How to Remove Mold From a Classic Car's Interior

Updated February 21, 2017

Classic cars are a passion for many people. Restoring them and showing them off provides their owners with a source of pride. Restoring the vehicles often requires a lot of time and effort. One common problem is mould in the car's interior. Care needs to be taken to ensure that the interior fabric and dashboard are not damaged during the course of removing the mould. This eliminates the use of abrasive chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. Fortunately, removing mould is not usually difficult.

Vacuum the interior of the vehicle with a vacuum cleaner containing a HEPA filter. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association recommends this type of vacuum for removing mould spores from homes; the same reasons apply to cars. The vacuum is also not likely to damage the interior in any way.

Wipe away any remaining mould with a damp sponge treated with a mild detergent. A little soap goes a long way in getting rid of mould, and it won't damage the car.

Spray any stubborn mould stains with a mixture of warm water and white vinegar in a 3-to-1 solution. Vinegar is a very effective natural cleaning agent that will also help eliminate the mildew scent from inside the car. The vinegar odour will dissipate naturally in minutes, and the water helps prevent the vinegar from being too corrosive for the car's fabrics.

Wipe the mould off of any hard surfaces with a scrubbing sponge, and use a scrub brush gently on the fabrics inside the car to eliminate the mould.

Things You'll Need

  • HEPA-style vacuum
  • Warm water
  • Mild detergent
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
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Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.