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How to Dry Wet Carpets

  • How To

📅 January 22, 2022

⏱️2 min read

A carpet can get wet in three instances. After a thorough wash, accidental water spills, and flooding.

Note that wet carpet damages can include mold growth on walls & floor, damp odor, weakened carpet fibers, and carpet discoloration. Sometimes, a wet carpet in the home can cause respiratory complications.

Hence, understand how to dry wet carpets effectively.

As a homeowner, ask yourself these questions.

How long will a carpet take to dry?

Answer: It depends on a few factors. The time of day, current weather condition, saturation level, type of carpet, and size of the rug are the few crucial factors.

Factors to consider before deciding how to dry wet carpets

  • The carpet’s saturation level
  • The dampness of the carpet
  • Amount of time the carpet was in the water

How To Dry Wet Carpet

Dry your wet carpet to avert the damages it can cause in the home.

You can use other drying alternatives if you do not have a carpet dryer.

Here are the most efficient techniques to use.

Partially Wet Carpets

Here is a step-by-step guide on drying partially wet carpets.


  • Dry towels
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

Step by step process

  1. Bloat the wet spot with a towel immediately after a spill
  2. Pour enough baking soda to the area and let it sit for some time. Baking soda helps to absorb odor.
  3. Vacuum the area completely

Soaking Wet Carpets

You should dry the carpet after thoroughly cleaning it or even in case of flooding. The best way to dry soaking wet carpet is to take it outside for approximately 12 to 24 hours (depending on the type of carpet fabric).

Ensure underneath the carpet is completely dry before taking it inside.


  • Fan
  • Wet and dry vacuum
  • Dehumidifier

Step by step process

  1. Remove any furniture lying on the living room, dining room, bedroom, or kitchen carpet.
  2. Ventilate your room (open all windows)
  3. Place a fan on one corner and ensure it is close to the carpet
  4. Place your dehumidifier next to it. A fan and dehumidifier will collect moisture from the carpet
  5. Remove any padding from the carpet
  6. Lift one side of the carpet and let the dehumidifier collect all the moisture
  7. Repeat step 6 on all the sides of the carpet
  8. Replace the carpet padding after the floor is dry
  9. Use a wet and dry vacuum to dry the carpet efficiently


The above guide has looked at efficient techniques for drying a wet carpet. Thus, always check and pay close attention to overlooked areas like padding, wall, and subfloors before drying a carpet.

Also, make sure the carpet is completely dry before placing it inside the house.

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