Warm weather is on its way, which is a relief for most drivers looking forward to the summer. However, it also means more people will be tracking water into their cars from swimming pools, and more people will forget to roll up windows when it rains. We’ve put together tips for drying a wet car in order to help you keep your interior nice and dry.
According to NAPA, a wet interior isn’t just uncomfortable for passengers, but it can also do damage in the long run. In addition to mold and mildew, water damage can detrimentally impact the resale value of your car. It is important to keep your seats clean and dry, especially if you are looking to resell your car or if you are leasing.
If there is a lot of water, including standing pools, you want to make sure to get all of it out. Use a wet/dry vacuum in order to suck it out—be sure not to use an ordinary vacuum for this. If you can’t find one, many car wash facilities and gas stations also have wet/dry vacuums for affordable prices.
Airflow is your friend. Fabrics can’t get completely dry using a towel, especially under the surface. Prop up fans and open the windows to create optimum air flow. It is also a good idea to use a dehumidifier if you are in an enclosed space like a garage in order to suck the moisture out of the air.
Finally, get baking soda in order to prevent mold and mildew growth. Simply open containers and leave them behind each seat (do NOT sprinkle it on the fabric). Drying a wet car might seem like a hassle, but just a little work will keep you from emptying your bank account on a new interior in the future.