February 9, 2012 11:07 PM Subscribe
How to remove water from my car, specifically the carpets - they squish!
posted by bendy to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My car has (hopefully HAD, thanks to some well-placed duct tape) a leak in a broken taillight lens that let the hatch take on some amount of water. Afterwards I'd be driving and when I braked the water would slosh towards the front of the car, filling all the foot wells with 1/4 to 1/2" of water. How do I hasten the drying process?
If there's no rain in the forecast I leave my windows open during the day, but there are only the front two - I'd need to leave the hatchback open as well to get a good cross breeze and I just don't feel safe doing that in the office parking lot. My car is in an open lot at night, probably secure but I'm not going to leave the windows down all night.
Sadly I don't have a garage, let alone a wet/dry vac or a nearby outlet to plug in a fan (my kingdom for a garage).
Would a car wash/detailing place be able to wet vac my car? I don't believe I've gotten to the mold stage, but is there anything I can do to prevent it? Is there some substance I could put on the carpets and (dry) vacuum up that would absorb the water? Giant car-floor-shaped sponges? A week-long trip to the desert?
So far I've been mopping the condensed water off the inside of the windshield every morning but that's not a quick enough solution. How can I speed up the drying out process?