As the title says, I am looking for material or ways to suck water quickly from hardwood floor or carpet.

  • How much, how often, under what conditions, and why doesn't a wet/dry shop vacuum meet your needs? – keshlam Feb 4 '17 at 22:04
  • We are potty training our 2 yr old and she makes a mess from time to time. – javanoob Feb 4 '17 at 22:07
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    That's a somewhat different question, since you want to wash the surface, not just mop it. Dealing with cats, I find sponges/mops/paper towels followed by an enzyme-based odor-killing floor cleaner is quite adequate. – keshlam Feb 4 '17 at 22:11
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    2YOs don't produce all that much liquid at a time; how about paper towels? – Daniel Griscom Feb 5 '17 at 1:19
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    Disposable diapers, or the absorbant polymer they contain? The latter can be ordered in bulk, but you may need to go to a company that deals specifically with workplace safety and order it as HazMat spill cleanup material. Locally, look for the powder used to quick-solidify excess paint. But grabbing a diaper you already have on hand, and cutting it open if you just want the absorbant, may be the simplest answer. – keshlam Feb 7 '17 at 15:51

A wet (typically "wet/dry") vacuum - most commonly the most affordable form is a shop vacuum. You can use it like a "carpet cleaner" (which is a more expensive form) by spraying a cleaning solution and then sucking that up with the vacuum. Most are quite loud.

A wet/dry shop vacuum

Image is an example of the type, not an endorsement of a particular brand or supplier.

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