How to dry rained on headliner


#1

I left my sunroof open a bit and heavy thunderstorm drove rain into car and around my headliner. How can I safely prevent development of mold and mildew in our hot, humid summer weather?


#2

wet/dry shop vacuum first to get out maximum amount. then a good ol’ blow dryer.
If you’re removing trim to access between the headliner and roof you could also use towels to soak some up that you’d change out then remove.


#3

If you’re worried about mildew, it might help to spray the wet sections thoroughly with Lysol, which should kill any mold or mildew. (test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t stain or discolor)


#4

To prevent mold you have to dry the material as quickly as possible. Take it for a drive with air conditioning on full blast until the head liner is dry.

Tester


#5

I use this method to dry the interior of a car after shampooing the carpet and seats. I crack the windows an inch or so, start the car and turn on the heater full blast.

Ed B.


#6

Turn on the AC too. Tester is right as always. Use recirculate setting and close all windows until dry.