Can I Vacuum A Wet Carpet? (Everything You Should Know)

Vacuum A Wet Carpet

Carpet cleaning is a must every few months to maintain the quality of the fabric, especially if you have a wet carpet. Because of the soft medley of textures used, wet carpet gets stained easily. So, most people frequently ask if they can vacuum the wet carpet. To know the exact answer, keep reading the article.

You can vacuum a wet carpet with the help of a wet vacuum. Vacuuming makes the wet carpet dry easily and effectively because of its convenient features. It can instantly make your carpet look new. Just lather a carpet cleaning solution on top of your carpet and swipe the wet vacuum on top of it. 

Vacuuming a wet carpet isn’t difficult If you know the right process. In this article, I’m going to reveal everything that you should know about vacuuming wet carpets. So, let’s get started!

How Do You Dry A Wet Carpet With A Vacuum?

Wet vacuums are typically easy to use because of their smart and functional features. Though there are some things you’ll have to do first to prepare your carpet for cleaning, you can start by tidying up your surroundings. 

You don’t want the carpet to be sitting on top of a juice box or a dirty sock. Abide by the five following steps, you’ll have an elegant-looking carpet in no time.

Step-1: Remove Visible Dirt By Hand

Spread your carpet down flat. Then start discarding all the cloth debris, thread scraps, tiny pieces of foil, etc.—whatever excesses are visible—by hand. You can also use a broom to dust the carpet slightly. 

This won’t hinder the cleaning procedure in any way. Rather, it’ll make it more susceptible to avert large clumps of debris once you start dry cleaning the carpet.

Step-2: Apply Carpet Cleaning Solution

Mix your cleaning solution in a spray bottle with the required amount of water. Dampen the carpet with water and apply the mixed solution on the stained spots or the whole carpet if necessary. Wear gloves before working with such chemicals.

Using a clean brush, scrub the stains on the carpet with soap water, or just detergent. This will loosen the stain and make it easier for the vacuum to pick up the stains. Focus on areas that are heavily stained with dirt.

Step-3: Set Up The Vacuum

Start with assuring that your floor area is dry and safe to place the vacuum wire on. Now plug your wet vacuum into the closest outlet to make the whole vacuum cleaning process manageable. 

Pay heed to the instructions in your manual and connect the integral parts of the cleaner. Turn on the appliance and begin the suctioning procedure. Sweep and dry the cleaning solution till the whole carpet comes out clean.  

Step-4: Move The Vacuum Head Frequently

Keep moving the head of the vacuum repeatedly on the stained spots. Some smudges may need a bit more suction force to get rid of the stain completely. But that’s fine! Take your time wiping every little speck of disaster with the vacuum. 

Things like filters and suction levels rely on the texture of your carpet. The softer the fabric is, the lower the speed and the smaller the filter. 

Step-5: Leave The Carpet To Dry

After finishing this satisfying but tiring project, leave your carpet to dry under a fan. If your room is spacious enough, you can leave it directly under the fan. This won’t damage the fabric in any way. 

However, leaving it to dry directly under the sun may harden the fabric and ruin your soft and beautiful carpet. It also damages the color. So be careful with how you’ll be drying your carpet. 

How To Dry Wet Carpet Without a Vacuum?

Air drying is a temporary alternative if you want to dry your wet carpet without a vacuum. But, it won’t be sufficient. Dehumidifiers work best in this case. They remove all the moisture from the air eventually drying out the carpet. 

You can also use a heater to dry the wet carpet instantly. Baking soda works like magic too. Since the powder is dry and will absorb extra moisture, it’ll dry out your wet carpet within a few hours. 

You can’t use any of these tricks alone. Combine at least three of these techniques and reveal a beautifully cleaned carpet to yourself. 

What Happens If You Vacuum A Wet Carpet?

There are some disadvantages to vacuuming a wet carpet. This is only if you don’t use a wet vacuum, which is created specifically for cleaning wet surfaces. Even though the sharp suction of a regular vacuum could dry a wet carpet, it can damage the fabric and make it look arid and shaggy. 

Besides dirty water entering the motor and causing electrocution, the least damaging scene that you’ll have to deal with is a soggy bag of dust, water, and germs. And nobody wants that, trust me!

Things To Keep In Mind While Vacuuming A Wet Carpet:

Investing in a wet vacuum can save you bucks and a trip to the laundry. The vacuum can clean your carpet dry without making a huge mess, but it’s a luxury to clean the wet carpet with a typical vacuum cleaner. Follow these tips and tricks to be a pro when using a wet vacuum. Learn to take care of your carpet properly. 

  • It may take a while to get used to the windfalls of a wet vacuum. But trust me, with time you’ll be glad that you invested in such a promising product.
  • You can always rent a carpet cleaner for a cheaper rate instead of buying a new wet vacuum. But, purchasing a wet vacuum will also help you in the long run.
  • There are many kinds of wet vac attachments: floor, brush, fine slotted attachments, etc. Connect the appropriate filters and attachments before cleaning your carpet.
  • Work in small sections. This lets you keep track of each stain and mark on the carpet. You’ll also grasp the basic ideas on stain removal that way. 
  • You can mix a little more water into your carpet cleaning solution if it becomes too potent. 
  • Use the carpet cleaning solution on the edge or an unnoticeable part of the carpet first to ensure that it doesn’t cause discoloration.
  • Ammonia sometimes releases toxic fumes. So, make sure you’re wearing gloves and a mask before mixing the DIY solution. 

Related Questions:

How Long Can Water Sit On A Carpet?

If you can dry the water out entirely from the carpet and the flooring within 48 hours, you’ll still have time to regain the carpet’s freshness. But, if it exceeds the period and you start to see mold growing on it, then get rid of it ASAP. 

Even professionals would suggest throwing away the carpet since they won’t be able to alleviate the mold and mildew either. The presence of mycotoxins in a wet carpet (eventually amassing into molds or mildew) can lead to health issues. 

This is why you shouldn’t let water sit on your carpet for more than 24 hours. There still hasn’t been a justification on whether mold can still grow or not even if the carpet is not wet. Hence, a regular check-out of your carpet is essential.

How Can You Dry Your Wet Carpet Faster?

A carpet usually takes 12-24 hours to dry. Well, obviously the sooner the carpet dries, the better. But if it’s taking too long for your carpet to dry, keep the edges of the carpet raised and place a humidifier in between the carpet and padding. A dehumidifier is designed as a way to pull out excess moisture from the air. 

Or, for a cheap option, try using a hairdryer. First, use towels to absorb all the extra water from the carpet. Replace with new towels once the older one gets wet. 

Then, take your hair dryer and use the highest temperature available to dry the moistened area. Carpets tend to dry faster if the temperature is set between 70-73°C.

Can You Vacuum A Wet Carpet With A Regular Vacuum?

Regular vacuums are, as the term suggests, used only for regular use and on dry surfaces. They won’t do an appreciable job as they’re not designed to absorb water or pick up other liquids. 

In short, they shouldn’t be used to clean wet surfaces. There’s a huge possibility of being electrocuted besides causing serious damage to the vacuum cleaner. 

It can also cause a fire. Short circuits can turn off the whole power supply of your house. Using a regular vacuum for cleaning wet surfaces has many disadvantages as well. This is why you shouldn’t use a store-bought vacuum to clean your wet carpet

Why Is Drying A Carpet After Cleaning Essential?

It’s important to fully dry the carpet because once it gets too choked up with water, microorganisms like mold and mildew start building up. You’re also guilty of the awful smell that the carpet may give off. You should already start the drying process even if the carpet is slightly damp. 


So, this was my take on how to use a vacuum to clean your dirty carpets. Among many of the reasons why a wet vacuum works the best for such situations lies a hidden truth. It’s comparatively costlier than a regular vacuum. But you won’t regret investing on such a holy grail product.  

Follow the whole cleaning process along with a good branded cleaning solution (or a DIY one) and reveal a whole new carpet to yourself. And, do read the manual first to understand more about each accessory that your vacuum cleaner provides. I hope this article was helpful! 

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Jahidul Alam

Hello dear! This is Jahidul Alam. I am the admin of this Tidy Floor. I have been in the floor cleaning business for the last 20 years. My business is all about ensuring affordable flooring cleaning services for Americans.

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