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Old 05-04-2016, 01:56 PM
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Default Cleaning smokers windows

Hey guys,
How do you get tobacco smoke residue off windows ? I've tried everything short of simple green or scrubbing bubbles. Windex, odoban (cleans most things well, surprisingly), alcohol, everything I have tried streaks worse than the last. All I'm doing is moving the residue around. The windows are still tacky to the touch. Any ideas ? I'm never buying a smokers car again, but that's another story. I was thinking alcohol/razor blade, but that wouldn't help the rear.

Any ideas, I'm at a loss with this, and frankly it's disgusting.
Old 05-04-2016, 03:07 PM
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White Vinegar is how I clean cigarette smoke off of things. Perhaps try it at a 1:1 ratio with water

Also leaving containers of coffee grounds in the cup holders for a week or so helps get the scent out of the air (of course after a thorough cleaning of all seats/carpeting/ceiling
Old 05-04-2016, 03:19 PM
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Thumbs up Use newspaper ?

Hi Scott,
I do the same as Admin `Mike,
Make a great all-purpose window cleaner by combining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Combine in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.

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Old 05-04-2016, 03:23 PM
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I use Invisible Glass and Castle window cleaner regularly

Both are great window cleaning products, especially for the outside of the windows

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Old 05-04-2016, 06:15 PM
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The Vinegar thing is the Trick. It's what the Wife's Cleaning ladies use also.
You also might want to use Newspaper to clean the windows just like they are paper towels or a rag. You will not have streaks. I use that when I clean my car windows too.
Old 05-09-2016, 11:28 PM
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Thanks for the advice guys, I tried some 50/50 vinegar/water and it worked great. I used a razor blade on the windshield and side windows to get everything off. The rear took a really long time because I couldn't use the blade. Good call on the newspaper, leave a nice streak and lint free finish. I also used the mixture to clean the dash and steering wheel, got most of the smoke residue off once and for all.

Thanks for the good advice guys

Mike, the majority of the upholstery is currently out of the car while I'm getting the tiburon seats mocked into place.

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Old 05-12-2016, 05:40 AM
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Denatured alcohol works great for cleaning windows. For a streak free outcome, you need to use Invisible Glass as a final step.

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