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Suggestions on removing heavy cigarette smell from an interior.

Hi Kia friends,
I just bought my wife a 2014 Kia Sorento. Absolutely a lovely vehicle; however, I got a great price on it because its former owner was a heavy cigarette or cigar smoker. The dealership used some special technique to remove the odor; but, it still lingers pretty heavy. I was wondering if anybody has had success reducing the tobacco odor in their Kia. Our Sorento has the "Yes" fabric interior. Any suggestions about techniques or special products to help reduce the odor would be appreciated. Thank you !!

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There are lots of different methods of removing odours .
First make sure you never use the heater/air circulation on recycle Mode.
The only time you might want to is whilst using a smoke bomb or spray neutraliser.
I would personally wash or steam the interior first to remove Tars.
Remove the Cabin filter and replace with new one when smell dramatically reduced.

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there is particular method. you need to clean the whole HVAC system with special formula. it is only way to remove that heavy smell.
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One method used in one of my previous cars I bought used was to place some charcoal wrapped inside pantyhose underneath the seats. The charcoal helps to absorb the odors.

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I have tried using Dakota Odor bomb and it worked really well. I brought back the factory smell of my car.
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Any suggestions about techniques or special products to help reduce the odor would be appreciated. Thank you !!
Tar is hard to remove. It gets into every fabric and penetrates it.

Washing it may help, but you will not reach deep layers. You would need to physically soak the seat and drain three times to remove most of the tar, yet some still remains.

If you can, try washing interior using pressure steam washer. I;d be careful with choice of chemicals to not damage the fabrics.
Then, on a hot day, let it in open sun and heater on full blast in recirculate mode to really get everything hot and then open all doors. Keep repeating it from time to time.

The smell will diminish, but will not be gone completely. Some day you will smell it again.

Of course changing the cabin filter and using the A/C re-freshener is a good idea.


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I have tried using Dakota Odor bomb and it worked really well. I brought back the factory smell of my car.
That's what I'd try, and a new cabin filter with a spray of Febreeze on it.





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That's what I'd try, and a new cabin filter with a spray of Febreeze on it.

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they make cabin air filter with charcoal, helps neutralize most odors.

i use febreeze after every fishing trip or the next day the inside of my car smells like fish.

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