Car owners have been told to clean their vehicles deep every three weeks to prevent vehicles from being infested with mould.
Motoring experts at LeaseCar.uk advise drivers to use staple household products like baking soda and white vinegar to stop mould growing inside their vehicles.
Most drivers have started to experience window condensation as temperatures have begun to dip.
If the condensation isn’t dealt with correctly, it can cause humidity levels to rise, which welcomes the growth of nasty black mould.
The mould can start on window ledges, spreading across the car ceiling and eventually onto the seats.
The experts advise Brits to spend 30 minutes every few weeks giving their cars a deep clean to prevent an outbreak and to aim to keep the inside temperature at an optimum 20ºC.
From LeaseCar.uk, Tim Alcock said: “Most of us see window condensation as a regular occurrence, but we don’t realise the potential it has to leave a car covered in mould if left to rot.
“That’s why we’re urging drivers to take the matter seriously to prevent an outbreak from happening and, if any early signs of mould are spotted, to spend the time deep cleaning them.
“Giving the car a deep clean every few weeks for half an hour should solve the problem. Baking soda, white vinegar and keeping the vehicle temperature at an optimum temperature of 20ºC are all effective ways to fix the issue.”
How to Stop Mould Growth in Vehicles:
Sprinkling baking soda on the seats and along the window frame will help absorb the excess moisture caused by condensation.
Let the Breeze In
Opening windows to let fresh air in will help naturally reduce the car’s humidity to prevent mould from forming.
Keep the Indoor Temperature at 20ºC
The ideal temperature to have the car interior at is around 20ºC. Monitor the fan and heating to ensure it stays at the optimum temperature to prevent creating an environment welcoming mould growth.
A mixture of distilled water and three-quarters white vinegar will help quell any signs of mould growth. It may take an hour or two for the substance to work. Make sure to wipe it off afterwards with a clean cloth.
Vacuum the Seats
Grab a hoover to suck up any loose mould spores that may be lurking in the seats. It’s also worth vacuuming the ceiling to ensure it’s not lingering within the material.
Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an effective way to kill mould as it works as a natural antifungal substance. Pour a few drops onto a microfibre cloth and wipe down the interior.
Repeat the Deep Clean Process Every Three Weeks
Keep on top of the deep clean process to prevent mould from growing back, as window condensation will occur throughout winter. A 30-minute deep clean should do the trick to keep the mould at bay.
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