Carpet steam cleaning, how long should it take to dry?

After having carpet professionally steam cleaned, how long should it take before the carpet is fully dry? What happens if the carpet gets too wet? Can mold or mildew form under the carpet? What are your experiences (good or bad) with professional carpet steam-cleaning companies?

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