How to Get Rid of Mould in Cars, Clean the Cabin Filter & Keep Your Car Fresh
Introduction: Mould in Cars is Harmful, Here’s How to Prevent it
Mould is an allergen that can be found in many enclosed spaces. It’s important to be aware of how it can affect your health and take steps to prevent it.
The material that mould grows on is organic, meaning that it needs moisture to survive. Mould will thrive by sitting happily on food, animal dander, leather, and other damp materials.
Mould can also grow in cars because the car’s cabin is an enclosed space with limited circulation. Floor mats and the carpet lining in a car can harbour high levels of dust.
Step 1: Clean Your Car & Get Rid of Dust
Aside from washing and waxing the exterior of the car, the interior should be vacuumed weekly with a HEPA-filter vacuum and power head brush. The powerhead vacuum brush head stirs up the dust from the floor mats and carpet lining, giving it a deep clean. It should take you 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Use appropriate vacuum brush head for the car seats.
Using a damp microfibre cloth, wipe down the non-porous surfaces to remove surface dust. Then use a dry microfibre cloth to dry the surface.
Replace the cabin air filter every 10,000km or annually. This should also be done for the engine air filter as well. Go to your local Repco retailer to do a DIY cabin air filter replacement.
Step 2: Avoid Professional Car Detailers and Steam Cleaning
Professional car detailers will wash the car with a high-pressure water cleaner. This inevitably wets the interior lining of the car. Avoid using high-pressure water cleaners, steam cleaner or a steam vacuum.
Stay Healthy and Enjoy Driving Your Car!
If you suspect mould, you can hire a Building Biologist to do a mould air testing sample for laboratory confirmation. This will provide an accurate reading on the presence or absence of it.