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Tips for Drying Out A Wet Car

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We all love our cars, and try to treat them well. Despite our best intentions, sometimes the interior of a car will get wet, either from a grocery spill, an open window in a rain storm, or a poorly maintained door seal. Once the water is in, though, how do you get it out?

First things first, if there is sitting water in the car, get it out using a wet/dry vacuum. Make sure that the vacuum is actually meant for water, though, or you could short it out or get electrocuted when using it. Make sure to use any detailing tools to get as much water out of the tight places of your car’s interior. Some cars also have drain plugs in the floor that can be used to let the water escape.

Once all of the sitting water is gone, remove any floor mats and hang them in the sun, the garage, or a well-ventilated bathroom to allow them to dry. Break out some fluffy towels and use them to soak up any water on the seats or still stuck stubbornly in the carpet. The experts at NAPA Auto Parts recommend steering clear of paper towels, because cloth towels absorb water better.

After using towels, the next best thing is airflow. This might be difficult for car owners who don’t have access to a garage, but try to leave the car doors open for about a day to let the car finish drying out naturally. If that’s impossible, a hair dryer or fans can help speed up the process, but good ventilation later on is still recommended.

To guard against smells, purchase moisture absorbents, like rice, baking soda, or specially-made products that sap moisture and smells out of the air. This will trap any remaining moisture that might evaporate from the affected area as time goes on.

Hopefully you will never have to use these tips to get water out of your car. If the worst should happen, though, at least you will be prepared.

Source: NAPA Auto Parts