How to Get Mold Off of Vinyl Seats?

Keep vinyl seats in cars and boats free of mold.
Keep vinyl seats in cars and boats free of mold. (Image: VENITIAN GONDOLA image by Pierre HELGER from

Vinyl seats need regular cleaning to prevent mold. If you notice mold on your vinyl seats, you can easily remove it with common household ingredients. Since vinyl is a porous material, it becomes more susceptible to mold. Protect your vinyl seats from mold to keep them in good condition. Vinyl seats will last longer when you follow the right precautions to remove and prevent mold.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • 1-gallon bucket
  • 2 tbsp. dish soap
  • Spoon
  • Scrub brush
  • ¼ cup ammonia
  • 1 cup water
  • Spray bottle
  • Bristle brush
  • Washcloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean towels
  • Vinyl protectant

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Remove loose dirt form the seats, using a vacuum cleaner. Use a hose attachment to get the debris trapped in the crevices of the seats. This will clear the seats of the debris, so that you can get the mold off without any distractions.

Fill a bucket with ½ gallon of warm water. Add 2 tbsp. of dish soap to the water and use a spoon to mix them slowly so that too many bubbles do not form. Dip a scrub brush into the solution, and scrub the mold areas to remove light stains.

Combine ¼ cup of ammonia with 1 cup of water, and pour this solution into a spray bottle. Spray the mold with this mixture, and scrub it with a bristle brush. Rinse the solution off with clean water to remove it from the vinyl seats. If you still notice mold on the seats, use rubbing alcohol.

Soak a washcloth with rubbing alcohol. Scrub the mold with the washcloth to remove it. Rinse the area with warm water to remove the rubbing alcohol.

Dry the seats off with clean towels after you remove the mold. This will prevent mold from forming because of moisture. Add a vinyl protectant to the seats to keep your vinyl in good condition.


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