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Question DetailsAsked on 8/22/2017

Does the heater in the car help dry wet carpet

Carpet was cleaned and it is really wet will the heater help dry the carpet get dryed


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Sure to some extent - as long as you exchange the air, especially if you put it on the setting where the air all comes out at the feet area - put fans on full power (front and back if so equipped) and have windows open enough that you get good airflow THROUGH the car. Without ventilation you just heat the car up and create a mold farm - hot and full humidity.

Actually, should not be real wet - if they detailed the car they should have wet-vacuumed it to the point it would be fairly damp at most - not dripping wet.

Most effective of course - first take out any carpeting which lifts up and dry in the garage or hanging over a deck railing in the sun. Some have push-in plastic hold-down pegs - pop out fairly easy with a screwdriver but commonly at least a few will break if the ridged-shaft type, other types are a turn to remove type like this -

In addition to the car heater however - driving around (hopefully not raining though even then as long as no rain comes in the windows should still dry some with car heater on so it is warmer inside than outside, because the warm air holds more moisture than cooler.) Anyway, BAD idea to just leave car sit there idling with the heater on - first the car theft risk, second illegal in most states to leave a car running unattended, plus most cars these days will overheat during extended idling - radiator/fans do not cool the engine enough. So I would grab your favorite CD's or cellphone with playlist or such and take of for a long drive with windows open so the air swirls from one side to the other (commonly one front window, opposite read window) - this will create a LOT more air movement that the ventilation fan in the car and remove the moisture faster. Bad news - unless hot and relatively low humidity outside, likely to take several hours of driving at least.

If hot out - run the air conditioner instead - might not sound like that makes sense, but the air conditioned air has reduced humidity relative to the outside air (that is why the air conditioner drips water on the ground) so full fan on full air conditioning will also help dry it, again provided windows are open enough to exhaust the moist air (say about 1-2 inches if driving).

Another solution - assuming not in a car theft risk area, or take your book and lemonade out and sit nearby - if not raining or foggy, open car wide open (all doors and back hatch if any) and put a 20" circulating fan in the back blowing through the car. Still going to be hours though to dry it.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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