lubejob None
11/19/17 12:01 p.m.

My first post. So does anyone how to remove or get rid of moldy old car smell from fabric interior? Car was stored for year no apparent water leaks or visible mold but has that junkyard smell. I put drier sheets and Febreeze during storage, didn't work.  Any suggestions anyone please.


Dirtydog Reader
11/19/17 12:47 p.m.

I have used to some success used Tough Stuff carpet cleaner.   First vacum, use a medium bristle brush, vacum.  Spray on carpet cleaner, set, brush. Vacum again.  Let dry.  Spray carpet cleaner, brush, vacum.   Detail interior with a low lustre treatment.  MaGuires etc.  The cleaner is pretty cheap, but somewhat time consuming.   OR.  Remove seats, carpet etc.  Steam clean or rent carpet cleaner.  Depends on how involved you want to get.

Tom_Spangler UberDork
11/19/17 1:04 p.m.

Of course, the first step is a very thorough cleaning with a carpet shampooer.  After that, I've tried a couple of tricks that worked pretty well.  One is baking soda.  It absorbs odors.  Sprinkle it all over the seats, floor, anything fabric, and let it sit overnight, then vacuum it up the next day.  Another is an ozone generator machine.  That's what detailing pros use to get rid of smoke and pet smells.  I ended up buying a small one, but I think you can rent them, as well.  Just let it run inside the car with the windows up for an hour or two.

lubejob New Reader
11/19/17 1:41 p.m.

In reply to Dirtydog :

Thank you, don't want to remove interior. Tough Stuff I'll look for it and baking soda.


lubejob New Reader
11/19/17 1:42 p.m.

In reply to Tom_Spangler :

Thanks and I'll look into ozone generator.

lne937s New Reader
11/27/17 10:20 a.m.

One other thing to absorb odors is to take a bag of unused crystal cat litter. Put it in a paper bag and place the bag in your car when storing. 

When you shampoo or use cleaners, be sure your car is completely bone dry before closing it up.  Also, be sure to replace your cabin air filter, if you haven't already.

93gsxturbo Dork
11/29/17 12:43 p.m.

Ozone generator is gonna be the best way, otherwise pull the interior (carpets and seats at least) pressure wash, let it sit in the sun for a few days, reassemble.  

The0retical SuperDork
12/17/17 1:13 p.m.

Clean carpets and a bowl of white vinegar left to sit overnight.

Sprinkling baking soda then vacuuming helps a lot too.

759NRNG Dork
1/16/18 5:39 p.m.

I once read that a plastic bag full of sliced Granny Smith  apples would pull the smell of death from a car interior....just sayin'

boxedfox New Reader
1/16/18 6:47 p.m.

Another vote for the ozone generator from me. I bought one of the ones that is just the plate and power supply (without a case) and zip tied it to a box fan. I've used it to deodorize everything from flooded basements to gear oil spills in the attached garage. 


amerson New Reader
3/5/18 1:19 a.m.

Using a steam cleaner is another effective way to clean the interiors and remove the foul smell.

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