Dirty Cabin Filter
This is the cabin filter that was inside the vehicle. I always remove the cabin filter in these cases because when I use ozone to remove the odor, I start the car, then turn on the air conditioner so it’ll re-circulate throughout the car. I take the old cabin filter out because whatever passes through the ductwork also passes through the cabin filter. Take a look at how dirty and nasty the filter is. Just think, the former owner, who is now no longer with us, was breathing the air that passed through this filter!
The last step was to run ozone through the car to sanitize and remove the last of the lingering cigarette smoke smell. I ran the ozone machine for approximately five hours, and when I was finished, I opened all of the doors on the car to air it out for a few minutes. I then closed up the car again, and let it sit outside in the sun to get an accurate measurement of the “new” smell. After about an hour, I opened one of the doors and poked my head inside to take a smell. To my relief, I could no longer smell any trace of a cigarette smell! When the owner arrived a few hours later, she was beyond overjoyed. The car didn’t look perfect on the inside, as there were some traces of tar that I wasn’t able to totally remove from the headliner, but as one can see in the pictures, there is a night and day difference. Take a look below at the final photo of the headliner after the cleaning process was completed.