In a hot, humid climate storing cars can create mold problems. Here are some tips that will help you prevent and clean up mold on your vehicle.
As you might guess, window glass is not a food source for molds. It is actually the debris that accumulates on the surface—insect fragments, dust mites, etc.—that can cause mold to grow on glass. A disinfectant will clean up mold on glass.
Unfortunately, other parts related to the windows can hold moisture and create a mold-friendly atmosphere. Seals and door interiors can trap the moisture needed to grow mold. However, door panels can be opened and cleaned by a mold remediation service.
Mold is in the air—mold spores are tiny particles—and can infiltrate any place open to the air. Therefore, prevention is critical to keeping your car clean and avoiding the health risks of mold growth. If you car goes unused for weeks or months, be sure to take the following precautions:
Vehicle Storage Tips
- Clean your vehicle thoroughly before storage. Clear out pockets and under seats. Vacuum seats, mats, floors and doors to remove all organic debris that can feed mold.
- Look for moisture and wipe up any condensation as soon as possible. The track or seal at the bottom of windows are good places to check.
- Air out the vehicle. Periodic ventilation will reduce moisture levels.
- Run the defroster and heat to further dry out the air.