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How to Get Mold Out of Your Car

Accidents happen. Sometimes you drop your coffee during your Baytown commute, or your child spills their milk on a family getaway. You may notice a sour smell or discoloration on the seats and carpet. When you notice mold in your car, it’s best to take care of the problem quickly. Take care of the problem yourself and learn these steps for car mold removal from Baytown Nissan. While you’re freshening up your interior, learn how often you should change your air filter.

Steps to Remove Mold in Car

Between errands around La Porte, commuting to work, or long road trips, drivers can spend a lot of time in their vehicle. When an accident happens, car mold removal not only helps keep a car clean, but also helps stay on top of messes when it’s time to sell the vehicle. Follow these steps for how to get mold out of a car:

  1. Take out any trash or other items from the inside of the car. Mold easily spreads on wet clothing and surfaces. 
  2. If mold forms because of unexpected water damage from a sudden rainstorm, allow the interior to completely dry before cleaning. 
  3. Clean the affected surfaces with a dry vacuum. Make sure to get under and between the seats. 
  4. A popular option to clean mold in a car is a mixture of white vinegar and hot water. This can also be mixed with baking soda and is particularly effective against black mold. Another mixture is one part water, part color-safe bleach. Be sure to test a patch out of the way first to ensure it doesn’t discolor the upholstery. 
  5. Open all the doors and spray the interior with the mixture created. The solution can be used as an all-purpose cleaner for any area of the vehicle, not just areas with mold in the car. 
  6. If a deeper clean is needed, try the upholstery attachment on a wet/dry vacuum.
  7. Once the mold is removed, leave the car windows open so the interior can dry. Ensure it dries completely or else there’s the risk of the mold spreading. 

Mold Removal Tips

To ensure your safety, take a look at these steps for safely removing mold out of a car: 

  • Black mold can irritate the lungs and cause breathing problems. Be sure to use a dust mask to prevent inhaling mold. 
  • Other Enzyme-based cleaners can be found at most hardware stores and are suited to handle many types of mold. 
  • Detailing a vehicle may handle the mess, but it is unlikely to tackle the mold problem. Liberty drivers can either take care of it themselves or find a service specifically handling mold. 
  • Mold spores can spread to other areas without being visually affected. When cleaning, be sure to cover the entire vehicle to remove the mold. 

Learn Other DIY Tips with Baytown Nissan!

If you’re interested in how to get mold out of your car, you might be interested in these other DIY tips for your car care. Take a look at our service tips and tricks like how to check your oil or learn how often you should rotate your tires. Contact us and we’ll helpfully assist you with all your car care needs. 

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