How to Get Rid of Car Mold

If your car smells musty or moldy, you definitely want to take care of the issue as quickly as possible. Warning signs of mold can range from an unusual, sour milk smell to discoloration on your upholstery or carpet. Follow these steps from Arrotta's Automax & RV near Spokane, WA to see how you can deal with car mold!

Steps to Car Mold Removal

Removing mold is essential once you recognize the symptoms, and if you’re getting ready to trade-in your car, it’s doubly important! Here’s what you should know:

  1. Remove any clutter, garbage, or other items from your interior. Mold can spread especially quickly on wet, porous textiles.
  2. Water damage from Coeur D’Alene, ID storms can often be the cause of mold. Allow the interior to dry thoroughly and completely before you begin cleaning.
  3. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any larger debris from your car upholstery. Be sure to vacuum your interior thoroughly, including the areas under and between your seats.
  4. Choose an effective mold cleaner. White vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle is a popular choice, and many mix it with baking soda for additional odor removal. This odor remover is an especially effective method against black mold. One part water and one part color-safe bleach may also work, but you will need to test a small spot first to ensure that it won’t discolor your upholstery.
  5. Open up all your doors and begin spraying down the interior of your vehicle. Take this time to use these cleaners your whole interior, not just areas with mold growth. This will help prevent future growth (and it could never hurt).
  6. If you’ve run into an especially difficult patch, you can try using an upholstery attachment on a wet/dry vacuum.
  7. After you’re finished cleaning, be sure to leave the car windows down or doors open so the interior can dry completely. Take note: if you leave your doors open, be sure to turn off your interior lights!

More Tips on Getting Rid of Mold

Follow this advice to ensure that you safely remove mold from your vehicle:

  • While you can take your car to be detailed at a car wash, they might not be willing to deal with the issue. In many cases, you’ll need to seek out a dedicated car cleaning service that has experience with mold.
  • If your interior contains black mold, wearing a dust mask is essential, as it may pose health risks.
  • Be sure to spray down your whole vehicle when cleaning to ensure that you truly kill the mold. Always remember that there may still be mold spores in areas that don’t look affected.
  • Enzyme-based cleaners are effective against many types of mold and can be found in nearly all hardware stores.

Turn to Arrotta's Automax & RV for More Car Cleaning Advice

If you choose to purchase a new or used vehicle from Arrotta's Automax & RV, you’re guaranteed a clean interior that’s free from mold. Our team reconditions each and every model that comes on our lot to be sure it meets our exacting standards. We invite you to explore our pre-owned inventory online and contact us with any questions.


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