Car Cleaning – How To Remove Mold & Mildew

Car Cleaning – How To Remove Mold & Mildew

Although it was a horrifying experience for homes and vehicles in Midland and Mount Pleasant, your chances of defeating the mold and mildew caused by this are in your favor. With a quality and professional interior detailing your car can be safe again.
What precisely is Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew as we know come in many forms. Some are green, black, gray or even white. Typically you will find them on damp surfaces like bathroom and basement walls or items nearby as most in Michigan with a basement is aware of the high humidity and run a humidifier to combat this. Often we find ourselves in a situation where it is out of our control like when we had the floods last year.

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Side effects of breathing Mold and Mildew can be dangerous to your health. Simple car cleaning steps will ensure you won’t have any long-term health effects.

Is Mold and Mildew Perilous?
The quick answer to this is yes! Mold and Mildew can often cause long-term health effects. Prolonged exposure to either can give you respiratory problems. Some will experience coughing, headaches, scratchy throat and lung problems and can even start growing in your lungs. So for obvious reasons, this is a big concern that should be handled quickly and properly by a professional.

Where Does It Originate From?
Whether its mold, mildew or bad odors needing to be removed you always have to find the source. Without finding the source you run the risk of it coming back and continuing to grow. At this point in a flooded vehicle, it’s evident that most or all of the saturated areas are 100% affected and need to be treated. These cases are advisable to have a trained professional such as us to eradicate the mold and mildew. If left it can and will spread further into your car and could ultimately destroy the interior of your vehicle resulting in needing it all to be replaced.

A great way of finding an originating source would be from an odd scent occurring from a particular area of your vehicle. Molds will discharge a foul odor inside of your vehicle often making it difficult to find a source at times.

How Can I Remove Mold & Mildew Myself?

To remove the mold and mildew yourself you will first want to take precautions to protect yourself from potentially irreversible health risks.

 

Things you will need:

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Soft bristle brushes designed for upholstery are highly recommended and are safe on sensitive surfaces.

Latex Gloves
Filtered Mask
Biological Cleaner
Microfiber Towel
Upholstery Brush
Heated Extractor
Strong Vacuum
Crevice Tools
Ozone Generator

These will keep you safe as well as prevent the possibility of further spreading. With gloves and a filtered mask on, spray the area(s) with the biological cleaner designated for mold and mildew. Remember, any product you use you must always read the labels and make sure they are safe for you and your vehicles substrates. Generously spray the affected areas with the cleaner. Begin working it in with a microfiber towel or upholstery brush for harder to clean areas making sure not to prematurely wear the area down. Once completed, begin using a wet vac or heated extractor which will pull out mold and mildew residue. After the interior has fully dried, and not before. You can set up the ozone generator to remove any residual odors.

For harder to reach areas, as well as plastic trim pieces. Use a damp microfiber towel along with the biological cleaner. Use hard bristle brushes to work the porous plastics. Not being done may result in the mold producing again.

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