Cat food + leaky trunk = mold nightmare
September 12, 2010 11:59 AM Subscribe
Mold in my car's trunk, very very nasty. I have a water leak, spilled some cat food in the trunk, and we had some very heavy rains recently. I've started cleaning it but want to know what's best to disinfect it, and whether I need to rip out the carpet.
posted by marble to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I've had a leak in my trunk for awhile now. I have had to use cups & rags to get the water out of the spare tire well and small wells on either side towards the back. The water didn't come back (or so I thought), and I was stupid and didn't get the leak professionally fixed. (I am not sure how it is leaking, the gasket seems to be intact).
So I had a small bag of cat food back there (about the size of two fists) that was a sample from the vet. Stupid me didn't throw it away, so stuff rolling around in the back busted it open.
Then the recent rains, and you can see where this is going. I saw the moldy cat food yesterday and started cleaning it out today, and I have a heroic friend who volunteered to help me.
First I got out all the chunks of cat food and the mold attached to them. Then I used Clorox wipes and sprayed with Clorox bathroom cleaner and Febreeze. It's now airing out in the sun. The smell when we started was vomit-inducing but now it's a thousand times better.
The spare tire well had water and mushy catfood in it, so we cleaned that out and cleaned the tire too. The carpet extends very far inward though, and I fear there is more cat food mush hiding underneath it.
So, my questions: What chemicals are best to get rid of mold in a car carpet-type situation? Should I rip out the carpet? (it is continuous with the sides so I imagine I could snip it just above the edge of the floor part and leave the sides intact.) The carpet is still somewhat damp.
Is there any way to keep the mold from coming back? Or are my odds good after removing the cat food itself?
I know I definitely need to take the car in to have the leak repaired.
Thanks in advance for any clues. This is by far the most disgusting mess I've ever created in my life, and I just want to get it cleaned & solved as quickly as possible.