Mold can be found everywhere where high moisture levels and temperatures are present. This type of fungus can be the cause of serious health issues especially for people who are sensitive to it. This includes people with a compromised immune system (like those undergoing cancer treatment or that have had an organ transplant), lung diseases, and allergy sufferers. Yes, mold can be very dangerous when it’s not taken care of, which is why you need to get rid of it from your vehicle too.
How to Remove Mold
Prepare & Inspect
While there are a lot of ways to get rid of mold from your vehicle, we are going to show you how to do it by cleaning and applying a disinfectant. Before you start with this car mold removal process you’ll need to get yourself a surgical mask, a pair of gloves, white vinegar, clove oil, baking soda and a standard detergent. Make sure to air out your car by leaving it under the sun with all doors open for about a couple of hours. Check your vehicle for any other areas with mold other than those you already know of. This usually includes areas such as seat sidearms, the floor, seat belts, steering wheel, underneath seats and the seat surface. Mold is usually black green, white, gray or brown and it appears as a circular area.
Before you start with this part of the car mold removal process though, try to break down big chunks of mold with a toothbrush – make sure you brush gently. Also, use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner after brushing the mold. While using a wet-dry vacuum isn’t necessary it will ensure there is no leftover mold.
- Take out the car seat covers and carpets and apply the disinfectant solution containing the above-mentioned ingredients. This solution needs to have 4 parts white vinegar with 1 part water, also 1 quart (946 ml) of water, half a cup of white vinegar, a quarter teaspoon of clove oil, and a tablespoon of baking soda.
- When you’ve sprayed the carpets and covers with the disinfectant solution let them sit for at least 20 minutes. Spray other parts of your car where you’ve seen mold grow or has the conditions to, such as the dashboard and air vent.
- When all the mold has been killed, use a wet-dry vacuum to get rid of the homemade disinfectant. If you don’t have a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, you can wait for all the areas you’ve applied the solution to dry out and then vacuum with a regular vacuum cleaner. This will get rid of the dry mold residue, just make sure you clean the residue with a vacuum cleaner that makes use of a bag which you’ll need to throw away. Otherwise, the mold will spread into your home when you are going to be cleaning your house.
- Wash the seat covers and carpets with standard detergent or add Borax powder when washing them and let them dry out in the sun. If you can’t wash the covers and carpets with detergent, you can always use a solution of water and non-iodized salt. Spray the solution all over every area where you applied the previous mold killing solution. Let the areas dry out and wait until you see a crust of salt on the surfaces. You can brush this off with the toothbrush or use the vacuum cleaner.
- You can use an air freshener spray to remove leftover odors from vinegar but what’s more important is to leave your car to air out. When you’ve washed the covers and seats and dried them off put them back where they were. Lastly, you can use a dehumidifier to keep low moisture levels in your car or just keep a dry interior to prevent the mold from re-growing.
Prevent Mold from Forming
Food & Drinks
Avoid eating or drinking inside your car, as no matter how careful you are, spills can still happen. This is the perfect way for mold to grow as some crumbs or water drops can go unseen which are enough for mold to start forming.
Although you won’t see mold growing on your windows it’s important to keep them tightly closed when you are not using your vehicle. Why? Well, because this car fix will prevent moisture and debris from getting inside your vehicle thus creating the perfect conditions for mold to settle in.
Protect the Interior
You can keep the interior safe from mold by spraying an antimicrobial cleaning solution over it and by putting seat covers and waterproof floor mats. These type of mats will prevent moisture from absorbing in the car floor.
Clean & Maintain
With some basic car maintenance such as regular and proper cleaning of the interior will keep dirt away thus the chances of mold forming at a minimum. Maintaining your car’s cooling and heating systems will also help with this since there won’t be any airflow and condensation issues. Have the heating and cooling systems serviced by a mechanic on the regular in order to prevent such issues from arising in the first place.