Wet Carpet Drying

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Wet carpet drying is vital to prevent mold growth and eliminates smell of mildew spores, drying out wet carpet, padding or floor must start after water extraction and water damage cleaning.

Wet carpet has wet underlay and sub-floor. For any carpet drying project regardless of the size of the damaged area, you must consider the underlay (padding) at the same time. Drying wall to wall carpet, or drying carpet coverings which don’t contain underlay such as: carpet tiles, direct stick carpet and Flotex carpet, involves drying wet sub-floors. Many completely disregard the carpet drying process and assume general carpet cleaning or carpet removal is the final solution for carpet drying, and some home owners stop the drying process immediately when carpet surfaces seem dry before completely drying the sub-floor and underlay.

The role of carpet blower. The carpet drying process is simply a matter of providing the proper amount of fast air movement to evaporate the moisture out of the carpet. A carpet dryer is the main drying equipment for flood restoration companies which speeds up carpet drying process to the level that prevents mould growth, only carpet dryers (Carpet Blower) may completely solve damp carpet problems in many accidents such as: small clean water leak on carpet, clean rain water penetration from a window, any clean water flow on surface before saturating into the carpet, or damp carpet after an unprofessional carpet cleaning.

The role of dehumidifier. When flooding is extensive the drying process would produce large amount of moisture which is removed by large commercial dehumidifiers that collect the moisture and convert it to water which may be pumped into the drain. The role of Dehumidifiers becomes more vital for drying rooms with insufficient ventilation and windows. Failing to completely remove moisture would result in odour, mould, decay and other damages not only for your carpet coverings, but for entire property structure and contents.

Three methods to dry out wet carpet, There are three main methods to dry wall to wall carpet, using commercial carpet fans, however, prior carpet dryer installation, comprehensive water removal and cleaning wet carpet has an important role in fast drying and odour and a stain free result, regardless of the drying method, dehumidifiers would further speedup the drying process.

With over 20 years experience drying carpet we choose the best and cheapest way for each flooded wet carpet situation to save the water damaged carpet. By knowing how to use advanced drying methods each job may use a different method to achieve the best outcome. However before the commencement of the drying process, we realistically predict the outcome and do not waste your time and money saving a carpet that is beyond repair.

Carpet drying from surface

Setting up drying equipment on the carpet surface and directing air towards the wet area is the most easy and affordable way to dry wet carpet. This method in many cases completely would dry carpet, dependant on the underlay type, saturation level and carpet fibre. This is the best way of drying out wet direct stick carpets, flotex carpets and damp carpet tiles and hard floor coverings.

Carpet Drying from beneath

Setting up drying beneath the carpet (lifting up carpet from the corner) to blow air to dry the carpet, padding, and subfloor, means that carpet would dry faster, and the chance to develop stains, mould and other damages is highly reduced. Although this way rubber underlay may be salvaged and carpet reinstallation is less challenging, it does not provide a good outcome for all types of underlay and the result depends on the existing condition of the carpet and padding, saturation level and response time.

Carpet Drying from beneath (removed underlay)

The best way for carpet drying is to lift up the carpet, remove and dispose underlay and setting up carpet dryers beneath the carpet to completely the dry wet carpet and floor fast. In Sydney homes and commercial properties carpet floor coverings may contain one of mostly used (rubber underlay, foam underlay and Jute underlay), however none of them are cleanable and it is recommended to remove them to speed up the drying process and avoid wet carpet smell and stains.


This carpet drying method is the only way that will consistently provide excellent results, such as salvaged carpets that are free from stains, odour and mould. Cleaning and sanitising carpet and subfloor prior to drying would further improve results. Although through this method, the carpet would be dry within 2 days, it is more costly than previous approaches. This cost of wet carpet restoration increases twice as much as the first method, as this cost is related to disposal of existing damaged underlay, supply and installation of new underlay, and relay and re-stretch the carpet (it is highly likely carpet would shrink). In some cases you may replace water damaged carpet gripers and trims.

How to Dry Wet Carpet by WikiHow.