Freshening up my interior

Freshening up my interior

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pete_esp

Original Poster:

70 posts

55 months

Sunday 20th September
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Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on how to freshen up the interior of my car, specifically I want to make it smell nice but I don't want a tree hanging from my mirror.

Any ideas? I was thinking leather conditioner on the seats and an aircon re-gas but thought I'd ask the experts.

Cheers,

Pete

PositronicRay

20,112 posts

143 months

Monday 21st September
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pete_esp said:
Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on how to freshen up the interior of my car, specifically I want to make it smell nice but I don't want a tree hanging from my mirror.

Any ideas? I was thinking leather conditioner on the seats and an aircon re-gas but thought I'd ask the experts.

Cheers,

Pete
I'd start by getting it really clean, poking about under the seats, awkward corners and stuff. Shampoo the carpet, (mats can be scrubbed) maybe the roof lining too. Modern leathers are coated so treatment won't soak in, wash seat cushions and backs (easier if you can remove them). Then for a leather smell use some conditioner sparingly, not too much because it just sits on the surface and attracts dirt.

Occasionally I use a a vinyl and plastic treatment too, but again sparingly because it can look look slick and shiny otherwise.

steveo3002

7,722 posts

134 months

Monday 21st September
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a/c regas has nothing to do with the smell in the car

take as much as you can out and scrub it ...seats out , carpets out and so on

5harp3y

1,746 posts

159 months

Tuesday 22nd September
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take seats out (be careful of airbag warning lights etc)

hire / buy wet vac

wet vac every soft surface including headliner (use sparingly on headliner)

dry fully

reassemble

make sure cabin filter is clean and renew

use deodorant bomb in aircon system


job jobbed

MOBB

2,458 posts

87 months

Tuesday 22nd September
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Once youve cleaned it, spray the mats with this;

https://www.slimsdetailing.co.uk/products/chemical...

I wouldn't say it smelt like new car smell, but it just smells right :-)

blue_haddock

863 posts

27 months

Tuesday 22nd September
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steveo3002 said:
a/c regas has nothing to do with the smell in the car

take as much as you can out and scrub it ...seats out , carpets out and so on
Actually it can cause a smell from the ac and heater pipes.

You can buy one shot antibacterial bombs which you set off in the car with the ac system on full and leave until its finished.

Cleans the pipework through and freshens things up.

Alternatively you can get ozone generating machines which freshen the interior up by neutralising the bacteria

pete_esp

Original Poster:

70 posts

55 months

Tuesday 22nd September
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Thanks for the help everyone. I'l see how I get on this weekend. Good tip on changing the Air Filter, I wonder if that's the issue as the car does smell a bit stale, my kid says it makes him feel ill.

KungFuPanda

3,729 posts

130 months

Thursday 1st October
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Change the pollen filter which normally lives behind the glove box.

Once you’ve done that, buy an aircon cleaner aerosol bomb type thing.

pete_esp

Original Poster:

70 posts

55 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Thanks for the solutions, I gave it a clean and an zircon bomb and everything turned out dandy!

Elliot2000

737 posts

136 months

Wednesday 14th October
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blue_haddock said:
Actually it can cause a smell from the ac and heater pipes.
Actually it doesn’t - a regas has nothing to do with improving smells - it just replaces the gas and lubricant lost and removes moisture from the circuit.

The anti bac bombs just remove smells from external ac components - ie the exterior surfaces of the evaporator