How to dry carpets fast

Written by keith dooley
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How to dry carpets fast
Dry carpet fast so that you can use it as needed. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Shampooing and steam cleaning carpet usually leaves you with damp fibres for several hours. This is OK if you only clean the carpet once a year or so, but if you do it more often, this dampness can take its toll. Not only are you not supposed to walk on it until it is dry, but the moisture can allow mould or mildew to develop. Drying the carpet as quickly as possible is best to prevent this issue.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fans
  • Dehumidifier
  • Air conditioner

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  1. 1

    Open windows on either side of the room to create a cross breeze. This will allow moisture to leave the room once it evaporates from the carpet.

  2. 2

    Set up fans in the room to create a breeze to decrease drying time. Direct the fans toward the carpet if possible to blow down between the fibres.

  3. 3

    Close the windows and run a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air. Lowering the humidity in the room will help dry the fibres faster.

  4. 4

    Run the air conditioner. An air conditioner will circulate air in the room as well as pull moisture out, which helps dry the carpet quickly. Add to this the operation of fans and the carpet moisture will be removed.

Tips and warnings

  • If your carpet is wet because of flooding or a pipe burst, you probably have more water in the carpet than you can handle by yourself. Services have equipment that will pull the water out of the carpet, similar to a large wet dry vac. This will speed the drying time.

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