3 Quick Ways to Dry a Wet Carpet

Someone cleaning a carpeted hallway with a vacuum cleaner.
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What You'll Need
Carpet cleaner products
Paper towels
Vacuum cleaner
Household fans, hairdryers, or ceiling fans

A wet carpet must be dried quickly and thoroughly to prevent mildew and molding. Luckily, it is easy to dry wet carpet in less than 15 minutes. Here are three methods that will quickly dry your wet carpet.

Paper Towel Method

Spread several towels over the wet carpet. In bare feet, walk up and down the surface of the towels. When they are completely saturated, replace with dry towels. Repeat this process if any excess moisture remains.

Wet/Dry Vacuum

Vacuum the wet carpet with a wet/dry vacuum until no moisture remains. Before vacuuming, you can choose to spray a carpet cleaner over the surface. Afterwards, you will be left with a clean and dry carpet.

Air Circulation

Circulate the air around the carpet as fast as possible. Use household fans, hairdryers, or ceiling fans to encourage the moisture to evaporate. Simultaneously, use any sponges you have in your home to absorb the excess moisture.

Don't forget that time is of the essence. These three ways are sure to save the day and dry your carpet quickly.