How to Get Rid of Car Mold

Inclement weather or other unfounded events could lead to a moldy smell inside your vehicle. If you don’t act quickly, you will find that this smell will just continue to linger over time, and that’s not good for you or the resale value of your vehicle. Here are some tips to get rid of car mold — but we also offer detailing services that can get the job done without you getting your hands dirty.

How to Clean Upholstery

If the mold starts to grow in the upholstery, just know you’ll have a lot of work to do to get rid of the smell. That’s because mold sinks into the upholstery, making it difficult to eliminate it. However, car mold removal on upholstery can be done with the use of white vinegar. Here’s how:

  • Put white vinegar on the affected area. White vinegar is a natural and chemical-free way to get rid of mold. Mix 8 parts vinegar with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray the area with the water-vinegar solution.
  • Let the solution sit for at least 20 minutes to soak up the mold.
  • Use a wet-dry vacuum to soak up the water-vinegar solution after 20 minutes.

Keep in mind that the vinegar solution will make your vehicle smell like vinegar, but you can try to alleviate that by using Borax or baking soda to help absorb the smell. You should also keep in mind that the vinegar smell will deteriorate over time — unlike the smell of mold.

Cleaning Car Seat

Cleaning Car Dashboard

Cleaning Hard Surfaces

When the mold in your car is on hard surfaces, you’ll need to clean it another way. If you can physically see where the mold is growing, you’ll need to remove it using a scraper. Just be sure to wear a mask so you don’t breathe the mold. Once you’ve removed the mold from the surface, you’ll need to clean the surface. Once again, using vinegar can help you remove the mold in a natural way.

Post Car-Cleaning Care

Once you’ve removed the mold from your vehicle, you’ll need to do some post-cleaning care. For instance, if the mold occurred because of a leak, you’ll need to fix the leak — you can have any such issues handled at our service center. If there’s still moisture in your vehicle, letting a dehumidifier run for a while can help. Finally, be sure to close all windows and doors in wet conditions to keep your car’s interior dry.

Get Your Car Detailed at Continental Mazda of Naperville

Nobody wants mold in their car, and trying to clean it yourself can be an unpleasant proposition. Fortunately, the detailing experts at Continental Mazda of Naperville are up to the task! Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you at our dealership near Plainfield.

Why Buy From Continental Mazda of Naperville?

Drivers from Joliet, Aurora, and the rest of Chicagoland keep coming back because we put our customers first. Here are just a few of the ways we show it:

  • When you need to bring your car in for service, we can offer you a loaner vehicle so you won’t have to put your life on hold while we’re working on your vehicle.
  • With our Cruise online car-buying service you can complete the entire car-shopping process from the comfort of your own home, from selecting a model to financing and even delivery.

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