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I have a car that isn't running at the moment, but that soon will be. Where I live, it rains 7 days per week, and I've recently cleaned mold from the interior of the vehicle. What types of things can I do in the meantime to prevent the growth of mold while I wait for enough money to get the car back on the road and to get the window fixed?

Here are some ideas that I have:

  • Car Cover: Will this just trap in the moisture?
  • Arm And Hammer Baking Soda?
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A new, full body car cover should shed the water so it doesn't get in. It shouldn't bead up underneath, so there shouldn't be a moisture trapping problem.

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Since the car cover would make it dark inside, would that help the mold continue to grow? Should I put a heater in the car and try to dry it out on the inside as much as possible or is it better to cover the car? I removed all the surface mold from the interior, but I don't think I've got it all just yet as it's too damp outside to really take everything apart. –  jmort253 Mar 18 '11 at 4:19
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Well, you do need to get it dried out first. Then using the car cover will prevent the problem from coming back. –  trip0d199 Mar 18 '11 at 12:23
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The #1 solution is to fix the source of the leak, otherwise you will continually get moisture inside your vehicle.

They have mold abatement solutions designed to kill mold. take a look at this thread http://www.autopia.org/forum/pro-details-before-after/112826-1979-mercedes-450sl-complete-interior-mold-abatement.html

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I think getting a car cover and also this mold abatement solution is best until I can fix the source of the leak. I just put new carpet in it in August and had the entire interior removed, so I'd hate to have to go through all that again :( –  jmort253 Mar 15 '11 at 7:45
    
The thread showing the mold cleanup of the Benz is helpful. I used a towel to get the mold dust spots off the carpet. It looks brand new. As for the seats, I wiped them down. There is like a mold stain on the top of one of the door panels that I'll try to hit again later. I don't think the car is flooded like the benz, but the carpet was just oh so slightly damp. I also cleaned the windows so more light could get in, since mold tends to thrive in dark places. –  jmort253 Mar 18 '11 at 4:21
    
@NoCarrier - Easier said than done. All 3 of my cars leak to varying degrees despite seal replacements, trunk/hatch realignments, RTV, etc. Sometimes the best you can do is put towels in to soak up the water and keep rotating them. I hate this time of year when it rains every day. –  Brian Knoblauch Sep 28 '11 at 20:40
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I keep a big tub of Damp Rid or whatever I can get at West Marine in my motorhome when it's not being used to help keep the interior as dry as possible.

It seems to help, I usually empty the bucket out every few weeks and there's usually at least a pint or more of collected condensate inside.

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They sell this at Wal-mart, Home Depot, Grocery stores etc where I live. –  Mark Schultheiss Mar 14 '11 at 20:42
    
I'll have to check out Home Depot - thanks for the tip! –  kkeilman Mar 15 '11 at 16:55
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There is a product called Dri-It that will keep the interior of any vehicle fresh and dry. It is the same product that is used for ocean going containers to keep them dry while on the deck of cargo ships. It will absolutley prevent your car from growing mold, smelling musty, or other problems associated with dampness. The website is http://www.dri-it.com

Good luck with storing your car.

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