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How to Remove Mold From Cars After Flood Disasters

If you have had a major flood in your area, then you are probably aware that it can take weeks to clean up the mess. One of your biggest concerns is mold growth in materials throughout your home. The same goes for cars that were submerged in water. This post will discuss how to remove mold from cars after they have been flooded and give tips on preventing future disasters!


Remove all the water from the car as soon as possible.

This can be done by using a wet/dry vacuum, towels, or a Shop-Vac.

If the car was only partially submerged in water, start by removing all the visible water. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up as much of the water as possible. If there is still standing water, use towels to soak it up.

Dry out the car completely.

This can take anywhere from a few days to a week depending on how bad the flooding was. Start by opening all of the doors and windows to allow air circulation. You can also use fans to help circulate air throughout the car.

Once the car has dried out, spray it down with a disinfectant such as Lysol or Clorox Wipes.

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any traces of mold growing

After the disinfectant has dried, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any traces of water left behind in cracks and crevices throughout the car. This will prevent future mold growth that may lead to more damage later down the road.

Apply a disinfectant to kill any remaining mold spores.

Once the disinfectant has been applied, allow the car to air out for another day or two. This will help remove any remaining smells from the car.

Disinfectant will not only help remove any mold spores that are still present, but it will also disinfect any surfaces that may have been affected.

If you have a convertible, be sure to remove the top and clean it

The top of your car is susceptible to mold growth after a flood since it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to clean it using a disinfectant and allow it to dry completely before putting it back on.

Spray a mold cleaner onto the car's surface

Once the car has been allowed to air out and is completely dry, you can then spray an anti-mold cleaner onto the surface of your vehicle. Allow the product to work its magic on mold stains and smells before rinsing off with water.

Rinse off the cleaner with water and let it dry

After you have sprayed on the cleaner, use a hose to rinse it off. Be sure to let the car dry completely before driving it or storing it in a garage.


Once your car has been thoroughly cleaned and dried, you are ready to take back the road! By applying some of these tips, you can help prevent future damage from happening. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to a professional for more help.

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