If you smell an unpleasant, mouldy odour when you turn the car air conditioning, the vents might be the culprit. The area between the vents is too narrow to be cleaned with a cloth and you are probably not equipped with professional tools the mobile car valeting technicians use. Still, that should not discourage you to try and clean the air vents on your own.
Make an inspection – the first sign of neglected air vents is the unpleasant smell, but before you proceed to cleaning, you have to make sure that there are no debris around the exterior air intakes.
Use cotton swabs to clean the air vents – dip a cotton swab in a special detergent, ideally an interior car cleaner, and apply to the vents. It depends on your personal preferences to use a scented or scent-free product but don’t forget that the scent will linger for a while, so you will have to put up with it during a few commutes.
Pay attention to the lower air vents – the air vents located under the dash are often overlooked by non-professionals. So, if you do not remember the last time you had your car cleaned by mobile car valeting professionals, chances are that the lower air vents require some attention, too.
Deal with the persistent smell – if you have cleaned the outside of the vents but the bad smell is still present, you will have to go an extra mile to eliminate it. The most viable solution is to change the cabin air filter. If you are 100% sure that the air filter does not need a replacement, you can simply clean it. Get a suitable disinfectant and liberally apply to the filter to kill the colonies of bacteria and germs. Similar to the above-mentioned cotton swabs method, the smell of the disinfectant will linger for a few days. If you do not like the idea of using a disinfectant, you can prepare your own cleaning solution. Mix equal parts water and vinegar and apply to the vents. If you wish, you can add a few lemon drops.
Clean the air vents with a foam paintbrush – if you have a few foam paintbrushes left unused after your last home improvement project, you can use them for cleaning the space between the vents’ slats. Dab the paintbrush into a cleaning solution and insert it between the slats to remove the accumulated grime. To remove the excessive amount of the cleaning solution, use a new brush.
Cleaning the car air vents is one of the tedious, yet essential cleaning projects you have to perform on a regular basis. Even if you don’t have enough time to do a deep car cleaning on your own, you should not compromise on your comfort and health. Contact the best car mobile valeting service provider in your area and get your car ideally clean without spending time and effort on that.
Fast Car Mobile Valeting is the perfect option for addressing this kind of tasks. Give us a call on 020 3475 2703 and book our service.