Posted on: 29 December 2016Share
Lots of drivers have done it -- you don't think it's going to rain or you aren't planning on leaving your car parked for very long, so you don't even bother with rolling the windows up. Then, when you walk outside, you find that your car has been soaked during an unexpected period of rain. Not only can it be uncomfortable to get in your car when everything is wet after a situation like this, but the water can leave behind a terrible, musty odor. Luckily, following a few steps can help you get rid of the smell.
Have the Water Extracted
First of all, you're going to want to remove as much of the water as you can. Using a towel can help with this, but the best way to get as much of the water out as possible is to use a water damage restoration service. These services have the right equipment to extract out all the water, similarly to what they would do if trying to save furniture that has been through a flood. Removing all of this water can help you take steps toward getting rid of the smell, and it can also help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Air it Out
After you have removed as much of the water as possible, parking your car with the windows rolled down (just make sure that it isn't going to rain again) and allowing it to "air out" is a good way to dry up any remaining water that might still be in the seats or carpet and to help get rid of any smell that might still be in the car after the water extraction.
Use Baking Soda
One great deodorizer that works really well at getting rid of a musty smell in the car is baking soda. All you have to do is sprinkle the baking soda all over the seats and flooring of your car. Then, after it has been left to sit for a while, just vacuum it up. This will help pull some of the musty smell out of your vehicle and will leave it smelling refreshed.
Use Your Favorite Car Air Freshener
At first, you might still notice a faint hint of a musty type of odor. If you use a good car air freshener, however, it can help you mask the smell until it is gone for good.
Realizing that you have left your car windows down in the rain can be devastating, but luckily, following these tips can help you get rid of the odor that can come from doing so.
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