When any vehicle smells musty the ride can be very unpleasant, especially when windows cannot be opened or when the truck is a home on eighteen wheels. It can take on a musty smell because of rain that inadvertently got inside or for a number of reasons. Forget about products that will temporarily cover the scent or odor-neutralizing products that do not really work. It is possible to get rid of a musty smell in any vehicle using natural solutions. Save money and try these cheap and easy methods that really work.
Begin by Solving the Moisture Problem
It is not possible to permanently get rid of a musty smell in a vehicle if a problem still exists. If the window is missing a seal, install a new one. If a sunroof is leaking, have it repaired if it cannot be remedied without professional assistance. Do whatever it takes to solve the moisture problem before trying to get rid of the smell in the truck. If the problem is not solved, the solution will only last as long as it does not rain or snow.
Thoroughly Clean the Musty Areas
Before trying to get rid of a musty smell in a truck, it is important to thoroughly clean the affected areas. Clean the truck upholstery and carpeting with the appropriate product, and follow product label instructions for best results. With the truck windows down, allow the fabric and carpeting plenty of time to dry. It must be completely dry before using one of the following methods to get rid of the musty smell, and the damp areas must dry quickly to avoid adding to the problem.
Neutralize the Musty Smell with Plain White Vinegar
When trying to get rid of a musty smell in a truck, after following the aforementioned steps, place open containers of plain white vinegar on the floor. Make sure the containers are heavy and will not tip over on the floor of the truck. Also, to avoid accidental spills and an additional odor problem, do not leave the containers open while the truck is in motion. After about forty-eight hours the truck should no longer smell musty if the fabric was properly cleaned and completely dry.
Use Fresh Ground Coffee to Get Rid of the Smell
Vinegar is not the only natural product that works well to get rid of a musty smell in a truck. Ground coffee works wonders on musty truck odors, and it is the natural product many truckers use to deodorize their trailers and cabs. Simply place open containers of freshly ground coffee on the floor of the truck. If the containers are deep enough and are not likely to spill, this method can be used while the truck is in motion. After twenty-four to forty-eight hours, the truck should smell like coffee instead of musty carpets or fabric. With the windows down the smell of coffee should finally dissipate, and the bad smell will be gone for good.