Cyclones and storms are no new visitors to Australia, and neither are floods. Especially in coastal areas of the country, rainfall and tropical cyclones can cause heavy flooding, blocking roads and filling cars. Cars are one of the most vulnerable objects during such floods, and that’s why most floods often follow car detailing work. This article will look at how a floor-damaged vehicle can be restored with six simple steps. 

Materials needed

  • Car shampoo
  • Deodorizer/baking soda
  • Car wash soap
  • Car detailing equipment
  • Car fluids
  • Fans

Step 1: Unplug and vacuum
The first step in restoring a flood-damaged car is looking for damages under the hood and then unplugging any electrical connections affected by the water, including the batteries. Follow this up with vacuuming out all the excess water. You will find flood equipment for sale that can help you in doing this step effortlessly.

Step 2: Remove everything
Remove anything that can be detached. This includes removable carpets, mats, and seats, which you will need to wash separately from the car. You can clean these removed items with a car detailing steam cleaner machine for a more effective clean. Hanging these on something while cleaning will help remove dirt easily. 

Step 3: Let the air in
Once you have completely cleared out all the water with restoration equipment in Australia like an air mover, it’s time to dry the car interiors. Roll down all the windows and let the air in. You can also use fans to get the air moving for faster drying and preventing mould.

Step 4: Let the washing begin
Once all the dirt and muck are removed, and the car is dried out, let the washing begin. Use a carpet shampoo to clean the car, using a washing soap on plastic in the interior like buttons and handles. Be sure to leave a layer of baking soda on the steel part; doing so prevents any rusting. 

Step 5: Remove the odour
By this step, you would have noticed if any nasty smell or stain was waiting for you in the car. Counter and remove the odour with these choices: baking soda and deodorizer. Both can effectively remove the stain and the associated odour without giving you much trouble. With baking soda, you will need to leave it overnight, while deodorizer requires only minimal time. 

Step 6: Replace the fluids
This step is not necessarily part of your cleaning work, but it’s a bonus service your customers will appreciate you for. Once everything has dried and cleaned, check under the hood once again and replace car fluids like oil, windshield washer fluid, coolant, and transmission fluids.

Cleaning the car after a flood can be a tough task, with all the water and muck involved. However, with the right detailing equipment and products, you can easily keep your customers happy by restoring the vehicle to its original state. All you need are the six steps and the materials mentioned above, and you are all set.