We know how cool it is to lower your car windows or the roof in a drizzling rain, but the smell that follows is definitely not!! Nothing can ruin your day if your car smells like damp rain when you get into it to head to work in the morning. True, that it is an avoidable problem. Yet there are instances where you cannot help car seats getting wet. Especially if you are travelling with kids, there’s always a chance for the seats to get wet.
The simplest solution is to put an air freshener to cover up the smell, but it’s temporary as you need to keep on changing the air freshener. So, wouldn’t it be great if you can permanently get rid of the smell than masking it up?
So here’s what we suggest for you to get rid of that annoying mildew smell. First thing you can do is to let it air dry. If it’s not a cloudy rainy day, open all doors and windows of the car and let it air dry for a while, or you can also use the car heater or the blower. Then we can move on to the harder options.
Using a Vacuum Cleaner
Before using the vacuum cleaner, try to locate where the odour is coming from. The moisture can retain not only on seats but also under the floor carpets and even the storage space where the spare tire is kept. It’s always better to use your hand to trace moisture. Then you can use the vacuum cleaner to dry out the moist places. Also make sure that you remove all carpets and mats and dry them separately.
Using Baking Soda
Baking Soda is yet another natural and cheap odour absorbent. Sprinkle some baking soda on carpets, mats and seats of your car and let it seep in for a couple of hours. Later you can either vacuum it up or simply pat it with an absorbent cloth.
Even though vinegar is yet another powerful odour absorbent you need to be extremely careful not to spill it cause vinegar odour cannot be taken off easily.
So the best you can do is to pour vinegar into a small pot and keep it in a sturdy place and let it seep the moisture for a few hours.
The wet smell/ mildew smell can be a cause of debris stuck on mats. It’s perfectly fine to use detergents to remove those stains, molds or culprits causing an unpleasant smell. But make sure you dry off the carpets well before you put them back inside the car. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any moisture residues.
Using Air Fresheners
We have kept this as the last option cause , you have to do everything to erase the smell from its roots first. Then you can use an air freshener to your preference. They come in different odors and sizes so you can make a good choice.