How to Remove Smoke Smell From an RV

Virginia Gaskin

Using several products for different surfaces will help remove smoke smells from anywhere, including recreational vehicles (RVs). Some surface types need a product that contains a cleaning ingredient to truly remove the smell and not just cover it up temporarily. Some dry products will help soak up the resin and tar left behind in the air from smoke.

  1. Wipe hard surfaces, such as wood, with vinegar. Make sure to wipe the entire surface to remove the smell from the RV. Repeat as needed.

  2. Sprinkle baking soda on any surfaces covered by or made of fabric. Let the soda sit on the surface for a while before vacuuming it off. Make sure to cover the entire surface with a dusting of the soda so not to leave the odor in any of the fabric. Repeat as needed.

  3. Shampoo the carpet. If this is not possible, sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Wait a while before vacuuming the soda up. Repeat if necessary.

  4. Set an open container of either coffee grinds or charcoal in the RV to soak up the odor out of the air.