How to Keep New Car Smell
One of the biggest thrills you’ll get from driving that brand new car is enjoying the brand new car smell (most people think so anyway). Unfortunately, keeping the “new car smell” forever is nearly impossible. That new car smell is the result of a variety of chemicals used in the making of the vehicle. You have a combination of different materials such as leather, vinyl, carpet, rubber, etc. These combined with paint, sealants, oil, and padding result in the new car smell that people want to hold on to for as long as possible. But, the more you use the car, the sooner the smell disappears. However, there are several tips you can follow in order to prolong it.
How to Keep New Car Smell - Tip #1: Be Aware of Smells You Bring Into Your Car
When you bring new smells into your car you are taking away from the “new car smell”. For instance, do you smoke in your car? Do you eat in your car? Do you drink coffee in your car? Well, you are human after all. Keeping your car smelling new is a lot like cleaning your house. You’ll have that fresh, clean, lemony scent for a while in your house … but then you make a pot of coffee, cook supper, and there goes the lemony scent in your house.
How to Keep New Car Smell - Tip #2: Be Aware of Environmental Situations
When you think about leather or vinyl interior, and how they eventually begin to crack, it’s because the chemicals that made them soft originally are now gone. Consequently, the “new car smell” has gone as well. To avoid that, you need to do whatever you can to keep the vinyl, leather, and rubber in your new car from drying out. Keep your car out of the sun as much as possible is a good first step. Keep a window cracked, use a sunshade, park in the shade when possible, and if you have a garage to park in, that’s a bonus. The heat takes a toll on these materials.
How to Keep New Car Smell - Tip #3: Avoid Strong-smelling Cleaning Products
Keep the interior of your car clean but try to avoid cleaning products that contain strong smelling agents. Instead, purchase car care products that leave little or no odor and still do the job efficiently. Some of them will leave a natural, car-like smell. You can also buy leather and vinyl cleaners and conditioners which will remove dirt and odors while replacing the moisture and keeping the leather and vinyl from drying out. You should also use these products on plastic because plastic surfaces tend to dry out as well.
How to Keep New Car Smell - Tip #4: Avoid Air Fresheners
Air fresheners and deodorizers are not always the best way to go. The combination of pine mixed with coffee and cigarettes just doesn’t cut it. If you insist on using these fresheners, try just a tiny squirt at first because the smell can soak into the cloth and carpet and will tend to linger. To deodorize your carpets and cloth interior, sprinkle baking soda on before vacuuming. This will soak up moisture and unpleasant odors.
How to Keep New Car Smell - Tip #5: New Floor Mats
When your “new car smell” eventually fades away, treat yourself to a new set of floor mats or a leather steering wheel cover. Some of your new car smell will come back.
All of these little things add up, especially if you ever decide to sell. Nobody wants to buy a car that has an odd odor left over from its previous owners.