How To Clean Mold Out of Car Upholstery

Wiping car interior

With many people getting busier and busier with each passing moment, cars are starting to become like a home or at least a semblance of it.  For a transient individual, it is often used as a place to eat or to sleep.  It's almost as if you have a dining room, a bedroom and a living room that you can bring anywhere you go.  However, there are downsides to this kind of lifestyle.  Since you are too busy, cleaning your car is something that will be at the bottom of your to-do list.  Soon, an odor will start to waft noticeably in your car giving it an unpleasant scent.  If you are hypersensitive, allergies will begin.  And then you wonder, what is going on?  What is causing that awful smell?   A moldy car seat is most likely the culprit.  If you spilled something inside your car and have not cleaned it immediately, mildew or mold will definitely grow.  It will cause a hazardous odor that is very dangerous to anyone's health.  However, there are ways that you can easily get rid of these unwanted organisms living in your car.  The good news is—it is very inexpensive to do.  To learn more about how to remove and clean mold out of your car upholstery, here are some quick and simple tips that you can effectively follow.

  1. Prepare a clean, preferable unused spray bottle.  Fill it up with pure white vinegar.  Used bottles may contaminate the vinegar, giving a different chemical reaction that can cause permanent damage to your car upholstery.
  2. Place your car outside or to any area that is not enclosed and has a good ventilation system.  Open all your car doors as wide as possible. 
  3. Get a clean and damp paper towel or sponge.  Wipe all the dirt, grease, grime and excess mold that you can see. 
  4. Spray a generous amount of white vinegar to your car upholstery.  Concentrate on the areas with mold or mildew.  As soon as you have successfully sprayed every moldy place that you can see, let it sit and let it dry out naturally.  Do not wipe it off.  The vinegar will kill all bacteria and will remove the mold.  Leave all the car doors open so that the smell of vinegar will not be too concentrated in your vehicle. 
  5. As soon as you are confident that your car upholstery is dry and that there is no smell of vinegar around you, you can close your car doors.

These are the things that you need to do in order to remove all unwanted mold growing on your car upholstery.  You do not even need to spend anything!  Word to the wise—it is very important that you make sure you clean not only the exterior of your car but the interior as well.  Do this regularly so you can avoid stubborn fungi that can cause health problems.  Be very thorough when cleaning. Ensure that you check and wipe every nook and crevice that you can find.  Good luck!


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