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How Long Does It Take For Carpet To Dry?

Now that the hardest part of cleaning your carpets is over, now it’s all about waiting for it to dry and have it ready to be finally enjoyed again!

A common question that’s asked all the time is, ‘How Long do Carpets Take to Dry After Steam Cleaning?’

Typically, it’s said to take anywhere from 4 to 24 hours for carpets to completely dry. This huge time frame is due to the fact that the drying time really depends on a number of different factors including how you clean the carpets, how much airflow your room has, and even your method of carpet cleaning.

On top of this, the weather or temperature also plays a role in how long it takes for your carpets to dry. People often search for ‘how to dry carpet after cleaning in winter’ as the colder it is, the longer it’ll take for carpets to completely feel dry again.

There’s also the matter of what sort of vacuum you use to clean the carpets, as some are more powerful than others. Many ask about drying times for different brands like ‘how long does carpet take to dry after Vax?’ or ‘how long does it take for carpet to dry after using Bissell?’, though you also have to factor in the size of the room, carpet type, and more.

The good news is that at My Home, we know how to dry carpet fast after cleaning using our unique Dry Touch System:


My Home are the carpet cleaning experts you can rely on time and time again for excellent service. We specialise in rug and upholstery services, so you can be guaranteed exceptional results.


How Long Does it Take For Carpets To Dry After Professional Cleaning?

Many traditional carpet cleaners use a mixture of hot water and strong chemicals to clean carpets, but we’ve seen the many drawbacks that this outdated method can bring and cause disappointing results for your carpets.

With poorly done hot water extraction carpet cleans (often wrongly noted as steam cleaning), you’ll find that:

  • There is sticky residue left behind on the carpets
  • Unpleasant odour due to strong chemicals
  • Carpet isn’t able to dry for days
  • The hot water and chemical mixture can cause your carpets to shrink and pull away

That’s why at My Home, we use our specially designed ‘Dry Touch System’ for carpet cleaning, which works to attract, capture, and remove dirt from carpet. Afterwards, it dries up into a crystallised detergent-dirt mixture, which can be then easily vacuumed away by our cleaning professionals. You can get brilliantly clean carpets without the tedious process of steam cleaning and waiting hours for your carpets to dry!

How Wet Should Carpet Be After Cleaning?

One of the biggest mistakes that can prolong your wait time in drying your carpets is by using too much cleaning solution or water, which ends up soaking your carpets. Unfortunately, many traditional carpet cleaners are still using this method today – and for poor results.

It’s advised to avoid using too much liquid as moisture over time can foster mould growth and unpleasant odours – especially when not dried properly over a long period of time.

However, here are some things you can do at home to clean and/or dry your carpets quicker:

Use Dry Shampoo for Carpets 

Once you know how to dry shampoo carpet, it can be a convenient alternative to use when you’re needing quick carpet cleans, fast. All you need to do is lightly sprinkle the dry shampoo carpet on your floor, and let it sit overnight or at least more than two hours.

Use a Fan or Heater to Dry Carpet

The aim is to apply heat to draw out as much moisture as possible. If the weather isn’t hot enough outside, you could turn up the heater inside and get the room temperature high enough so the carpets can sufficiently dry. Also, you can use a dehumidifier to get excess moisture out of the room, too.


More homeowners are choosing My Home for their carpet cleaning needs –
We’ve serviced thousands of homes all across Melbourne, providing tailored, high quality, cleaning services for a range of different requirements.


How Long After Carpet Cleaning Can I put Furniture Back?

If you’ve felt like you’ve waited forever for your carpets to dry and they’re still feeling a bit damp, you might wonder, what happens if you put furniture on wet carpet? You might be strapped for time but need to be sure that your carpets will still be alright even if something is placed on top of them while they aren’t completely dry.

It’s safe to say whatever moisture is trapped between the furniture and carpet, could lead to mould growth later on. Unless the room is kept quite dry and the weather is consistently hot, it is best to have carpet dry as possible until placing furniture back.

However, as a general rule of thumb and answer to the question ‘How soon can I put furniture on shampooed carpet?’, it’s advised to wait at least an entire day or until the carpet is fully dried. If you’re wanting fast cleaning services for your carpets, we highly recommend our ‘Dry Touch System’ only available at My Home, which doesn’t require your carpets to be soaked and significantly minimises your wait time!


Steam cleaning our carpets  the traditional way can make you wait for a day or more for everything to completely dry. If you need a fast, carpet cleaning services that are priced at great value, call the team at My Home today on 13 22 31 and get a free in-home assessment and quote.