Can You Put A Dehumidifier On Carpet? (Yes Or No?)

  • Author: Irene Batres
  • Date: September 26, 2022
  • Time to read: 7 min.
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If you are wondering whether placing your brand new dehumidifier on a carpet is a wise decision, you are not alone. 

In this post we will be answering the question: “can you put a dehumidifier on a carpet?”

We will also look at whether or not there will be any safety concerns if you do so. 

Let’s get started.

Can A Dehumidifier Be Placed On The Carpet?

Yes, it is okay to put a dehumidifier on the carpet. However, certain safety precautions need to be taken for this action not to backfire and cause damage or harm in any way possible.

For example, make sure no electrical cords are hanging out of place because they could pose as tripping hazards which will lead someone to get hurt badly by falling onto something sharp like broken glass objects or heavy household appliances such as microwaves, etcetera.

The unit should also be placed where the carpet is still intact and not ripped or torn to avoid any possible accidents such as the dehumidifier getting caught on something and toppling over onto someone or something.

It is also a good idea to place something like a rubber mat or some kind of rug material under and around the dehumidifier for your carpet not to get wet and cause damage as well.

Where Should A Dehumidifier Be Placed?

You should place the dehumidifier where you need it most.

This can be in the bedroom, crawl space, bathroom, basement, etcetera.

It is also a good idea to place it centrally in the room so that it has enough airflow to reach all areas of your home.

Be sure the unit is not close to heating vents because the airflow will be restricted and won’t work as efficiently.

You should also avoid placing your unit next to windows or doors where outside drafts are coming through.

Because this can cause condensation inside the dehumidifier, which could lead to mold growth within the machine itself if not maintained properly over time.

Is It Safe To Put A Dehumidifier On The Carpet?

Can You Put A Dehumidifier On Carpet?

Yes. It is safe to place your dehumidifier on the carpet as long as you follow simple precautionary steps.

Such as using a rubber mat or some kind of rug material underneath and around the unit itself.

This will prevent your carpet from getting wet, causing mold growth underneath.

Also, as pointed out earlier, make sure no electrical cords are hanging out of place because they could pose tripping hazards.

Will A Dehumidifier Pull Water Out Of The Carpet?

Most dehumidifiers can pull the water out of the carpet when it is strategically placed and under the right settings.

Other factors that may affect how effectively a dehumidifier can pull water out of a carpet include the material of the carpet itself.

For example, It can be a little difficult for a regular unit to completely get rid of water from underneath a plastic carpet.

How Long To Dry The Carpet With A Dehumidifier?

On average, it should take anywhere between 24-48 hours to dry out your carpet with a dehumidifier.

This, however, depends on various factors, including the amount of water that is in your carpet, the settings you have on your dehumidifier, and how humid it is outside.

For example, if there’s a lot of humidity in the air (such as during summer), this can cause condensation inside the unit itself.

This will make it more difficult for the dehumidifier to completely dry out your carpet, and you will need to leave it running for a longer duration of time.

If there’s less humidity outside (during winter), the air inside is not as damp, making it easier for your unit to dry out your carpet in no time.

The material of your carpet also comes into play here.

For example, plastic carpets may not be as effective at absorbing the dehumidifier’s airflow.

They will take longer to dry out compared to carpet materials such as wool or cotton, which absorb more moisture from the atmosphere.

Will A Dehumidifier Dry A Wet Floor?

While it will take quite some time to dry a wet floor with a dehumidifier, you can speed up the process with a heater and a fan (if available).

This will heat up the air around your dehumidifier and create a wind flow within the room.

This means that water in your carpet should evaporate faster than usual, which also helps to speed things along even more.

This will also bring the relative humidity down, which will make it easier for your unit to dry out your carpet quickly.

Can You Vacuum A Damp Carpet?

Yes, but you will need a vacuum that can soak up the water in your carpet (such as a wet/dry vacuum or steam cleaner).

This will make it much easier to dry out the water in your carpet because you’ll be vacuuming up all of the excess liquid, which can help speed things along even further.

You should also always use a low suction setting on your vacuum for this reason and only use a vacuum that is designated for dry surfaces.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum, make sure to turn on the “wet” setting as well as your dehumidifier and leave them both running simultaneously until your carpet has completely dried out.

If you do not own one of these vacuums, you can also use a normal vacuum with an upholstery attachment.

This will help to suck out some of the water from your carpet, which will make it easier for your dehumidifier to absorb all excess moisture in no time at all.

Should Carpet Be Replaced After Water Damage?

You should not place back your carpet immediately after water damage because your floor may still be damp and will require further drying, which can take a little time (24-48 hours).

If you replace your carpet right away, this could lead to mold growth under the new carpets as well.

This is because there’s no airflow underneath them, and they won’t have had enough time to dry out completely.

After drying the water, you can use a dehumidifier to completely dry the floor underneath your carpet.

This is because a dehumidifier can pull water out of the air, which will make it easier for your carpets to successfully absorb all excess moisture from under them as well.

This process may take anywhere between 24-48 hours, depending on various factors such as humidity levels, how humid it is outside, and how much water is in your carpet.

Can You Sleep In A Room With A Wet Carpet?

If you just cleaned your carpet, you can sleep in the same with the carpet; however, if the carpet has been damp for a few days, you should move to another room.

While it will be possible for your carpet to dry, this could take several hours or even a day depending on humidity levels outside and if there are other sources of dampness in the vicinity.

A wet carpet can harbor mold, which can be quite harmful to your health and should not be slept on until it has dried completely.

Use a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.

If you have a steam cleaner or wet/dry vacuum, you can significantly speed up the drying process by using these tools before going back to sleep in the room.

You could also use some fans along with your dehumidifier to speed up the process even further.

How Long Can The Carpet Stay Wet?

How long a carpet stays wet depends on its material, how humid it is outside, the amount of water in your carpet and how often it is walked on.

The higher humidity levels are outside, or if there’s another source of dampness in the vicinity, then your carpet may take longer to dry.

However, you shouldn’t let the carpet stay wet for more than 72 hours as mold could start to grow underneath your carpet, which could cause problems for you in the long run.

A humid environment can also encourage mold growth, so it’s always best to use a dehumidifier whenever possible.

What Is The Best Way To Get Water Out Of Carpet?

The best way would be a combination of a dehumidifier and a steam cleaner.

Using a regular unit to pull the water out of your carpet is good.

However, it will need help from another device for you not to miss any spots and make sure the whole room is dry enough before starting up anything that can potentially damage your homes, such as appliances or other items.

How Long Does It Take For Mold To Grow In Wet Carpet?

It will take between 24-48 hours for mold to grow in the wet carpet if the humidity is not controlled immediately.

You should place a dehumidifier as soon as possible so that you can dry up the carpet and prevent mold growth.

Final Thoughts

You can always put a dehumidifier on a carpet, but as we have discussed, you must take precautionary measures to ensure it doesn’t damage your carpet.

Hopefully, this article has been helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them.

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Irene Batres is eager to help others create an indoor allergen-free home. She has years of experience testing out air purifiers, dehumidifiers, and other products designed to help with indoor air quality. Learn more about me.