Sometimes if you have a car that sits around outside, you’ll end up with a lot of moisture inside the car. This moisture, if left, will turn into mold and can damage a car’s interior quite badly, damage your health, and also turn off anyone else from taking a ride in your… ride.
There are a few solutions to the problem of mold inside your car however that are pretty easy, and can clean up the mold pretty quickly.
The first thing to remember, is that bleach is a bad idea. Bleach doesn’t work well on porous surfaces, and thus will not work on your car upholstery. Also, you run the risk of damaging the colour in your car’s interior.
One of my favorite home remedies for mold on the inside of your car is white vinegar. Specifically distilled white vinegar because it’s stronger and you will need less of it.
How to remove mold in your car seats with white vinegar:
- Take your distilled white vinegar and put it in a clean spray bottle… make sure your spray bottle is VERY clean.
- Open up your car to let it ventilate for at least 5 minutes. You don’t want to work inside a car that is filled with mold spores.
- You’re probably going to want to find a paper mask (like a 3M mask) to protect your lungs during the removal of the mold. This of course depends on how much mold is in the car, but it’s always better to be safe.
- Spray the white distilled vinegar on the mold, and about 1 foot around the mold (the spores can be growing before they’re visible).
- Make sure the area is completely saturated. This will obviously make your car smell of vinegar, but it will go away once we remove the mold and let the car air out.
- Let the vinegar sit on the mold – DON’T WIPE IT OFF – for at least 10 minutes. This will kill the mold.
- After the vinegar has sat on the mold for some time, you can wipe off the residue left by the mold.
- Use a mold testing kit to make sure there are no more airborne spores in your car. If there are, it may be damaging to your health to continue to use the car.
- If the mold test kit still shows there is significant mold in the car, consider getting the car professionally cleaned or your upholstery replaced.
The white vinegar will clean up vinyl or leather car interiors much better than cloth, but it will still work on cloth.
Removing mold from automotive carpet is a bit more difficult, but you can still use vinegar to kill it. Also, Borax is a natural mold killer that you can use to clean carpets and hard surfaces of your vehicles interior.
I would suggest using a wet vac both before and after the vinegar to ensure that you pick up any mold spores from inside the carpet. Once you’ve used the wet vac to pick up any left over vinegar and mold, be sure to properly clean the vacuum to ensure you do not spread the mold that you’ve picked up. If your vacuum has a bag, dispose of the bag right away.
There are a number of carpet cleaning services available in every town as well that would be able to help you clean the mold from your carpets. They can cost a bit more, but it’s worth it if you need to save your mouldy carpets.
Have you ever had any problems with mold in a car? Let us know in the comments below.