Sydney cleaning pro Anita Birges reveals how she got insurance payout for her mold damaged car

A mum and cleaning guru who found her car covered in mold has revealed how she managed to get a huge indemnity from her insurance company.

In July, Anita Birges, who runs Mise en Place Professional Organising, found her car infested with mold after leaving it unused during Sydney’s wettest months.

In a video posted on Instagram, she and her husband Ryan explained, thanks to the advice of fans, they called their insurer who said that although the mold was a “non-claimable event”, the car was considered a write-off because it posed a “health risk” to the assessor.

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Cleaning and organizing professional Anita Birges (pictured) has revealed how she received a huge payout from her insurance company after she found her car riddled with mold in July

Anita and her husband Ryan (left) said they called their insurer who said that although the mold was a

Anita and her husband Ryan (left) said they called their insurer who said that although the mold was a ‘non-claimable event’ the car was considered a write-off as it posed a ‘health risk’ to the appraiser.

“I called the insurance company and the mold is a non-claimable event, but the appraiser wouldn’t enter the vehicle because it’s a health hazard,” Ryan said.

‘Which means it’s a write-off. It was dangerous for him to get in the car and we got paid. So RIP Mazda 3, show me the money,” Anita added.

In the caption, Anita wrote that the process took a while but it was worth it as they finally got what they wanted.

“Assessors have declared it a health hazard and unsafe for anyone to enter the vehicle,” the post read.

“We would never have thought of going to see our insurer without your suggestions.”

Previously, Anita didn’t know how to clean Ryan’s 2013 Mazda 3 after it was found riddled with dangerous fungi.

In one video, Anita can be seen recording herself and her husband standing outside the car which shows the green mold infestation growing on the front seats, steering wheel and carpet.

Previously, Anita didn't know how to clean Ryan's 2013 Mazda 3 after it was found riddled with dangerous fungi.

Previously, Anita didn’t know how to clean Ryan’s 2013 Mazda 3 after it was found riddled with dangerous fungi.

“This is what happens when you leave a car in hibernation during the wettest year Sydney has ever seen,” Anita wrote online.

The car hadn’t been touched in months and was reserved for Anita’s husband’s teenage daughter who was due to start driving at the end of the year.

“We had no idea when we went to pull it out of the aisle today that we would have this nice surprise,” Anita continued.

“To say I was completely shocked is an understatement. I have NEVER seen mold like this in my life!!’

Since the car was untouched after months of rain, it became the perfect breeding ground for mold due to a lack of air circulation.

The car had not been touched for months and was reserved for Anita's husband's teenage daughter who is due to start driving at the end of the year

“To say I was completely shocked is an understatement.  I have NEVER seen mold like this in my life, said Anita

The car had not been touched for months and was reserved for Anita’s husband’s teenage daughter who is due to start driving at the end of the year

Anita is known for explaining how to get mold out of leather jackets, bags, blinds, children’s toys and lunch boxes, but she didn’t know how to tackle the car.

As mold can have a significant impact on your health, it’s important to leave the cleanup to the professionals if necessary, which Anita has chosen to do.

“You know me, I’m ready to give anything a boost and I love finding a good DIY cleaning solution. But I’m not afraid to raise my hand and say it’s way too hard. to handle for me and that I need expert advice,” she said.

Seeking help online, she asked other social media users for recommendations and if the car was salvageable.

How to remove mold from your home:

Anita recommends cleaning the area first with a spray of homemade solution followed by a “prevention solution”

1. To prepare the cleaning solution, pour equal parts isopropyl alcohol and warm water into a spray bottle

2. Apply to the area and leave on for 10 minutes

3. Wipe with a microfiber cloth

4. Then prepare the mold prevention solution using 10 drops of clove oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil and 100 ml of white vinegar.

5. Spray the solution on the surfaces and the area around the house – such as the shower, window sills, roller shutters, etc.

Source: Anita Birges/Instagram

The Supercheap Auto website warns that mold can be a health hazard.

“If you find mold in your vehicle, it’s a sign of excessive moisture buildup – most often due to a leaking gasket around a door or window” , he says.

“Not only is mold smelly and unsightly, but it can also be very dangerous. Mold spores can cause serious respiratory problems, especially in children, the elderly, and people with asthma and other existing conditions.

“For these people, mold can cause nasal congestion, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or in some cases skin irritation.”