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How to Dry Out Wet Car Carpet?

Does anyone have suggestions as to how I can dry out a wet car carpet please?


Would anyone know where I could hire a wet-dry shop vacuum cleaner. I live in the Nyon area.


Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Old 23.11.2017, 18:21
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Does anyone have suggestions as to how I can dry out a wet car carpet please?


Would anyone know where I could hire a wet-dry shop vacuum cleaner. I live in the Nyon area.


Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Some of the places like Bauhaus rent them, but you can buy a cheap one for around 50 CHF at places like Jumbo.

You won't really manage to get it dry. You'll get the worst out of the upper layer of carpet, but that is only about half of the water. Laying towels down, pressing on them, and wringing them out every few hours will get a bit more out.

What you need to do is leave the windows open and run a fan to get as much air circulation as possible.
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Old 23.11.2017, 18:24
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Re: How to Dry Out Wet Car Carpet?

what he said

if you have a garage stick it in there with a fan heater going and the windows and doors open.

take it for a very long drive with the heating and aircon on full whack.

stick a chemical dehumidifier in it
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Old 23.11.2017, 18:31
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stick a chemical dehumidifier in it
Actually, if it's an SUV or Minivan, put an electrical dehumidifier inside for a few days.

I would also spray a bit of mild vinegar solution onto the wet bits.
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stick a chemical dehumidifier in it
I'd go with magnesium chloride in such case, very good dehumidifier and non chemical, and do not buy the freakingly expensive small pots sold for health issues and such, but get a big bag of Ice melter/snow remover and check the bag for it being magnesium chloride. (The big bags are pure and suck up more water, and are much cheaper)

The theory is simple, air gets dry and thus sucks out the moisture of the carpet.
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What you need to do is leave the windows open and run a fan to get as much air circulation as possible.
Take into your apartment and hang them up. Switch off any humidifier. Open all Windows for fifteen minutes. (Yes I know it will get cold.) Point a fan on the carpets. Turn up the heating a bit. After the air is warm again humidity will be around 35%. The carpets will will dry rather quickly. After that switch on your air humidifier or hang up freshly washed cloths to get air humidity back to normal level.

Note to persons from the future/summer: This works best in the winter.
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Take into your apartment and hang them up. Switch off any humidifier. Open all Windows for fifteen minutes. (Yes I know it will get cold.) Point a fan on the carpets. Turn up the heating a bit. After the air is warm again humidity will be around 35%. The carpets will will dry rather quickly. After that switch on your air humidifier or hang up freshly washed cloths to get air humidity back to normal level.

Note to persons from the future/summer: This works best in the winter.
I presumed Merrylegs meant the fixed carpet, rather than the removable ones.

Just getting air circulation going is usually enough if the relative humidity is low. It takes about 4 days until things return to normal.

If the car is being used then run the defroster on high the whole time you're driving. (This runs the A/C to condense moisture out of the air.)
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Take into your apartment and hang them up. Switch off any humidifier. Open all Windows for fifteen minutes. (Yes I know it will get cold.) Point a fan on the carpets. Turn up the heating a bit. After the air is warm again humidity will be around 35%. The carpets will will dry rather quickly. After that switch on your air humidifier or hang up freshly washed cloths to get air humidity back to normal level.

Note to persons from the future/summer: This works best in the winter.
I assume they are non removable. Else he could just hang it all in the drying room in his building (or that of a friend if he lacks one himself)
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Many thanks to you all for your suggestions!
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If the car is being used then run the defroster on high the whole time you're driving. (This runs the A/C to condense moisture out of the air.)
Considering the air already has not much moister (dew point wise) at this time of year that may result in a mummy driver . I suggest to take lip balm on the drive.
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I assume they are non removable. Else he could just hang it all in the drying room in his building (or that of a friend if he lacks one himself)

Yes, the carpets are non removable.
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