Yep. I’m speaking from experience on this one. It all started on Saturday when my handsome, weekend mechanic changed the oil in our cars. After I drove my car off the ramps I parked it on the street so Brad could work on our other cars. I was going to move my car back into the driveway when he was done, but it started to rain so I decided I’d move it in the morning. While Brad and I were watching this documentary (yeah, we’re worldly like that) later in the evening, I sat up and said, “Did I roll up the window on my car?” Thank goodness I threw on my rain boots and ran out into the pouring rain because no, no I didn’t roll up my window. And it had been pouring rain for four hours. FOUR HOURS.
So here are my handy tips for drying out your rained-in car:
2. Roll up the window and get the car into a covered area ASAP.
(I backed my car into our garage.)
3. Sit on towels when you move your car. This will help soak up some of the water and kind of keep you from getting a wet butt.
4. Towel off as much water as you can.
4. Grab a Shop Vac and turn it to the ‘wet’ setting. Vacuum the crap out of the wet areas of your car– seat, floor, everything. Be sure to get all the electronic-related areas (window/door/mirror buttons, door speaker, etc.). Don’t have a Shop Vac? Buy one. Seriously. The small ones are around $30. Money well spent.
5. After you’ve done all you can do with the towels and vacuum, grab as many fans as possible. (I went with a fan trifecta.) Turn on the fans. Open the door with the window that was rolled down. Position the fans on the areas that were saturated with water. Roll down the other windows in the car for better circulation.
As of late Sunday evening, the fans have been blowing for 24 hours. I plan to leave them on for another 18-24 hours for a total of 42-48 hours. If some spots are still wet today I’ll grab my hair dryer and get to work.
If you have a dehumidifier that can be easily moved, you can put it near the car. Someone suggested Damp Rid. I may head to the store (in a different car) and pick some up today as a precautionary measure.
While this episode obviously wasn’t the best experience, it could have been worse. All of my windows could have been rolled down. OR I could have left the car out there all night with the window down. Keep in mind it rained nonstop from 6 PM Saturday til, well I think it’s still raining (it’s 10 PM on Sunday).
Have you ever done this?
Any additional tips?