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How to Get Rid of Car Mold

Cleaning the Car Carpet

If you live in an area with high levels of humidity or rainfall, there may be a higher risk of mold developing in your car. Fortunately, you can learn how to get mold out of car seats, carpet, and other cabin surfaces. Before attempting to remove mold in a car, thoroughly clean and vacuum the entire cabin. Then follow the step-by-step car mold removal guide below from the Sunrise Chevrolet service center!

Mold Safety

Before you learn how to get mold out of car carpet and upholstery, it’s important to take some safety measures to protect yourself. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth so you don’t breathe in any mold, and wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from cleaning chemicals. It’s also not a bad idea to wear clothing that completely covers all of your skin.

How to Get Mold Out of Car Carpets & Seats

Learning how to get mold out of car upholstery and carpets is a great way to save money on cleaning services, especially if you plan to sell your vehicle. Follow these steps to remove mold in car interior surfaces. The moment you see or smell mold, it’s important to get the mold out of your car without delay. Mold can cause serious health problems and it will certainly make for an unpleasant ride in your car. So, follow these instructions for how to get rid of mold in a car:

  1. If the interior is still wet, allow it to dry before you begin cleaning.
  2. Collect and dispose of any trash inside the cabin.
  3. Vacuum the upholstery, including under and between the seats.
  4. Carefully clean all seating surfaces with an appropriate car mold removal solution. For a solution that fights odors and is particularly effective against black mold, try applying a mixture of white vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle, and scrubbing with baking soda. One part water mixed with one part color-safe bleach will also work, but be sure to spot-test first because bleach can damage your upholstery.
  5. Open all doors, and spray down the entire interior with your car mold removal solution.
  6. Mold in car carpets and fabric seat upholstery can be stubborn, so try using a wet-dry vacuum with the upholstery attachment.
  7. After you successfully get the mold out of your car, remember to leave the car windows down so that the interior can dry completely.

If you had any personal items in your car that could have also attracted mold, such as clothing, backpacks, handbags, etc., you should take steps to clean them as well. Anything that can be put in the washing machine should be put through a hot water cycle with laundry bleach and detergent. Other items can be sprayed with fabric-safe cleaner and air-dried.

More Car Mold Removal Tips

Here’s what you need to know for safe and effective car mold removal:

  • Use ventilation if you spot any black mold. Black mold in car interiors can cause lung irritation and breathing problems.
  • If you’d rather purchase your car mold removal solution, look for enzyme-based cleaners. They work best for most mold varieties and are stocked by most Chicago-area hardware stores.
  • Some car detailing services in the Carol Stream area can provide professional car mold removal. Just be sure to ask if they provide this level of cleaning service before you schedule an appointment.
  • Mold spores may have traveled to areas that don’t yet look affected, so be sure to spray down the entire cabin with your cleaning solution.

Find Expert Chevrolet Service in Glendale Heights

Now that you know how to get mold out of car interiors, why not add a few more skills to your DIY car-care toolbox? Whether you’re wondering how to change a cabin air filter or how to save fuel on your Addison commute, certified Chevrolet technicians at our service center in Glendale Heights are standing by to help out! Contact us today with any questions related to how to remove mold from car carpet.

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