Whether it’s an episode of car sickness, a smoking relative, or mildew growing in the ventilation system, sometimes your car is filled with strong odors. Some remedies only require carpet cleanup or vacuuming, but full vehicle disinfection is usually the best way to go. Bactronix has a proprietary, science-based disinfection process that not only removes odors but also disinfects the ventilation system. When you’ve got to remove strong odors from a car interior, here’s where to start.
Identify the Source of the Odor
Sometimes it’s easy to know where a smell is coming from. It could be a chain-smoking aunt you drove to the airport, or a child who got sick on the way to the zoo. For fleet owners and used car dealerships, the whiff of smoke or heavy cologne is a common issue with incoming vehicles. Odors like mildew or chemical smells may be harder to identify. Find the source of the odor, so you can correct any mechanical issues that may be causing it. There could be a leak or blockage in the heating system or evaporating drain that needs to be repaired.
Perform a Base Cleaning
If you’ve got a leak, you’ll probably know from the wet carpet or interior panels. To prevent further mold or mildew growth, remove any wet materials and disinfect them before drying them out. We created Bactrokill antimicrobial spray disinfectant to safely disinfect surfaces without harming people or pets. Clean up any spills and sprinkle with baking soda or cat litter to absorb odors, then vacuum everything up and finish the cleaning with a disinfectant like Bactrokill. Be sure to spot test leather and interior surfaces before applying any products.
Disinfect the Air system
The final step is disinfecting the air flow system. Bacteria and viruses can multiply in ventilation systems, and our vehicle disinfection process is scientifically proven to remove 99.9% of illness causing germs. Our system won’t damage your vehicle’s delicate internal surfaces or leave behind any harmful fumes or residue. It removes odors and pathogens, and we stand by our work with a Seal of Certification when we’re done.
Our team has worked with car dealerships, fleet vehicle companies, EMS companies and auto detailers to neutralize even the toughest smells while disinfecting air flow systems. Whether you need disinfection for your personal vehicle or an entire fleet, give us a call to schedule an appointment!