How to Get Rid of Car Mold

Have you found mold in your car? You’ll want to take care of this problem quickly. Not sure if it’s mold? A few warning signs include a smell like sour milk or discoloration on the seats and carpet. The first step to getting rid of car mold is to clean and vacuum the inside of the car. This makes it easier to clean the mold out. Learn more about mold and how to get mold out of a car with the Medlin Mazda service center today!

Steps to Car Mold Removal

It’s important to keep your vehicle clean and mold-free, especially if you’re getting ready to sell it. Follow these steps to get rid of the mold:

  1. Remove any trash or other items from the inside of the car. Mold can spread especially quickly on wet clothing.
  2. Water damage from a sudden Raleigh rainstorm can cause mold to form. Allow the interior to dry before cleaning.
  3. Use a dry vacuum to clean the car upholstery. Be sure to vacuum everything thoroughly, including under and between the seats.
  4. Choose your mold cleaner. White vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle is a popular option, and you can mix it with baking soda. This odor remover is particularly effective against black mold. One part water and one part color-safe bleach can also work, but you’ll want to test a patch in an out-of-the-way area first. Otherwise, it could discolor the upholstery.
  5. With the doors open, spray down the interior of the vehicle. You can use these cleaners on any area of the vehicle, not just areas with mold growth.
  6. If you’re finding it hard to remove mold from the car’s interior, you can try using the upholstery attachment on a wet dry vacuum.
  7. After you’re finished cleaning, be sure to leave the car windows down so the interior can dry. Otherwise, you run the risk of the mold spreading.

More Tips on Getting Rid of Mold

In addition to the steps above, you’ll want to keep in mind a few other facts about mold and your vehicle to ensure you safely remove the mold from your vehicle:

  • If you find black mold in your car, be sure to use a dust mask. It can irritate the lungs and cause breathing problems.
  • Enzyme-based cleaners will handle many types of mold, and they can be found in most hardware stores.
  • While you can take your car to be detailed at a car wash, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to tackle the problem. You’ll need to take care of it yourself or search out a dedicated car cleaning service.
  • Be sure to spray down the entire vehicle when cleaning to truly kill the mold. Mold spores can travel to areas that don’t look affected.

Turn to Medlin Mazda for More Car Cleaning Advice

Whether you’re looking to purchase a new or used vehicle from Medlin Mazda, you’re guaranteed a clean, mold-free interior. Looking for more service tips and tricks to keeping your vehicle in the best shape possible? Contact the Medlin Mazda service center. We also offer service specials to help you save on the upkeep your vehicle may need as well as information on the Mazda3 hatchback cargo space, Mazda maintenance schedules, how to fix a dent or scratch, a guide on how to sanitize your car, and more.

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