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A damp golf cart cover would not be useful in storing golf carts. This can destroy your golf cart since rust will develop in your vehicle. Rust spreads easily. You need to occasionally check if the cover is still dry and if there is no smoke. You would not want your cart to catch fire and dousing it with water just to save it.
Opening the entire cover and air out both sides
The sun always make things smell better. Airing out your cover after cleaning it thoroughly would not only remove any bad odor but would also remove bacteria, it is a form of sanitation of sorts. Airing out your cover would allow your golf cart to breathe if it was stored for a long time and your cover would have a proper treatment it deserves.
Using an absorbent to remove odors
Protecting your cart is not enough, you also need to avoid making it smell bad. Storage usually lets your furniture have that certain smell of age. It could turn foul when other smells are introduced like the smell of animal feces. It would be better to use natural absorbent that you can easily find at home like baking powder with a touch of lemon to remove the bad smell of your cover. You just need to brush them on the surface of the cover.
Using an essential oil or fabric softener sheet to hide the odor
Essential oils and fabric softeners are said to be good to covers. They help in preserving covers so they would not wear nor tear. They are not too expensive and they can be easily bought in your neighborhood supermarket. Caring for your cover would ensure its longevity and also usefulness. Your golf cart would be properly protected if the cover is treated well too.
How to properly store covers in the future
Covers must be thoroughly cleaned before storing it. Do not store it without cleaning it first to avoid animals festering in it. Place it in an area that is dry and not damp since it would also cause foul odor. You do not want to use a cover that smells funky. This would transfer the smell to your carts as well.