a month.
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If I can get the funk out of my truck using those methods and make it smell great again, there's a good chance I may never leave it. Of course, I'm sure some other funk would take over then.

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You can always find a donor truck and swap interiors.... More expensive sometimes but worth it, lots of good deals on craigslist usually.
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Just a side note, when my wife bought a POS van awhile back, it was really nasty inside ( almost like someone puked in it ) I rented a rug doctor with the upholstery attachments and took all the seats out, cleaned the carpet/seats with boiled water/ammonia... then the next day again with carpet cleaner/deodorizers and the van was good as new. I boiled the water so it was extremely hot to deep clean like a steamer. While working another 2 large pots were on to boil. Worked great, might work for you as well....Takes time but go really slow and vac it really good to suck it all out. If its really bad you can pre- soak it using a spray bottle or bug sprayer. Place a fan in the truck to speed drying, the whole van was dry in a day.
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Also after a good clean use fabreeze to keep the funk at bay my wife loves to smoke in my truck. The foot ball player in the family dosnt help ether. So I keep it in the console.
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Okay, the smell is out, now what is a good way to make it smell nice? I know people say those trees suck, so what's a good way to keep the truck smelling of a good fragrance?
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