Help can smell cigarettes

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  1. Diane1969

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    well we have bought our first MH and since we have used it this weekend and had the heating on a smell of cigarettes has appeared, we are both very sensitive to smells and can't believe we didn't smell cigarettes when we viewed it twice before buying! I have washed all curtains and have been fabreezing daily.
    If I get the upholstery professionally cleaned will that eliminate the smell? Any advice welcome .
    Other than that we love the van
     
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    Lots of fresh air. We once bought a car that had a really strong smell of dog, leaving everything open was the best thing for it.
     
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    Are you sure it is the smell of cigarettes? Truma blown air heaters generate a noticeable smell when they get hot. If you are new to motorhoming, this could be what you are smelling.
     
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    Yes it is smoke, once I had the curtains in the house I could defiantly smell cigarette smoke, they smell lovely and fresh now
     
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    I was thinking the same ours smells if not used on start up
     
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    Dealer has used a deodoriser to mask the smell that has worn off. Just Google removing it...very expensive if you want it professionally done needs total steam cleaning by the looks of it... Don't cha just love dealers!
     
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    Fabreeze dispite the advertising only masks smells. You are going to have to take a long term approach as smoke smells can be very difficult to eliminate. If your seat covers are removable take them off and clean them. Clean every surface including inside cupboards, roof lining . Matress may be a problem so try and get as much air around it. Leave the van with everything open after cleaning and let fresh air do some of the work. I have found Neutral odour products to be effective but you do need to clean everything first, no short cuts
     
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    You could always contact the previous owner ask if they are smokers, this will eliminate any other cause. If the dealer masked the smell I would have a word with him about him paying for the deep clean.
    Like hotel rooms used to be, terrible stink.
     
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    I wonder if it could reduce a bit if you put the heating on full blast for an hour or so with the windows open - some of the smell may dissipate.

    I would speak to the dealer if that doesn't work - they have hidden something that has a negative impact on your enjoyment of the vehicle.
     
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    It's in everything, ingrained in every surface and even ductwork, a/c etc...needs proper deep cleaning. A quick google shows how to deal with ductwork as well.

    I would seek professional help and bill dealer. May have to replace soft furnishings if cleaning don't work. Personally would replace foam paddings and mattress.
     
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    Saw a van on dealer's website, phoned them. Said, we were interested, but as we lived over 200 miles away, could he confirm it was in good nick, no damp etc, and didn't smell of fag smoke?
    Guess what he told me.
    How naive was I?:D
     
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    Don't cha just love smokers!
    What you really mean is: "Don't cha just love smokers!" :)

    As stated above it will be in everything, including the foam in the soft furnishings. It may be worth changing the foam as even when the covers are washed the smell will leach out of the foam. This is why you see vehicles advertised as owned by non-smokers.

    I remember as a SOCO I often visited the houses of heavy smokers to find that everything was stained with a brown nicotine tar, walls ceilings, ornaments (and often the occupants). Indeed it often made it impossible to 'dust' for fingerprints!

    On quite a few occasions during the summer when parked up in our MH we have had to shut windows because someone was outside smoking and their smoke was drifting into our MH!

    I think the answer is to wash every fabric in the vehicle, and then a good deep clean followed by lots and lots of fresh air.

    Good luck and please let us know how you get on.

    KH
     
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    that is what I've been thinking, been getting quotes for reupholstering as I was thinking it would all be in the foam.
     
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    I am going to contact dealer as the van should have had a full valet, on giving it a really good clean today the floors were so dirty I'm not sure they were ever cleaned ! Ceiling above cab was covered in nicotine , we are going to get it all steam cleaned
     
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    might be advisable to at least take photos and give the dealer a chance to have it put right. if not there are specialists in such cleaning
     
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    for some reason my second paragraph didnt post. oh well, these things happen

    was going to say, the inside of the heater also needs cleaning. probably covered in nicotene tar that reactivates when melted by putting the heating on. you need to take the front off the heater and clean all the fins and the fan ideally with a degreaser

    my parents were heavy smokers and I have had to clean anything I brought home from their house and throw so many things away. its 5 years since anyone smoked in the house but it still stinks. probably soaked into the plaster on the walls and ceilings, which although cleaned and painted, the stains keep coming back
     
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    Oh no that's not making me feel very optimistic, we've been in to night and it smells fresh but I will check again tomorrow
     
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    Other option of course would be to take up smoking.....;)
     
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    This from Buttons the heretic!
     
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