How to get mould off car seat covers

Updated March 21, 2017

There are a number of ways and reasons why mould can end up on car seat covers. From rain that is trapped inside a car from an open window to a spill that is not properly cleaned, mould is a common problem for many car owners. But don't worry, there are several simple and effective mould removal techniques. Some can even be made with ingredients that can be found in your kitchen or bathroom linen closet.

Remove mould and odour from auto seats using a peroxide- or citrus-based cleaning product or a household detergent mixed with water and vinegar. Use a cloth to spot-clean mould or use a spray bottle and target larger areas of mould.

Spray the citrus cleaner on the mould but do not soak the seat cover. Adjust the nozzle to a wider spray setting if necessary. Allow to sit for seven minutes and then blot dry.

Create a stronger solution for hard-to-clean mould. Mix 1.5 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of colour-safe bleach and 60 ml (1/4 cup) of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Dip a clean cloth in the mix and then rub lightly until the mould is removed. Allow to dry.

Spray with disinfectant cleanser. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then use a cleaning brush to agitate the mould. Use a cloth to dry. This will also eliminate any odour as well.

Keep windows closed to prevent rain from becoming trapped inside your car or absorbed in your car seats. If rain enters the vehicle, lower the window and allow the car seats to fully dry.


Always clean spills or trapped rain to avoid new mould growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Citrus-based cleaning product
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray disinfectant cleanser
  • Cloth
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Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.