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How do I get the water out from under the carpets of a Subaru 2011 Outback?

I have bailed the car, used a turkey baster to siphon water out from small spaces behind the seat attachment areas, shoved towels in those small spaces and put pressure on the carpet to get it from the foam under the carpet to the towel but I can still hear water squishing in the foam under the carpets....I have run a heater in the car and run the car on high defrost but the water remains under the carpet in the padding.....

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    artie g Dec 29, 2014

    buy different sizes of descant...they have to sit upright because it absorbs mositure in the air and drips down into the cup..Try about 5 large ones, then just buy the refill bag as needed. The bigger problem can be mildew, so get it dry A.S.A.P. The new type of padding has a rubber backing to deaden sound..and will take a while to dry out.

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    artie g Dec 29, 2014

    One measure of desiccant efficiency is the ratio (or percentage) of water storable in the desiccant relative to the mass of desiccant. Another measure is the residual relative humidity of the air or other fluid being dried. The performance of any desiccant varies with temperature and both relative humidity and absolute humidity.

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You will need an extractor to suck moisture from the carpet. You will have to pull the carpet back and let the padding and carpet dry. You may have to take the car out of commission for a while. The moment you close the car door and the carpet is still damp, condensation will occur and the carpet will remain damp. Doors must remain open and windows down for a few days. Also buy descant like damp dry and place in the car. Do this several times .

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    Elin Elisofon Dec 28, 2014

    I should have mentioned that I used a wet/dry vacuum to extract as much water as possible initially. Hoe much descant do i need? Thank you for your help.

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Most cars have a set of rubber plugs conveniently located under the carpet and they go through the floor. You can pull them out from underneath the car, or at worst, by pulling off a couple of panels to get to the carpets. They are usually about 1.5 inches in diameter. If you leave them out of the car for a couple of days depending on the weather, the water will dissipate.

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Carpet cleaners come with a hose attachment to remove water. We used the vacuum to dry the carpret.

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