How to Get Rid of Car Mold

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Smells like sour milk or discoloration on the seats and carpet can indicate mold growing in your vehicle. If your vehicle has a moldy smell, you’ll want to eliminate the problem as fast as possible. To begin, you’ll want to clean and vacuum the inside of your car, then you can target the mold itself. Follow the instructions below to learn how to get mold out of a car, or contact our team if you have a concern or question about vehicle maintenance.

Steps to Car Mold Removal

Once you’ve had an opportunity to clean and vacuum the inside of your car with either a Weaverville cleaning service or at your Hendersonville home, you’re ready to target and eliminate the mold in your vehicle. Removing mold from your vehicle is important to keep your car clean and free of allergens. Follow the steps below to learn how to get mold out of your car.

  1. Completely remove any trash or other items from the inside of the car. Mold can spread quickly on wet surfaces, items, or clothing.
  2. Water damage from a sudden Black Mountain rainstorm can cause mold to form if your windows or sunroof were left open. Allow the interior of your vehicle to dry completely to ensure mold-growth doesn’t occur.
  3. Use a dry vacuum to clean your car upholstery. Be sure to vacuum everything thoroughly, including under and between the seats.
  4. Choose your mold cleaner from a local auto store or by using household items. White vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle is a popular option, and you can mix it with baking soda to remove odors. One part water and one part color-safe bleach can also work, but you’ll want to test a patch in an inconspicuous area first to ensure the upholstery isn’t damaged by the solution.
  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 or a soft bristle cleaning brush.
  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 or growing in other areas.

More Tips on Getting Rid of Mold

Follow these tips for more advice on car mold removal from Hyundai of Asheville:

  • If you find black mold in your car, make sure to use a dust mask. Black mold 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 with their equipment. 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.

Find More Car Cleaning Advice from Hyundai of Asheville

Now that you know how to remove mold from your car, read our other car service tips for information on the differences between wheel balancing vs wheel alignment and what the different lights on your dashboard mean, and how to fix a dent and scratch! Contact our service team if you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle maintenance, we look forward to helping you keep your Hyundai running for years to come!

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