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post #1 of 8 Old 03-26-2012, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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How to dry damp carpet

I feel like a fool, but Friday was nice and I decided to leave my windows cracked to get some fresh air in the car. Well, I forgot to close them and when going to out my car to head to the gym on Sat. morning...wouldn't you know that it rained!

I've got all-weather mats and leather seats, so I dried everything off, but today (two days later) the nylon "carpet" is still a bit damp at the bottom of my seat.

What's the best way to get these dried out? I've left my windows open today as it's windy (and I checked the weather, clear skies ahead), but wasn't sure if there was some sort of drying agent or Baking Soda, etc?

Any tips would be most appreciated as I'd like to avoid any mold issues.

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I left my sunroof open a couple times and if you put a few oscillating fans in there it dries pretty quick, not sure of you are in an apt. or something that wont work but if its just in your driveway, run an extension cord and get every fan you can.

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Ok, a friend of mine here said something similar (hair dryer). So basically I just need to physically dry it? I'll give it a shot. Thank you.

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Stick it in the dryer.

But yea, get maybe some febreeze or the likes and spray it down and let it air dry with the help of fans if you have them.

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Running the ac while driving will help as it will pull out the moisture in the cabin. I would use a gentle carpet cleaner to discouraged mold growth. Just to be on the safe side.

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Put a box fan in there on a sunny dry day and it will dry up in no time.

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Use a shop vac on it. Remove paper filter in the vac first if it has one. Leave mats out of car. If you have access to a garage lower windows and put some fans in the car.
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I had a similar experience with a civic. The seats dried eventually from open windows in the parking lot and driving with open windows. The carpet was another story, it had a moist feel that would not go away and developed a bad smell even with windows open. I cut it up and took it out, my mechanic asked me why didn't i just remove the seats and take the carpet out in one piece so it could dry in the sun. I didn't think of it.
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