Nothing is worse than a waterlogged, wet, or damp carpet. Carpet fibers are usually designed to hold in dirt and dust and have often been called filters for a home. Unfortunately, they are also quite effective in retaining moisture. Depending on the density of your carpet, drying them out might seem like it takes forever.
Whether it is the result of a flood, a leaking faucet or pipes, or wet cleaning methods that have yet to dry, a wet or even a damp carpet smells bad. It can severely compromise the air quality inside your home, and it is a fertile area for the growth of bacteria, molds, and mildew. Knowing different methods of drying out a carpet is always useful, and may come in handy the next time the rooms in your house begin to reek of wet carpet fibers laced with cleaning solution.
Remove furniture off of the wet carpet
When you are drying out an entire area of carpet, it’s not a good idea to leave furniture on top of the carpet. Doing so reduces the chances of a more thorough drying for your carpet, particularly in the spaces underneath the furniture.
Get the air moving
Whether you are using a ceiling fan or regular stand fans, or simply opening the doors and windows and encouraging fresh air to come in and for moisture to evaporate, using fans is one method to speed up the drying time for your damp carpet. Not only will this make the air more breathable, but it will also speed up the evaporation of moisture from your carpets.
If the humidity level in your room is high, it means that there is moisture traveling through the air. This makes it more difficult for the moisture in your carpet to evaporate. A dehumidifier can help by removing or reducing the humidity from the air inside your rooms. A great and handy dehumidifier you can use is the air conditioning unit in your home.
Space heaters can also contribute to faster drying times because the heat encourages faster evaporation of the moisture in your carpets more quickly.
Lift the carpet off the floor
If you are dealing with more extensive wetness in your carpets, drying the carpet itself might take a very long time, especially if the moisture or wetness has seeped into the deeper fibers of the carpet and even onto the underside, wetting the flooring underneath. You are likely not going to get a thorough drying of your carpet until you lift the carpet off the floor and dry the underside of the carpet, as well as the top surface.
If this is the case for you, be very careful in handling your carpet. A wet carpet is more prone to warping, and lifting the carpet by removing the installation strips might end up severely compromising the quality, shape, and texture of your carpet. Manually lifting the carpet may be a more appropriate method if you are dealing with area rugs instead of installed carpets.
Call the experts
Have you done all the above and are still dealing with a wet carpet that squishes underfoot? It may be time to call in the professionals.
For professional carpet cleaners, drying after cleaning is just as important as the cleaning itself. They usually also have specialized equipment to handle these types of issues or carpet extraction equipment. These kinds of equipment are specially designed to deal with wet carpets, and while they may not be able to dry out your carpet thoroughly, they can at least reduce the amount of water or moisture in your carpet, thus also shortening the drying time that your carpet needs.
If you use a dehumidifier, a space heater, and also promote air circulation soon after carpet extraction, your carpets should dry within a matter of a few hours.