How to Clean Flood-Affected or Water Damaged Cars in Auckland

by | January 31, 2023

Recent heavy rains and flash floods in Auckland have caused widespread damage, flood-affected or water-damaged cars and many vehicles in Auckland. If you’re one of the unlucky drivers whose car was affected by the floodwaters, it’s important to take steps to properly clean and restore it to prevent long-term damage.

Here are some tips from the experts at Clean Planet’s Car Valet team, your trusted car cleaning service in Auckland:

Safety first:
Before you start cleaning your car, make sure to take all necessary safety precautions, such as wearing protective clothing, gloves, and eye protection.

Dry it out:
The first step in cleaning a flood-affected car is to get all the water out. Start by opening all the doors and windows and using fans or dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.

Check for electrical damage:
If the water level reached the level of the car’s electrical components, such as the engine, battery, or alternator, have a mechanic inspect the car before attempting to start it.

Clean the interior:
Use a disinfectant cleaner to clean all surfaces in the car, including the carpets, seats, and upholstery. If the carpets and upholstery are saturated with water, you may need to have them removed and replaced.

Clean the exterior:
Use a high-pressure washer to clean the exterior of the car, paying special attention to areas like the wheel wells, undercarriage, and any crevices where mud or debris may have accumulated.

Prevent rust:
After the car is dry, use a rust inhibitor to prevent rust from forming on metal surfaces.

Have it inspected:
If you’re still unsure about the condition of your flood-affected car, have a professional mechanic inspect it to identify any potential problems and make necessary repairs.

Cleaning a flood-affected car can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and knowledge, you can get your vehicle back to its pre-flood condition. If you’re in Auckland and need assistance, contact Clean Planet’s  Car Valet team at 0800 274 355 to schedule a full car cleaning service.

Clean Planet’s Car Valet team is here to help!