How to clean a car after rain gets in the sunroof

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An open or leaky sunroof may allow rain water to get inside your car, leaving behind wet seats, ruined interior and even mould or mildew growth. Quick action can limit the water damage and restore your car's interior to its proper condition. Though removing the excess water is crucial to limiting interior damage, air flow is even more important. Adequate air circulation hastens drying time and removes any musty odours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Absorbent towels
  • Vacuum
  • Upholstery or leather cleaner
  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • 3 or 4 Soft cloths
  • Interior protectant
  • Leather conditioner

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  1. 1

    Close the sunroof if it's open, and dry the car interior with absorbent towels. If the seats are wet, press towels down firmly to absorb any excess moisture.

  2. 2

    Move the car to a warm, dry location, such as in the sun or a garage if possible. Put the windows down to circulate the air and increase drying time. Allow the interior to dry for at least two or three hours if it's very wet.

  3. 3

    Vacuum the car seats and floor to remove any excess dirt or debris. Use a crevice attachment to reach any cracks or small areas.

  4. 4

    Spray an auto upholstery or leather cleaner evenly on the seats and floor. Allow it to soak in for the amount of time recommended on the package.

  5. 5

    Scrub the interior and floor with a soft-bristled brush, or wipe it thoroughly with a soft cloth. Allow the seats and floor to dry completely, leaving the windows down to aid in drying time.

  6. 6

    Vacuum the seats and floor once again if you used an upholstery cleaner. This will remove any embedded dirt lifted from the fabric during the cleaning process.

  7. 7

    Apply interior protectant to a soft cloth. Wipe it evenly over any plastic or vinyl surfaces in the car's interior. If you have leather seats, apply a thin layer of leather conditioner to the entire seat surface with a soft cloth. Wipe away any excess with a soft, dry cloth.

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