AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Logo
How do I get the odor of mildew out of my car? Somehow the carpet in the back seat and under the driver's seat got wet while it was parked for two weeks at the airport, and now you can smell it from a distance.

Answers from the Automotive Experts

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Mary, I know you want to get rid of the awful smell, but you also want to get rid of the mildew that probably contains mold that could cause you health problems down the road. 1. You need to soak up as much of the water as possible. If you have a wet/dry shop-vac use it to suck up as much of the water as possible. If not, blot with towels to get most of the water out and then use a hair dryer to dry it completely. 2. Sprinkle with baking soda and work it into the rug with your hands. Let this dry 24 - 48 hrs and then vacuum out the baking soda. 3. If it still smells, you could lightly spray it with vinegar / water which will make your car smell vinegary for a while, but will eventually go away. 4. Last option is to call in a professional detailer and have them thoroughly wash and dry the rugs. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Contribute to this question:

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Honda Civic FAQs

  • My Civic has been fluctuating temperature when at idle. It’ll go up a couple notches ... Read More
  • Hi! I got into trouble last night. I was trying to reverse down a narrow street and ... Read More

  • If I wanted to buy a cover for my car what size should I buy ?

    Read More
  • We rebuilt the transmission in my 2001 Honda Civic DX. The next day after being rebuilt, ... Read More
  • I had a lil tap so i added a qt of lucas oil treatment now it blows white smoke when i ... Read More
  • Why does my car overheat when I go 65 mph? Read More
  • When driving my Honda Civic, its belts squeal. it starts accelerating on its own, and my ... Read More
  • Hi, I have a 2002 Honda Civic. When should I be worried about my car mileage? Read More
  • my camshaft pully has a piece broken off, will that throw my timing off or can i ... Read More
  • We just got the 84 civic and it turns on for a second and when it does stay on its ... Read More

Need Car Advice?

Ask The Experts!

Looking for a New or Used Car?

Search for our Certified Female Friendly® Car Buying Marketplace locations

Help Our Charities