Bail out a Flooded Car
Take deep breath. Adopt mantra: "This, too, shall pass." Chant mantra throughout following process as needed.
- Use the wet/dry shop vacuum to vacuum up as much water as you can suck out of the carpet.
- Buy some Damp Rid and place containers of it near the wet areas to suck up more moisture.
- Open all possible doors (including trunk) - preferably on sunny, low-humidity days - for hours on end, parking your car so that it catches the most sun. Do this every sunny day till carpet feels dry.
- Look in the trunk's tire well and discover more water. Gnash your teeth, take deep breath and repeat above process.
- Take car to mechanic and ask him to reseal the taillight gaskets - or do it yourself, with a bead of silicone.
- Spray carpets with Lysol spray.
- If mildew smells start, consider treating carpets with vinegar (yes, vinegar! Mold/mildew don't like vinegar. Better than bleach.)
- Tell curious passengers that you spilled pickle juice by accident.