While this is completely understandable and dry times are important, you have to understand exactly what dry time means and why carpet cleaning dry times can be something people focus on too much.
So How Long Should Your Carpets Take To Dry After Cleaning?
What Factors Influence How Long Carpets Take After Cleaning
2. The level of soil in your carpet. If you carpet is lightly soiled then your professional carpet cleaner is not going to need to be as aggressive in cleaning your carpet. And in most cases not being as aggressive means not using as much water (no matter what method is being used).
If your carpet is heavily soiled then your cleaner is going to have to use more water to flush the soil from the carpet, and therefore dry times are most likely going to be a little longer. Even if your carpet was really soiled a good professional carpet cleaner should be able to clean it well and get you dry times of 12 hours or less. If not, then the drying phase of the carpet cleaning was probably not done properly.
3. The type of carpet. The type of carpet, mainly related to the fiber type but also the construction of the carpet, can play a large role in how long your carpets take to dry after getting them cleaned.
A nylon carpet that is not too thick (density) will dry faster than a heavy wool carpet. A carpet made out of olefin (polypropylene) will most likely dry faster because the fiber itself does not absorb much moisture. So carpet type plays a big role in carpet dry times after cleaning.
4. Humidity inside and outside of your home. This factor might actually be a larger factor in carpet dry times than the type of carpet but we will leave it at number four. We are not going to get into the science of why humidity plays such an important role in the dry times of anything, but it does play a big role.
If the air in your home is humid (lots of moisture in it) then the carpets are simply going to take longer to dry than if the air is drier, all other things being equal. Humid air slows down the drying process as there is not as much dry air for the water in the carpet to evaporate into. Now that might not have been the most scientific explanation but we think you get it!
Dry air allows for more and faster evaporation to take place, and this is a GREAT thing for carpets drying faster. Also, the humidity outside of your home directly effects the humidity in your home unless you are using appliances of some sort to control humidity levels inside.
Example: If you live in a dry area, let's say Arizona, and have your carpets cleaned you are going to getting faster dry times than if that same carpet was cleaned in Vancouver, Washington on a wet day.
5. Airflow in your home and around the carpet. And finally we get to airflow in your home. If the airflow in your home is stagnant then carpet dry times can be increased. This is why opening your windows when having your carpets cleaned is a good idea if the weather is good.
Opening your doors and windows when it is raining hard, and the temps are low, is NOT going to help your carpets
Another factor in airflow is the air that is directly flowing above your carpet fibers. When air moves over a surface it actually pulls moisture from that surface and moves it away, allowing more moisture to leave the surface.
Here is a good example of that: If you take a straw and blow over the straw you will see the liquid the straw is in start to move up the straw. This same thing happens when air moves over a carpet surface. The moisture is pulled from the surface.
So What Can You Do To Make Sure Your Carpets Dry As Fast As Possible?
Or, if you have a special gathering of some sort at your home and you didn't have time to plan to have your carpets cleaned and that gathering was within a 24 hour time frame. Unless that is the case do NOT EVER just clean for appearance!
You should be looking for thorough cleaning and good appearance after cleaning. Why pay to just have the surface of your carpet cleaned and leave a bunch of soil and contaminants in your carpet
You make sure you get airflow to your carpet.
The key to really fast dry times, even with hot water extraction, is to extract as much water as possible during the cleaning and get air movement on the carpet IMMEDIATELY after cleaning. And when we say immediately after cleaning, that is what we mean!
Once a quarter or half of the room is done being cleaned it is time to get air movement on that carpet. If a carpet cleaner does that you are almost guaranteed, in
Also, if the weather outside is good then open those windows. Open them in a few different rooms, keep the interior doors open, and open them upstairs (if you have an upstairs) and downstairs.
Basements, because of the way most are constructed, can be naturally damp and therefore cause some issues with dry times. The same fast drying techniques for the first floor and any upstairs floors is doubly important for basements.
Open the windows, get air flowing over the carpet fibers, and open the door(s) to the basement. Doing these things will make a big difference in how fast your carpets dry.
Conclusion: How Long Should Your Carpets Take To Dry After Cleaning
As we said in this article, there are many factors that go into carpet dry times. But if the conditions are right you can also get your carpets dry in two hours or less, and that is with very aggressive carpet cleaning.
If you are in the need of high quality carpet cleaning and also want fast dry times please give us a call today.