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How to Properly Clean a Car after It Floods

How to Properly Clean a Car after It Floods

How to Properly Clean a Car after It Floods

Flood damage can wreak havoc on the function and appearance of your vehicle, but the damage can also be minimized by proper cleaning techniques promptly after the flooding.  As a company specializing in auto cleaning and water removal, we are the experts to trust with your car after flooding.  We offer a few tips on how to properly clean a car after it is flooded.

Remove Excess Water

If rain is flooding your car, you want to immediately remove any standing water from the interior floor of your car.   This will help to preserve the surfaces of your car while also minimizing any damage that may be caused if more water continues to pool in your car.  If the water flooding your car is rising from a flash flood, you want to make sure to clean this out before you start your car.  The dirt and grime from the groundwater could negatively affect the function of your car if left too long or if the flood is severe.  Focus on removing whatever excess water you can as soon as it is safe for you to do so.

Remove Any Loose Objects

When your car suffers water damage, you will want to remove any loose objects, like floor mats, and hang them to dry outside of your car.  This will help speed up the drying process and allow you to focus on actively drying the rest of the car's interior.  

Remove the Console or Any Seats

Clearing the car of the interior features, like the console or any removable seats, will help you to focus on drying out each piece one-by-one.  This will speed up the drying process and also give you additional work space by spreading everything out.  If you can remove the carpet from your car, you will also want to do that quickly after flooding.  The longer a wet carpet sits, the more susceptible the floor underneath will be to water damage and rust.  

Turn off Your Battery and Check for Wiring

Before you enter your car after it floods, you want to first make sure that your battery is off.  This will prevent you from any electrical hazards that easily occur when water and electric mix.  Also, before you remove any of the interior features of your car, be sure to disconnect any wiring from underneath.  Typically, wiring will need to be disconnected before removing the center console or any seats.  This is essential in protecting you and your car from any additional harm or damage.

By following these steps, you will likely minimize the water damage to your car and help it to function properly despite the flooding.  If you are looking to hire a professional auto cleaning company, contact us today to hear about our water removal services.