If you’re not the type that makes use of your vehicle often, there’ll come a time when molds will start forming in various parts of your vehicle. Molds come in multiple forms; for instance, there are the harmful black molds and the harmless white molds. Most people are not informed on these details; however, various kinds of mold can be seen in growing particular areas, and spotting the difference between them can be seen as quite complex. It is why many of us decide to tag all kinds of molds as bad and harmful, which is understandable because they are known to make places unhealthy and uncomfortable.
The best and easiest way to remove mold from the interior of a car is to apply white vinegar. It’s important to remember that you must have rags and water on hand as well. It is very vital to make sure that your vehicle is free from them because these molds contain spores, and breathing these spores in can have detrimental effects on your health. It is why in this article, we will be looking at the various ways we can get rid of molds in the interior of our vehicle, but first, let’s get to know more about Molds.
What Does Mold Look Like?
Molds are flurry looking fungus that appears in various colors. They are a toxic and harmful fungus that thrive in certain conditions, like dark and damp environments with a 60-80-degree temperature level.
It is under such circumstances that molds will find their way into various places and, in this case, your car. It is why we emphasize the importance of dealing with these molds whenever we see their growth.
Black molds are generally toxic and dangerous and feature a lot of unhealthy symptoms and ugly effects. Apart from having bad effects on your car, molds come with some health hazards to the driver. These include allergy, bloating, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, and a host of other dangerous physical health risks.
Tips to Remove Mold from Your Car
There’s no doubt the formation of molds in your car can cause the interior of the car to lose its form and aesthetics. As a car owner, you must do everything possible to get molds off your car as soon as you discover them, even if you’ll not be using the car after that. Usually, the upholstery of your car often accommodates much of the molds that form inside your car.
The first thing to consider when you plan on removing molds from your vehicle is to plan to expose your vehicle to a sunny area. Since molds thrive in damp and humid conditions, it’s best to position your vehicle in a sunny location, open the doors and windows to allow the sunlight to kill some of the mold spores.
Once your vehicle has been under the sun for up to 15 minutes, you can prepare for the realistic approach. I recommend you put on gloves and goggles if possible, for protective measures.
- Declutter the Large Clusters of Mold Spores
Try making use of a brush to gently brush up the large cluster of mold spores in your vehicles. It has to be done gently so that most of these spores don’t get to spread all over your vehicle. Once you’re done with the brush, you can use a wet vacuum to suck up every single mold spore that was freely released all over your vehicle while brushing the clusters. In the case of stubborn molds that are difficult to get rid of, you can try using white vinegar.
- Apply White Vinegar to Remove the Mold
Get a distilled White Vinegar and mix with some water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray in all the areas where the remaining mold clusters are and leave for 15 minutes for the reaction to kill the molds. Get a wet vacuum after this and suck out all the spores in your vehicle and leave the vehicle open to fresh air for about 15 minutes.
- Applying Salt to Removing Mold
One of the best methods to remove mold from the interior of your car is to apply salt to the affected areas. Although it is similar to the use of distilled white vinegar, the salt method of eliminating mold requires the use of non-iodized salt.
Apply a mixture of salt and a full bucket of water (take appropriate measure) to the moldy section in your car. Cover both the moldy surface and some unaffected area (measuring few meters adjacent to the moldy part) to ensure the mixture doesn’t get to other areas.
Allow the mixture to dry for some minutes to allow salt crusts to form. Make sure the drying agent is air circulation and direct sunlight. Once dry, scrub off the crusts. You can repeat this process as you deem it necessary.
- Use Oil of Cloves to Eliminate Mold
If you’re a DIY type of person, you may want not want to consider this method. Although highly effective, removing mold with Oil of cloves can be tricky and difficult to come by. Yet, it is a powerful method that quickly kills molds. It requires the use of the essential clove oil that helps to kill and prevent mold and spores from growing on the car.
To prepare this mold-killing solution, you need to have the following supplies:
- A small portion of clove oil- about ¼ of the teaspoon
- Water (one liter)
- Spray bottle
- Dry cloth
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
First off, produce a paste from the mixture of white vinegar, clove oil, and baking soda. With the help of the old toothbrush, quickly apply the paste to all the nooks and crannies of the interior of your car. Allow it to dry for a couple of minutes before wiping off. This method is suitable if you’re removing mold from a hard surface.
For a method that works on both soft and hard surfaces, add about 4 liters of hot or warm water to a half-full cup of white vinegar. Add a tablespoon of baking soda, and pour the mixture in a clean spray bottle. Make sure you cover the moldy sections of your car. Allow the mixture to dry off for a few minutes (the longer the better). You’ll need to rub the mold off the moldy surroundings of the car using clean water. You can also use a wet-dry vacuum to suck up the mold.
How to Prevent Future Mold?
Before we talk about preventing mold from resurfacing, you may want to deactivate the bad smell that follows the use of these substances on your car. All you have to do is to use the air freshener to defuse the foul odor.
Now, let’s get back to the ways of preventing mold. Once your vehicle is free of mold, you’ll have to put in some preventive measures. Make sure there’s no way for water to leak into your vehicle. Wash the seat covers of your vehicle and allow them to dry before you put them back. Since molds thrive in humid conditions, you might also want to get a dehumidifier for your vehicle to ensure that your vehicle stays free from molds always.
You now know what it takes to get rid of mold growths in your vehicle. Mold problems have been a significant problem most of us have had difficulties dealing with, but I believe these DIY tips will help you keep your vehicle interior mold-free.