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Odor elimination in your car has got to be the most frustrating thing I think in the world. You go to the store and buy spray after spray, and nothing. You buy little fragrance plug ins, and nothing. You try everything under the sun you can think of to get rid of that funk you got going on in your car and nothing seems to work. Believe me been there done that.
I've been in this business for a long time and have come across some pretty nasty smelling used cars and have tried a lot of different products that claim to fix the smell problem. Well I'm here to tell you, sprays don't fix it, all they do is mask it with a smell that in some cases is so strong that they give you a headache, and after a while your smell is right back. I've seen guys come in to the lots with fogger units and bomb the inside of some of these cars and after about a week or two of sitting on the lot, well you guessed it, the smell is back.
The problem is, is that the source of the smell is still there. The elimination of odor has to be done at the source and that source has to be removed before any odor control can be effective.
To eliminate the source of smell, the car has to be cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom. That means the french fries hiding under the seat have to go.
Clean every nook and cranny that you can. Using a mild detergent, like dawn dish soap mixed in warm water, a scrub brush, and a micro fiber towel. Scrub and wipe down all the panels thoroughly. Being sure to clean the headliner too, this is a place that is often missed and an odor magnet. Just because there is no traffic on the headliner doesn't mean you don't have to clean it. Think about it when someone smokes, where does the smoke usually go? Up... Right into the headliner. So be sure to clean the headliner too.
Carpet is a big player in the smell in your car. Most odors that are in your car are from the carpeting and pad. A lot of times you think you have the carpet clean, which you very well might, but what's underneath the carpet is the culprit, your pad. The pad soaks up all that junk that has been spilled or drug into the car from the outside and just sits there, and well stinks. So when cleaning the carpet try to use a good extractor to suck all that gunk out the carpet and pad, this will get to that source I've been talking about, and eliminate some of it.
Now that we've cleaned the car from top to bottom it's time to treat the problem at it's source. Just because we've cleaned the car doesn't mean the odor is gone. That part is deep, at the micro level. What's at that micro level that is the cause? It's bacteria and fungus. It's that bacteria and fungus that are making the car smell. So to get to that we have to use something that will kill and eliminate the odor at that micro level.
Have you ever walked outside after a rain and everything smells so fresh and clean. Well that smell your smelling is ozone. Ozone is something we all hear about on a daily basis with the go green thing goin on and the depletion of the "ozone layer". What is ozone you ask, well it's when the oxygen (O2) that is all around us rises up to the upper atmosphere, and is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays. That oxygen is naturally turned into ozone (O3). That is the "ozone layer" that protects us from the sun's harmful UV rays. Since ozone is heavier than air it naturally falls back to earth. This ozone as it falls naturally purifies our air and water. Without ozone nature could not purify our Earth. It is the second most powerful sterilant in the world and its function is to destroy bacteria, viruses and odors.
Did you see that, ozone destroys bacteria, viruses and ODORS.
Now that we are clear on that, let me let you in on a little secret. You can make ozone and use it to eliminate the odor in your car. Yep ozone in your car.
By placing a little ozone generator in your car you can kill all the odor causing bacteria, and fungus that is making your car stink.
I have seen it done at the dealer ships I go to and it works. After the car has been detailed and cleaned up, they take this little machine and place it in the car, roll up the windows, turn it on and let it set for about half a day, and when their done the smell is gone.
What the ozone does is kills the bacteria by rupturing the cell hence destroying it. It kills the spores of the fungus so that when moister is reintroduced to it there's nothing to sprout up again and make it smell.
Ozone in your car is the secret to eliminating the odors and keeping it that way. By destroying the smell at it's source you eliminate the odor for good.
So now your wondering where in the world do I get my hands on a ozone generator. Well here of course.
I have done some research and have come up with a couple ozone generators that I have seen on the lots and that I know work well. Now these aren't just air purifiers, or ionizers. These are the real deal, these are true ozone generators that will eliminate the odor by oxidizing the air inside the car and producing a toxic O3 cocktail for those pesky bacteria and fungus smells.
One is the Lightning Air LA-3IC Sanitizer , it's a small and very portable ozone generator. This is the commercial unit and will definalatly do the trick in a very short period of time. It's designed to treat up 8000 cubic ft. which is more then enough coverage for a car. It will eliminate all of the below odors and more and is not just for the car either, you can use this thing anywhere there is a smell needing dealt with. Sells for around $350, which is a small investment for what you get.
Cigarette Smoke Mold & Mildew Smoke Damage
Paint Fumes Cooking Odors Decaying Matter
Pet Odors Carpet Odors Water Damage
Cleaning Fumes New Construction Pesticides
Another is an even smaller of a unit that I think would be ideal for the use inside of a car, it's the Uvonair Junior 1000 Ozone Generator and has a treatment coverage of about 1000 cubic feet. The claim is that this little jewel is the one of the most powerful ozone generators available. The Uvonair is ideal for homes, offices, workplaces, vehicles, anywhere that can benefit from purer, cleaner air. Runs right at $200 and it's not as expensive as most, so is a very economical choice.
Now once we have eliminated the source of the smell with the ozone generator, how about keeping it that way with an ozone generator that just plugs into the cigarette lighter and keeps the air in your car clean and pure for as long as you wish. The Cigarette Lighter Air Purifier is a very inexpensive little device that will keep your car at the level of odor control that you want. Now this is probably not for the true funky smellers that need a good cleaning and deodorizing with a bigger unit, but more for the newer or cleaner cars that don't need a blasting and for those cars that need a constant treatment.
Odor elimination in your car doesn't have to be frustrating and you sure don't have to spend a fortune on sprays or plug ins that only mask the odor. Try what is only natural and use ozone for your car.