One of the most common problems faced by many Australian car owners is the growth of car mould across the interiors of the vehicle, especially your car seats. This problem is often faced when the car is not used for many weeks or months or where the car has been left in a place that is wet or moist.
First thing’s first – safety!
Be sure to wear some protective gear such as gloves, face mask and so on. Direct contact or inhalation of these particles can cause irritation. So, make sure you are geared up and covered head to toe before any car mould removal
Some car owners may have accidentally left the car windows or sunroof slightly open during last night’s rain, in which water has leaked its way into the car unnoticed. In other cases, water may have leaked in through the car doors due to poor rubber seals and waterproofing, leading to mould formation. Or forgetting to remove a wet towel or leaking beverage from the car only to find out weeks later that it has accumulated to mould growth.
Whichever your reason may be, dealing with mould is a complete nightmare and a huge safety hazard.
Mould formed in the car consists of a very unpleasant, musky and damp smell which will make it extremely difficult to bear with when using the car. The mould will permanently damage the car interiors in most cases and cause health problems and sickness if inhaled. Some of the mould which have turned a dark black in colour are extremely dangerous for health and should be dealt with immediately. Therefore, early treatment and removal is always recommended.
Dangers and Health Risk
The presence of mould in your vehicle can draw out hazardous health responses when exposed to it, especially being exposed to a fair amount of mould. You do not need to have an allergy from mould to experience the dangerous side effects of inhalation.
Health risk includes:
-Respiratory and skin irritations
-shortness of breath
These symptoms may occur by simply inhaling in spores release from the mould. We highly suggest to visit the doctor in case of enhanced symptoms or prolonged issues. In the meantime, a through interior car detail can help extract as much of the mould physically embedded on the surface of your car.
So, if you have found yourself in this stinky situation, we will run through how you can treat your car and address the mould infestation in no time.
Finding The Right Location & Settings
Car mould removal should be preferably done during dry weather, in bright sunlight, where all the doors and windows of the car can be opened out wide.
Inspect the car carefully to identify all areas heavily affected and see if you can identify the source eg. Leakage, water bottle and so on. Make it a priority to remove the source of the mould from the vehicle to avoid any further contamination. You can generally trace it back to the source based on the density of mould appearing in certain areas.
Car Mould Removal: Vacuum
Larger lumps and clusters of mould can undergo the first pass using a vacuum cleaner to minimise the growth at a surface level. Follow this through with an automotive shampoo or cleaning agent to sanitise the areas. The exposure to water, will make it easier to remove the stains, this can also be followed through with a steam cleaner as an alternative. Be sure to wipe down the areas thoroughly with a Microfiber towel with cleaning agents applied liberally. Avoid using mould removal cleaners designed for the bathroom as this can be harsh on the car interior and cause further damage.
Mould Removal: Shampoo, Agitate and Extract
One of the best methods in an interior car detail is to use a shampoo extraction machine with a brush head nozzle. Use the shampoo spray to apply shampoo once again, using the brush head to agitate and loosen the mould then follow through with heavier pressure to activate the extraction process. This will collect and store the mould in the dirty tank filter of the shampoo machine. The great thing about the shampoo machine, is that it also has a suction function to it, which will allow it to
After Mould Treatment
Once the effectively sanitised and the car mould removal process completed, it is best to allow the car to air dry preferably under the sun to accelerate the drying process. If you had any broken waterproofing rubber seals or malfunctioning windows, be sure to have those repaired right away otherwise we will be back at square one again. As for your towels, be certain to dispose of them safely and sanitise your shampoo machine after use as to avoid cross contamination. Please do note that as with any task, no matter how effective a procedure is, there is always an element of chance that mould could come back. Because it can exist at such a microscopic level, these things can happen. But, it is crucial to follow the right steps to help reduce the likelihood of it coming back.
Prevent Mould from Coming Back
Once mould removal has taken place, it is important that you learn from the mould outbreak. You should take necessary steps to prevent mould from returning. Otherwise, you will have to deal with the fungus and infestation all over again.
Here are some tips and guides to stop moulds from coming back.
Since moisture is essential for mould to grow, by eliminating any excess amounts of moisture from the premises, you can greatly reduce the chance for Mould growth. Any areas or surfaces that are susceptible to condensation, you can insulate them immediately to prevent it from occurring.
Keep Humidity levels under 60 percent. One of the things that you can do is, double check that your windows and doors are properly sealed. Sometimes moisture can make its way in after rainy weather due to compromised seals and waterproofing – a common mishap we have across many of our customers during rainy weather.
As much as possible, avoid drinking or eating inside your car. This will prevent any liquid spills or food crumbs to fall on the mats, carpets, or the seats. If you must eat or drink in the car, for example those with children in the back seating area, then always take care of spills immediately or any food that may have dropped in between cracks and crevices.
Keep your vehicle clean and dry.
Install Interior Fabric Protection: Ceramic Coating
Ceramic coatings are not just designed for the car exterior, but also a popular option for those looking to protect their car interior from stains, spills and build it to be somewhat ‘childproof’. By installing an interior coating on your carpet, seats and mats, you are essentially adding a durable and hydrophobic layer that repels liquids, dust and dirt. Which allows you to address any spills and beverage stains straight away before it gets absorbed into your car interior. This can also be applied on your leather as well as the car roof liner for added protection.
Want Mould Removal Performed By Professionals?
If you discover that you don’t have all the necessary supplies and equipment or just don’t have the time or expertise to do it yourself, we always recommend using a professional car detailer who would most often have all of the essentials and knowledge required. For these tough and disgusting situations, you can always leave it up to Schmicko to deal with your mould infestation issues. No one likes dealing with mould, it’s smelly, hazardous and looks unpleasant. Save yourself the nightmare and call us today.
Car Care Guru