How To Dry A Wet Car Interior (3 Cheap & Simple Tricks)

Have you left a window open, encountered a flash storm with the roof down, or simply spilled a drink in your vehicle?

There are many reasons why you may need to dry the inside of a car, there are also many different methods of drying it.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to dry wet car carpet, how to dry your car seats, and what to do if you spilled water or drinks in your car.

Why Dry The Interior Of Your Car

Whenever dampness or wetness exists in your car, there are many possible outcomes.

The most common result is mold and mildew. Leaving the interior surfaces of your car wet, such as the carpet, seats, or trim can result in the growth of mold.

While it’s easy to clean the mold from your car, it’s fairly obvious why you wouldn’t want it to grow in the first place. It’s pretty foul and can be harmful to human health.

Another reason that you will want to dry your interior is to prevent water spots from happening. While they’re non-threatening to your health, they make the interior of your car look tired and old.

Equipment & Tools You May Need

Use A Dehumidifier To Dry Your Car

Drying the interior of a car is straightforward, however, you may need some basic tools and equipment.

The only thing that you’ll actually really need, is a couple of microfiber towels, but the other pieces of equipment will help you to get faster and better results

How To Dry Car Carpet & Seats

It’s fairly obvious, but, the first step is to try and remove as much water as possible from the area that is wet.

To do this, grab a microfiber towel and simply blot and wipe the area until it’s as dry as you can get it. Make sure to dry the whole area, including small nooks and crannies where the water may be hiding.

If you have money to invest, or already have a wet and dry vacuum, you should use it. Using the wet and dry vac you’ll be able to achieve much better results in a quicker time.

The process is pretty similar. Instead of dabbing and blotting with a cloth, gradually move the wet and dry vac over the surface cleaning and drying the area.

If the water is in a tight or hard to reach place you may need to resort to using a microfiber towel.

How To Get Moisture Out Of A Car 

After you’ve removed the water from your vehicle, you’re going to be faced with a little bit of moisture that you need to take care of. Failure to take care of this could result in watermarks or growth of mold and mildew.

The best way to do this is by using air. With a regular fan, hairdryer or even blow dryer, you’ll be able to target the areas that are still moist or damp to touch.

If you can open the doors and windows, while setting up some fans to force the air through the car for a couple of hours, there’s almost 0 chance of moisture being left behind. This is the most efficient way to dry your car, but, it’s not do-able for everyone.

The second most effective and efficient way to get the moisture out of a car is to simply spot dry the wet areas using a blow dryer or hairdryer. Depending on the size of the area, this could take a while, but, it’s a method that everyone can do.

Finally, you may even want to add a dehumidifier into the mix. This will remove any excess moisture, helping to prevent mold and other unwanted particles from growing.

Depending on your budget, you could get cheap re-useable car dehumidifier bags, an electric one, or even baking soda.

A dehumidifier is not a replacement for air drying, but it is a very helpful tool to tackle wider-spread moisture.

Using Cat Litter To Dry Out Your Car

cat litter in car

Now, this isn’t necessarily one that I’d recommend myself, I’d much rather opt for a dehumidifier, Cat Litter is widely recommended on the internet.

This is a very cheap DIY solution to drying out your car. The main issue is that cat litter is very dusty, and if it goes wrong, you could have to clean the whole interior of your car again.

When using cat litter to dry out cars, simply place it into an old pair of tights, socks or even an old bag.

Leave it in your car for 12-24 hours in a place where it’s unlikely to get knocked over and you’ll return to a completely dry car.

If you’re using this method in a bigger car, you may want to place several bags evenly across the car.

Cat litter also has a smell of its own, you may need extra air freshers or neutralisers to make your car smell normal again.

For as little as $5, and a same day DIY solution. It’s not the worst idea.

How To Prevent Your Car From Getting Wet Again

In some cases, preventing your car from getting wet will be as simple as not letting people drink in the car. In other cases, it may be slightly more complicated.

Leaving damp and wet objects in your car can lead to condensation and so can blocked pollen filters. Condensation won’t soak your car, but, it will create enough moisture for mold to grow.

In more serious situations, you may find that you have a leak in your car which soaks the area whenever it rains. My own car is known for this (Volvo C30), I’ve had to correct it myself once or twice over the years.

If you’re finding dampness or wetness in your car on a regular occurrence, it’s best that you research your car online to completely eliminate the threat, rather than having to repeatedly dry your car.