My sunroof was left open during a rainstorm recently and the interior of the car got pretty soaking wet. I was able to dry up most of the visible water. However, a lot of water got inside the ceiling and dripped down the windshield crossbars. The cloth ceiling was damp for a bit and now the next day reeks of musty mildew. What is the best way to try and clean inside the ceiling paneling? Obviously, anything I put down there can't really be vacuumed up afterwards...

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The "best" way is to remove the interior trim to clean it and make certain it is completely dry before you reinstall it. This is not a job for the faint of heart.

  • so basically, I have to take it to a dealer to clean it for me, is what you're saying?
    – Ted
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 14:51
  • I have pulled the interior out of several cars and even gotten them back in. I just takes a lot of time. If you don't want to do that, then try calling a good detailing shop, they may do it. Tell the person who left the sunroof open to help pay for it.
    – enderw88
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 2:35

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