How to Give Your Old Car that New Car Smell Again

  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-100
What You'll Need
Odor neutralizer
Steam cleaner
Interior cleaner

Trying to get that new car smell again after owning your car for several years can be difficult. After a certain amount of time, the smell goes away and you are left with other aromas. Many people love the new car smell and because of that are willing to try different things to get it back. Here are the basics of how to give your old car that new car smell again.

Step 1--Clean out Debris

Most of the time, when you drive your car for an extended period of time you are going to have some debris laying around within it. In order to get the car smelling good again, you are going to need to remove all of this. This includes trash, papers, toys, books, or anything else that is laying on the seats or under them. In order to properly clean the car, you are going to need to make sure that everything is out of it.

Step 2--Vacuum

Once you have all of the larger pieces out of the way, you can begin vacuuming the car. Vacuuming is going to help you remove all of the small pieces of dirt and dust. This is a very important part of the process of making your car smell good again. If you do not have a vacuum that is capable of vacuuming your car, take your car to the local car wash and use one of the high-powered vacuums that they have available.

Step 3--Steam Clean

After you have vacuumed out the car, you should consider steam cleaning the interior. You should be able to rent a steam cleaner from several different places in your area. If you cannot rent one, you may be able to hire a steam cleaning company to come in and clean the fabric for you. A steam cleaner is going to use a very high temperature and moisture in order to clean deep into the fabric of your car. By using steam, you are going to be able to eliminate a lot of the powerful odors that are trapped in your carpet and other fibers in the car. After steam cleaning, allow the car fabric to dry thoroughly before moving forward.

Step 4--Clean the Dash

At this point, you will want to make sure that the dash and anything that is does not have cloth on it is also clean. You should be able to use an interior cleaner such as Armorall or an equivalent cleaning agent for this process. You need to use a soft rag while applying this cleaner so that you do not damage the interior.

Step 5--Odor Neutralizer

Once you have done your best to clean out the car, you are going to want to apply odor neutralizer to it. This typically comes in a spray bottle. You can use Febreze or something else along those lines for this process. This should help neutralize any odors that are still present in the car.