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How to Get Rid of Car Mold

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If you’ve noticed a smell like sour milk inside your car, or discolored areas on the seats and carpet, you may have mold in your car interior. Winter weather and rainy days can attract moisture and cause mold in car upholstery, carpets, and other cabin surfaces. To deal with mold in car interiors, the first step is to thoroughly clean and vacuum the entire cabin. Then, let the Voss Hyundai service center show you how to get mold out of car upholstery and carpets the easy way!

How to Get Mold Out of Car Interiors: Step-by-Step

Not only is car mold removal a crucial part of routine car-care, but it’s even more important if you’re preparing to sell your vehicle in Centerville. Here’s how to take care of mold in car interiors:

  1. Clean up any trash and remove items from the car cabin. Note that mold tends to spread especially quickly on wet clothing.
  2. Another common cause of mold is water damage from sudden rain in Miamisburg. If the interior is still wet, allow the interior to dry before cleaning.
  3. Clean the car upholstery using a dry vacuum, making sure to get under and between the seats.
  4. Prepare a car mold removal solution. Many Kettering drivers choose white vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle, used with baking soda. This solution fights odors and is particularly effective against black mold. You can also try one part water and one part color-safe bleach, but keep in mind that it may discolor certain types of upholstery — so perform a patch test patch in an out-of-the-way area first.
  5. Open the vehicle doors and spray down the entire interior. The above cleaners will be effective on any area of the vehicle, not just those affected by mold.
  6. If car mold removal is proving difficult, try using a wet dry vacuum with the upholstery attachment.
  7. When you’re finished cleaning, remember to leave the car windows down to allow the interior to dry. Otherwise, the mold may start the spread again.

More Car Mold Removal Tips

Follow these tips to safely and effectively remove mold in car interiors:

  • Use a dust mask if you come across black mold. This mold variety can cause lung irritation and breathing problems.
  • For many types of mold, enzyme-based cleaners are your best bet. Most Bellbrook-area hardware stores should have them in stock.
  • Car mold removal isn’t a problem that can be taken care of with professional detailing service. If you’re preparing your car to sell, clean the mold yourself — or seek out a dedicated car cleaning service. Then bring your car in for detailing.
  • When cleaning mold from your car interior, be sure to spray the entire cabin. Mold spores may have traveled to areas that don’t yet look affected.

Find Expert Hyundai Service in Dayton

If learning how to get mold out of a car was simple enough, why not pick up a few more DIY car-care skills? Rotating your tires or checking automotive fluids at home can save you money and tell you when it’s time to schedule service. Contact the friendly auto service team at Voss Hyundai today!

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