How to Dry a Damp Carpet

Carpets provide warmth and beauty, but if they are wet for very long mildew and mold begins to grow in them. Carpets get wet for several reasons; a large spill, flood or cleaning will result in a damp carpet. Dry your carpet quickly to prevent permanent damage to the padding and reduce the changes of mildew and mold forming.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry vacuum
  • Dehumidifier
  • Fans


    • 1

      Vacuum the carpet with a vacuum designed for wet and dry surfaces. This pulls water out of the carpet and is necessary when the carpet has been saturated. Do not use a regular vacuum on a wet carpet.

    • 2

      Use a dehumidifier in the room to remove water from the air and speed up carpet-drying efforts. This is especially helpful in climates with high humidity.

    • 3

      Set up strong fans and turn them on high. Angle them so they blow over the carpet. Carpet blowers specifically designed for drying carpet are available and dry carpet out more quickly than household fans.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your carpets on a day that is hot and dry so they will dry more quickly.
  • Carpet padding does not dry well. Replace the padding if your carpet has been flooded.
  • Do not use a hair dryer on a carpet that has a spill on it. The heat will set the stain.
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