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How to Get Mold Out of Your Car

mold remediation May 18, 2023
get mold out of car

 It can be very unpleasant to discover mold growth in your car. This type of growth can come from a number of reasons – water damage, high humidity, or other factors that can cause your car to have a moist car interior where mold can thrive.

How does mold get into the car?

Common molds (like black mold) will find a way to grow in your car depending on a few different factors. Primarily, mold growth is related to moisture and humidity that has found its way into your car and has not been sufficiently cared for. 

A variety of water based damage can help grow mold in your car

Water-based damage from a flood or prolonged exposure to water can create a moisture problem inside your car, cultivating the perfect environment for mold to grow. On top of this, leaky windows, a leaky sunroof, a bad air filter, or bad door seals can also introduce moisture into the car. It is important to make sure all of these possible entry points are sealed so that when it rains, or when you hit the car wash, no water gets in.

The humidity is something to take into account

Always consider the humidity of the area that you are in. Areas with high humidity are more prone to mold growth over time since moisture in the air can become trapped within the fabrics of your vehicle. Additionally, tools like steam cleaners can unintentionally result in mold if any excess moisture is not removed. 

Mold remedies that can help get rid of mold in your car

If you are faced with mold growth in your car, there are several effective remedies that you can try to eliminate your unwanted colonies. 

Try out white vinegar to remove mold

White vinegar is a household cleaning staple - even against mold growth. Take a spray bottle and  mix equal parts white vinegar and hot water. Spray the affected area(s) in your car and allow it to sit. Continue by scrubbing the mold away with a brush before rinsing with limited amounts of water. Any remaining dampness should be pat dry. 

Many people do not know the benefits of clove oil 

Most people don’t know about the antifungal properties of clove oil. To clean using clove oil, drop a few drops of the oil in a spray bottle filled with water. Spray the mold areas and let it sit. Then, clean the mold away like before. 

Baking soda is a good tool to remove mold

Baking soda has moisture absorbing and odor eliminating properties. Sprinkle baking soda on the moldy areas in your car and then use a brush to scrub the surface area. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the baking soda and the loosened mold particles. Ensure that the area is completely dry afterwards.

When using salt, make sure it is non-iodized 

To clean inside your car with non-iodized salt, mix a teaspoon of the salt with hot water and create a paste with it. Apply this salty paste to the moldy areas in the vehicle and let that solution sit. Then, scrub and clean like normal.

There are special products you can buy to remove mold in the car

On top of all of the above home remedies, there are also commercial grade products that are specifically designed for vehicle interiors and are very effective mold removers. 

What to do when you get mold in the car

When mold strikes, it’s important to act fast. Before jumping in, make sure you have the right tools to get the job done right. 

Wear protective gear 

When dealing with both mold spores, and cleaning agents, wear protective gloves, eyewear, and a mask. This is the best way to mitigate any risk of contamination 

Use a dry vacuum to get rid of mold

We recommend using a dry vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter in the areas affected by mold growth in your vehicle. This will help to loosen up the mold spores and prevent them from spreading throughout the vehicle.

Remove the mold in a sunny, dry area

Did you know that direct sunlight and fresh air can actually help you remove that mold? Make sure you pick a sunny and dry location to work on the mold in your car. Open all of the doors and windows and allow for fresh air circulation. Direct sunlight and fresh air will help to make the area dry, and also improves the air quality in the car. Both of these factors make the area inhospitable for mold.

How to avoid getting mold in your car again 

You’ve gotten rid of the mold, and now you want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. As always, prevention is key. Here’s our tips:

Keep your car dry, as mold thrives in wet areas

Inspect your vehicle for any leaks or bad seals. If there are any, address and repair them immediately, and dry any wet areas in your car to prevent mold growth. 

Make sure to maintain the cleanliness of your car’s interior

Staying on top of the cleanliness of your car will not only help you to be vigilant if there are possible gold mines for mold growth (old food, drinks, moisture, etc.), but it will also help you in being constantly aware of the state of your car's interior . While you’re cleaning, make sure to pay specific attention to areas that can get wet like your floor mats and any carpeting you may have. Not only have you gotten rid of any potential car mold, but you also have a clean car!

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