Mold & Mildew In Vehicles

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Mold in Cars

Mold and mildew odor comes from the tiny organic compounds the species release as they grow and reproduce. When you smell mold in your car, you are usually smelling the gases the mold releases, not the fungus itself. This is why mold and mildew smells sometimes linger after you clean up the affected surfaces. This smell is often the first sign of a mold problem. 

If a vehicle has been flooded, its likely to be affected by mold. But before you take the car to the scrapyard, read on to learn about what mold and mildew are and how you can save a car that’s badly affected.

Mold Fast Facts

Mold is a fungus that’s made up of tiny organisms. In nature, mold plays a key role by breaking down fallen leaves, dead trees, and other organic matter. Indoors, spores can reproduce quickly when they make contact with damp or moist surfaces.

The mold species you’ll see indoors often are white, yellow, blue, green, or black in color. At first glance, mold may look like a stain on a surface. Oftentimes, it looks fuzzy or slimy.

Mold usually grows indoors when there’s excessive moisture. Spores travel through the air and begin to reproduce when they make contact with a moist surface. It can grow on wood, paper products, ceiling tiles, carpet, insulation, and many other surfaces throughout your home. Mold can also grow in your car if there are sources of moisture in your car’s interior.

Mildew Fast Facts

Mildew is a certain type of mold that commonly grows indoors, especially in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas with high humidity or moisture. It can often be identified by its musty odor.

Like other forms of mold, mildew grows inside when it’s exposed to damp surfaces. You might see it on your shower or bathtub, ceiling tiles, or basement walls.

A small amount of mildew will probably not cause any health or safety issues if you clean it up as soon as you find it. However, prolonged exposure to large amounts of mildew can cause sneezing, congestion, red eyes, coughing, and other cold-like symptoms.

How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew Odors From Vehicles

If your car smells like mildew, it’s important to remove the source of the odor. First, search the vents, carpets, headliner, and other areas to find and get rid of mold in the car. Be sure to thoroughly clean the mold or mildew with an effective cleaning agent.

Cleaning mold

Mildew smell can linger after you clean and remove the fungus. To get rid of mildew smell in car, you can use the PuroClenz Extra Strength Car Odor Killer. This mold smell remover is safe but powerful for getting rid of mildew odors.

  • Step 1

    First, remove all of your items from the car and make sure the entire interior is clean.

  • Step 2

    Then, fill up the PuroClenz cup with water, drop the tablet in, leave the car, and close all the doors.

  • Step 3

    The tablet will react with the water to create an odor-removing gas that will circulate throughout the car and get rid of all traces of mold or mildew smell.

Don’t Settle for an Odor Mask!

Unfortunately, many products that claim to remove mildew smell don’t actually get rid of the odors for good. They simply cover up the odor for a short period of time, but after a few days or weeks, you’ll notice that the smell starts to come back. To keep your car in great condition, you need a product that will truly neutralize and eliminate the smell.

PuroClenz offers odor removers that get rid of mold smells in one day. You don’t have to worry about applying treatment after treatment or covering up the smell with perfumes or air fresheners. Remove mold smells from your car once and for all with PuroClenz Car Odor Remover.