How do I get mold out of a seatbelt?

I was cleaning my car and saw black spots on my seatbelts. I think it's mold—I accidentally left the window down three weeks ago during a huge storm, and while I thought I'd gotten all the water out, I clearly must have missed some. Is there any way to remove it?

Answer
“That’s an unfortunate situation; however, it’s very easy to fix! When removing mold from a seatbelt, you will need to kill the mold first.
To kill mold and mildew and to prevent it from spreading, you’ll need to apply heat as well as a cleaning agent. Here are some ways to easily apply heat:
  • Park your car in the sun
  • Use a blow-dryer
  • Use a steamer
Once you’ve treated the mold, you can try to get rid of the discoloration. You have a few different options here, too:
  • Vinegar and water
  • Dish soap and warm water
  • A bleach-based cleaner, if the seatbelts are on the lighter side
  • A seatbelt cleaner
After you remove the discoloration, be sure to let the seatbelts dry completely. If necessary, use a blow dryer or park in the sun to speed up the process. Keeping your seatbelts dry and clean will ensure that you don’t end up with moldy seatbelts again.
If these kinds of storms are common where you live, it might be wise to invest in flood insurance for your car. That way, if this ever happens again due to circumstances outside of your control, you might be covered for the damage that can occur.
The easiest way to find the best flood insurance to add to your current plan is to text or call Jerry agents. We’ll get you multiple quotes from top-of-the-line providers so that all you have to do is choose the plan that works best for you! And once you’ve chosen a plan, we’ll even help with all the phone calls and paperwork involved with switching, too.
Best of luck with cleaning, and I hope the mold cleans up easily!”
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 04, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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