How to Remove Nicotine Stains From a Car Interiorby Mallory Hall
While it is a known fact that cigarettes and cigarette smoke are bad for your health, they are also bad for the interior of your car. The nicotine that results from the smoke leaves a greasy yellowish-brown stain on your upholstery and has a distinctive odor that can be hard to remove. However, you can use supplies from your local hardware store and your home to restore your car's upholstery and interior.
Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray your car's interior including the glass, plastic and vinyl surfaces. Avoid spraying the fabric. Use a cleaning rag to wipe down the surfaces. Continue the process until your rag is no longer picking up stains and wipes clean.
Use a carpet shampoo and carpet-cleaning machine. Make sure that the product has a built-in stain remover. Read and follow the instruction manual for proper usage. Cover the carpet and fabric interior including the upholstery. Air-dry the car with the windows and doors open to allow proper ventilation.
Sprinkle baking soda on the fabric. Once the car is dry, coat the upholstery with baking soda and use a soft-bristle brush to work the product into the fibers. For best results, allow the baking soda to settle for at least one week. If you need to use your vehicle and you are worried about baking soda on your clothing, lay a towel on the seats.
Vacuum up any remaining baking soda from the interior. Any leftover baking soda should have soaked up the nicotine while it was settling into the fibers.
Leave an open bag of baking soda, coffee grounds or charcoal in the car overnight to eliminate any lingering odors.
- Choose a carpet shampoo that is made for pet stains and odors as these are typically the most powerful.
Things You'll Need
- Spray bottle
- White vinegar
- Cleaning rags
- Carpet shampoo
- Carpet cleaning machine
- Soft-bristled brush
- Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner
- Clean towels (optional)
Mallory Hall has been a full-time freelance writer since 2010 with several years of experience in the food industry. Her work appears on various websites and she is passionate about writing on topics in health, family and education. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University.