How to Dry Carpet After Cleaning in Winter

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Have you just cleaned your carpet and it's winter? If that’s the case, you need to dry your carpet as soon as possible. Leaving your carpet wet or damp can cause the growth of mold and mildew and a whole host of other problems that cause put you and your family’s health in danger. That is why it is important to know how to dry carpet after cleaning in winter.

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In this article, we’ll highlight a few tips on how to dry your carpet after cleaning in winter. We’ll discuss how long it takes and the process involved in removing the excess water after you have deep cleaned your carpet.

How Long Does It Take?

Whether you cleaned your carpet on your own or hired a professional for the job, it will be slightly wet afterwards. After a professional cleaning, you can expect your carpet to be wet for at least six to ten hours. However, some carpets will still feel damp for up to a day, depending on the humidity and time of the year. Sometimes your carpet can take up to three days to dry and if your carpet is still wet you need to call for professional help.

How To Dry Carpet in Winter

THere are various carpet cleaning methods you can try, but drying your carpet during winter may present a challenge. Experts recommend using a dehumidifier and fan, possibly a heater.

How To Dry Carpet with Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for many things ranging from baking to cleaning. However, did you know that it’s also quite effective at absorbing fluids?

Remove Excess Water

Before whipping out the baking soda, try to get rid of as much water as possible. Consider using dry towels or shop vac. You want to extract water from the padding as well by getting the shop vac deep into the fibers.

Sprinkle Baking Soda

Once you’ve removed a sufficient amount of water with the shop vac, you can now go ahead and get some baking soda. Sprinkle a generous amount over the wet area of the carpet. Chances are you’ll need more than a single canister, so make sure you have enough supplies on hand before starting the drying process.

Give the baking soda several hours to absorb the water – it might take 24 hours. The baking soda will absorb any odor and moisture on the carpet.


Get out your old vacuum and run it over the entire wet area of the carpet. If you’re using a bagged vacuum, remove the bag afterwards as the baking soda can clog.


Run a Fan


The carpet might still be slightly damp. So, consider running a fan to get the last bit thoroughly dry.

Bottom Line

Whether you have steam cleaned your carpet or deep cleaned, it is important to know how to dry the carpet after cleaning. You now know how to dry carpet after cleaning in winter. For large carpets that cover entire rooms, consider hiring a professional as they’re often too much for a homeowner to dry out. Moreover, you need to dry large carpets as soon as possible as the moisture will quickly spread through floors and even walls. A wet carpet may damage walls with insulation and infect them with mold.


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Bob Crane
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Hi Chrissy,  Thanks for these great tips.  I never thought about the implications of wet carpet in winter.  

Dec 23, 2019 07:33 PM #1
Robin Wells
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Thanks for tips and post.  And yes wet carpet can be nasty - however part of the answer is also what made it wet and will it simply get wet again.

Dec 26, 2019 02:32 PM #2
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