In our teenage years we often have a fascination with fast cars and jeeps – at least jeeps where very popular during my teenage years anyway. Part of the attraction is the ability to take the top off and announce your presence to the world. In high school I had a number of friends with jeeps and they all had one thing in common – other than their love of jeeps of course. There always seemed to be some mold lingering in their vehicles. Most likely this was because of the fact they had the roof of most of the time even when it was raining creating the damp conditions where mold tends to thrive. Of course this can be a problem for other vehicle owners – not just jeep owners. Here are 5 things you should know when dealing with mold in your car.
Seal the Deal
When you find some mold in your vehicle there’s no need to panic – you can get rid of it. Be sure to look everywhere though, once mold gets inside you never know where it might be hiding. We have an iPad car mount in our vehicle and I actually found some mold on the surface of it. It was one of the easiest ones to mount so once we had it in place we never really thought about checking it for that type of thing, but we noticed it in passing when removing the iPad from the mount after a road trip. We must have left the windows open a crack at some point – it doesn’t take a lot for mold to gain a foothold. The key is to always keep your vehicle sealed from moisture if you want to prevent mold in the first place.
Get Out the Shop Vac
While it’s easier to prevent mold in the first place it’s not always possible. Once it does take hold you want to remove as much moisture from your vehicle as possible and there aren’t too many better ways of doing that then by using a Shop Vac. These inexpensive indoor/outdoor vacuums are ideal because moisture doesn’t harm them. You can quickly suck up most of the moisture in your car with relatively little effort.
When you’re cleaning mold from your vehicle you need to remember to wear protection. Facial coverings and gloves are essential if you don’t want to get sick from the mold spores. Those tiny little particles are easily released at the slightest touch so a little extra precaution when cleaning it is definitely in order. Fortunately this type of gear is readily available at most hardware stores and is relatively inexpensive.
Good Ol’ Vinegar
It may surprise some that vinegar happens to be one of the best ways to clean up a mold problem in your car. It’s acidic qualities are ideal for eating away at the mold and will go a long way in helping your efforts to get rid of your mold problem. You have to be careful though, as vinegar can harm sensitive vehicle interiors. If you’re not sure what the effects will be it’s better to stay away from the vinegar and try a different solution.
Bleach as a Last Resort
If you have a real mold problem bleach can act as a last resort. This strong chemical can do some serious damage to your car’s interior though so it should always be used sparingly. If you do use some be sure to dilute it with water as straight bleach will almost certainly cause some kind of damage to your car’s interior.