This is a repost of an older blog we’ve published. We’ve added more details to the blog because we thought they would be helpful if you want to prevent mold and maintain your windshield. So let’s get started! Many people don’t know that mold can grow on auto glass depending on the circumstances. If the weather is moist (such as with certain early mornings in the spring here in Florida) and you’ve been neglecting your car for a while, you could wake up to find mold breeding on your car’s glass. This isn’t too common, but it does happen. As a result, it’s imperative that you take care of your vehicle and its glass in order to fend off mold and prevent yourself from having to get a windshield glass repair. Here’s all you need to know about windshield mold, what causes it, and how to prevent it:
What is Mold? Mold is an organism that grows fast and decays whatever it can. Mostly, it causes organic materials to biodegrade. Many have witnessed mold growing on old, leftover food and in damp, undried areas, such as wet car seats. Oftentimes, you can even observe mold on big garbage disposals.
Mold is part of nature and can be used for the creation of some types of healthy foods (such as Brie cheese), medicine, and antibiotics. In fact, mold spores are in the air all around us, and a little of them is normal. However, too much mold can cause allergic reactions and even destroy objects, and because it can damage property through biodegradation, it can be very problematic when it is found in a vehicle. It’ll eat through almost anything and cause health risks for you.
What Caused my Windshield to Get Mold? There are many reasons why your car’s glass could have gotten mold. For example, if your car hasn’t been driven in months and has been parked in an open area that entire time, then that could highly be the cause for the mold growth. Without change of air and if there is condensation all around the vehicle, then mold will find your car to be a great place for its development. At the same time, if you spilled water inside your car and didn’t allow it to air-dry long enough, then that damp area will nurture mold. Then, if that problem isn’t dealt with quickly, the mold will spread throughout your car, going far into the glass and leading you to get a windshield glass repair. Yikes!
Is Windshield Mold Dangerous? Windshield mold is highly dangerous. Too much mold anywhere isn’t healthy, as it can cause you to have an allergic reaction. Plus, having mold in your car indicates that your car is extremely dirty, and that’s not something you want to be sitting and breathing in. The most dangerous aspect of mold growing on your windshield, however, is the fact that it could be eating at the window seals. Over time (a very short time, since mold grows and eats fast), your windshield might even break from the destruction to its window seals. Driving would also become highly hazardous for you at that point.
- If you spill a drink inside your vehicle, wash it and let the area dry by keeping the windows open for a couple of hours or for as long as it takes to dry.
- Frequently turn on the AC even if you no longer need to drive that car.
- If the window seals are cracking or you can clearly see mold on them, stop driving your car and don’t attempt to clean the mold on your own. Instead, call a mobile windshield repair expert and have them replace that windshield with another one and clean the panel from the mold.
- Constantly get your car washed, paying extra attention to your windshields, windows, and mirrors.
- Don’t rely on rain to clean your glass. Rather, be sure to regularly use a professional windshield cleaner to spray the glass both inside and outside the vehicle.
- After long road trips, vacuum your car’s upholstery, especially if there are food crumbs left behind.
Windshield mold is certainly a rare occurrence to see, but if you do have this problem, then you should quickly take action to get rid of it. Though, taking precautions against mold will definitely assure you that you’ll never need to get a windshield glass repair because of such a matter.