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How to Remove Mold & Mildew from Car Seats • Cars Simplified

September 6, 2019

Today we’re going to be cleaning mold off of seats which is pretty straightforward, but you need to make sure you wear the proper safety gear. Mold can be really nasty stuff and it
can kill you. Make sure you wear a mask that can keep mold from getting to your lungs, and it’s a good idea to wear safety goggles and gloves as well. The tools you use will depend on the condition of the seat and what kind of seat you have. For example in this truck the seats were in good condition and were of cloth material so I used a big nylon brush. Seats made out of leather or cloth and poor condition may require a softer more delicate brush. For cloth seats you’re going to want a carpet and upholstery cleaner but for leather seats you will of course use a leather cleaner you will also want one rag per seat to clean up anything that the brush leaves behind a small detail brush will also be
useful for getting into corners. …And now for the easy part: Actually cleaning the seats! The easiest way to tackle this job is by spraying one seat panel at a time. For example I’m spraying the base of one seat here. The ideal amount of spray to
use differs from product product so read the label on the bottle. Using the brush
will allow you to work all the dirt and mold out of the seat. Rags don’t work because they don’t agitate the surface enough. If by the time the foam goes away
and you still have mold and dirt in the seat, give it another spray and keep
using that brush keep doing this until the seat is completely clean. While the surface is still wet from the cleaning product, grab a towel and wipe the seat off. You’ll be surprised how dirty it gets! It’s a good idea to do this to every seat in the car just to be sure you got
all the mold out of it. It’s also a good time to change your cabin air filter if your car has one. It will help you filter out the last of the mold floating around inside the car. There you are! Your seat is back to normal! Remember mold can be airborne and invisible! If you feel unsure about how thorough you can get, leave it to a professional. Also, test out any products, tool, or technique you have never tried in an inconspicuous area first so that you avoid damaging something important. I hope this video made working on your car a little bit easier. Let me know how it went for you in the comments below, or check out one of our other videos! Thanks for watching!


  • Reply AutOdometer February 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    They also sell HEPA filters that you can use to clean the air of your car. It’s an auxiliary filter that you put under your seat or wherever possible

  • Reply Jason Dodge February 5, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    hey thanks for this quick little tip. sometimes what is rudimentary or common sense for some people can be really helpful for the rest of us. keep up the good work!

  • Reply MrAlexisthebest April 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    What is the spray your using? Store bought or homade?

  • Reply Kelli Cees April 18, 2018 at 4:39 am

    How much is a mask like that? Looks expensive.

  • Reply Nathan Bryant June 12, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    What was the product you used to clean it?

  • Reply Henry Spangler July 18, 2018 at 1:26 am

    I commend your video for being extremely informative and very direct. I feel like I've been properly informed on how to clean my car seats. Unfortunately, this video does not provide any unique methods for cleaning mold/mildew, and the car seats you clean in the video have no noticable amounts of neither mold nor mildew.

  • Reply Cars Simplified August 12, 2018 at 4:24 am

    So, I tried to keep this vague in the video, but I have been asked what I used in the video.
    I used Meguiar's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner to spray on the seats:
    As for the other things you need, I looked for some inexpensive options for you; you don't need anything expensive to do this job right, as long as the spray does its job:
    Basic Microfiber:
    Detail Brush 3-Pack: (It comes with three types of brushes, the nylon one is for this job)
    Scrub Brush:

  • Reply Joe Dog January 6, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    What the best to remove mold

  • Reply oisinholz January 16, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    So I got a car from my neighbour a little while back, but with new laws passed recently I can't drive it until I have my full licence. Will cleaning the mould keep it away do you think? I would say I got mould because the car isnt in use, but I don't want to clean it if its just going to come back in a few weeks.

    I also bought a moister capture thing to hopefully prevent more mould

  • Reply Soaring Gulag January 30, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    I got Mold everywhere in my Jeep.

  • Reply Harrison Sutton April 24, 2019 at 4:49 am

    This was very well done! This is handy for cleaning cloth in general as well too!

  • Reply kids Amelia Art August 11, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Amazing video my Friend!👍👍❤️❤️ Very good!!🔔🔔💖💖🎈🎈

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