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Mold in Car - How to Remove it?

Have mold in your car? Learn why mold appears in the car and how to remove it. 

Why Mold Appears in the Car

Mold grows in warm places with moisture. This is the thing you need to understand before trying to resolve any mold problem.

If you think about it, why mold grows mostly in places like the bathroom and kitchen? Because there is a lot of moisture in those places. Chances are, you have experienced mold problems in your bathroom or kitchen once or even more times throughout your life. It’s common.

However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s nice and if you have mold in your car which is a place that isn’t immediately associated as a place with a lot of moisture, then you need to figure out how did mold get there. 

Think of recent things that could’ve caused this problem. Maybe you’ve left your car window or door open and it was sunny when all of a sudden, it started raining.

Once you figure out the moisture source, you’ll know how to deal with the problem. 

If you don’t, you may clean the mold successfully but it ends up coming again and making you even angrier than before. You don’t want this to happen, right?

How to Remove Mold from Your Car

First of all, you’ll need to dry the car out. 

Open up all of your car doors and windows and let it sit like that for some time. The reason why you should do this is not only because the awful smell in your car will be less-awful but the spores will air out. 

Mold doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. Its spores first invade the surface and then they start growing into the visible black/green unpleasantness.

You need to be aware that mold can be dangerous. Being exposed to mold brings in some serious health risks. This is why you want to wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself before you engage with the infected vehicle. 

After your air out the vehicle, it’s time to examine it. 

Take a look at the car interior. How much mold do you see? Does the mold seem to appear only on the surface or under it as well?

You may want to consult with a mold removal company at this step. Chances are that you are not trained to see the full scope of the problem, and that’s okay.

What’s not okay is playing the know-it-all and accidentally exposing yourself to a potentially dangerous mold type.

Once you’ve examined the car, it’s time to get down to business and remove the mold.

NOTE: DIY mold removal can potentially be very dangerous, as we’ve mentioned above. If you think that the issue doesn’t have to be dealt with by a professional, only then follow the next steps. 

Vinegar helps with killing mold. More specifically, white vinegar. This product can kill about 80% of all mold species

Know that vinegar can leave a very strong smell in your car. However, it may be worth the hassle if the mold is going to be totally wiped out.

You can use the spray or just pour the vinegar onto the surface. Wherever you see mold, apply vinegar to that surface, even if that means spraying the entire car. Do it. 

Give it some time once you’re done. We recommend you wait for about an hour. 

After that short wait, wipe the surface. Clean the visible mold. 

Doing this should deliver some results. If you can’t resolve the issue yourself, call a mold removal specialist to help you out. 


There is rarely such an annoying feeling as waking to go to work and then spotting mold in your car. We hope that this post was helpful to you in resolving this frustrating issue.

If you need more help, feel free to call us.

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