Car Mould Removal and Cleaning
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What causes mold?
One of the most common reasons for mold to form in your vehicle is the water entering through a cracked or badly sealed sunroof on a rainy day. Another reason could be the spilled drink you forgot to throw away. Basically, car mold is a result of a trapped moisture, stagnant air, and organic matter. If you’ve missed the source of the initial moisture, there could probably be a leak in your seals, or sunroof.
When and where does it appear?
Usually, mold forms very fast. It takes not more than two-three days after the “accident”. And it can appear, practically, everywhere. The reality is that it takes very minimal amount of moisture for mold to grow and only a few days for it to colonize. Anyways, the most affected areas are seats, headrests, rugs, headliners, carpets, seatbelts, even in the trunk, and other textiles. And as we mentioned above, it is very common for mold to appear after a spilled liquid, which wasn’t properly cleaned and dried. Another important reason is the lack of ventilation in the vehicle. Practically, if an area in your vehicle is susceptible to moisture, chances are that mold will appear.
How does mold smell?
You can’t mistake this specific smell. Mold has a musty, very unpleasant odor. Some people compare the smell to rotten wood or wet socks. There’s probably a big chances you’ve had mold in your house somewhere, so there’s no way you could mistake this persistent smell.
How can mould affect your health?
If you’re exposed to mould, there are a number of health risks. The sinuses and lungs are usually the first to be affected. Common symptoms could be: sore throat, wheezing, lung infections, asthma, eye irritation, headache, skin rash, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, respiratory irritations, nasal congestion, etc. And yes, these symptoms can occur from just breathing in contaminants or spores released from mould. The most dangerous species of mould that you can come into contact with is the toxic black mould. It can cause very serious health problems and even deadly diseases, only by breathing it. The first signs of exposure to it begin with coughing, sneezing, skin rash, memory loss, headache, chronic fatigue, and mental confusion. All this can lead to muscle cramps, vomiting, hair loss, bleeding in the lungs, anxiety, bleeding nose, etc. As you can see, mould is not something you can neglect.
How can you discover mould in your vehicle?
It’s very hard to mistake it. Just trust your sense. If you sense mould, when you get in your vehicle, then there is a big chance that your car has this unpleasant problem. If you decide to look for the services of professional car detailers, one of the first things they will do is to look through the entire vehicle to see if they can see whatever issue caused the mould to form in the first place. As we mentioned, mould growth is usually caused by something in the car letting in moisture. And it could be a lot of things such as: spilled water bottle, wet shoes, damp towels from a day at the beach, wet umbrella, faulty auto air conditioner, parking your car inside an enclosed, mouldy space, etc.
How is mould removed from the vehicle?
Once the professionals discover the source of the mould, it’s time to get rid of it. Most often, a few steps are required for this purpose. First of all, a vacuum cleaner is needed in order to remove any loose mould. Next follows a sponge or a brush, with a strong cleaner. This step ensures that all remains will be cleaned up, and also eliminate any stains that occurred while the mould was growing. Usually, the final step is the surfaces to be wiped down with a disinfectant. It’s usually a combination of bleach and water, because it’s very effective at killing off any lingering spores. Next, the area will be properly dried. Usually, the whole package of mould removal includes:
- Removing seats
- Ozone treatment and HVAC system cleansing
- All surfaces of the interior will be cleaned and prepped. This includes center console, door cards, vinyl/plastic surfaces, dashboard, etc.
- Cleaning and wiping of windows
- Spot treating/scrubbing carpets/upholstery, plus steam cleaning and shampooing.
- Cleaning and conditioning leather surfaces
- High quality deodorization and disinfection, and air-scrubbing
- Treating the surfaces with a safe antimicrobial/antifungicidal and photosynthesizing neutralizer
How to prevent mould occurring in your vehicle?
The first thing you should consider, in order to prevent mould growth onto your vehicle’s upholstery and surfaces, is to stop moisture from entering. You should check for any cracks or other open areas, as well as taking care of spilled liquids on time, followed by a proper drying. When you leave the vehicle, make sure that all windows and sunroof are closed. This way you’ll prevent rain from entering. Make sure to regularly vacuum up any crumbs or bits of food that might have fallen on the floor mats. And make sure that your vehicle is well ventilated. By doing all these things, you can prevent future mould occurs. Those are some very simple things that can save you a lot of problems.
It takes just a bit of moisture and warm environment for mould to grow. If you care about your vehicle, about yours and the health of your loved ones, make sure to keep your vehicle clean. It doesn’t take much. But if you have the “mould problem”, don’t delay it! Make sure to look for the services of professional car detailers. If you need more information, feel free to contact us.
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