Sometimes spills and floods happen and you’re left with a wet rug. Big spills and floods can cause panic and are something that can cause rot and mold, which none of us want in our homes. Here is a quick guide on how to dry out an area rug after a spill or how to sop up water easily and what we have found to be the best way to dry an area rug when disaster strikes.
To quickly dry out an area rug after a spill first lay towels under the rug. This is easily accomplished by folding the rug over on itself and laying towels on the floor where the rug had been. Repeat for the other side. Once towels are laid underneath the area rug, you can further dry out an area rug after a spill by laying another layer of towels on top of the rug. After all rugs are placed, walk across the towels. Your body weight will squeee the rug material and the towels will soak up the water. Replace the towels and repeat until the towels no longer soak up water. You should see foot prints and impressions on the towels from the towels collecting water.
Once the majority of the water has been removed, the area rug needs to be air dried. You don’t need to actually hang the rug, just lift it up the floor so air can flow underneath. Use pvc pipe, broom handles, cardboard boxes, luggage, and anything else you can find to lift the rug off the floor. Use floor fans to blow air underneath the rug and overhead/stand fans to flow air over the top of the fan, preferably overnight.
This method will dry out an area rug after a spill overnight and also works great after a carpet has been cleaned with a shampooer or carpet cleaner.