Getting your carpets cleaned on a regular basis is a good way to eliminate odors and allergens that may make living in your home unbearable. While steam cleaning can be very effective, one drawback of this carpet cleaning method is it can take up to 6 hours for the carpets to dry and sometimes overnight if too much water was used. If you need your carpets to dry fast, here are three things you can do.
Schedule the Service for a Dry Day
One of the top things that can affect how quickly your carpet dries is the amount of humidity in the air. Drying occurs via the process of evaporation. So, how fast your carpet dries will depend on how much moisture the air in your home is already holding. When humidity is high, the air is already filled with water, and the rate of evaporation will be significantly lower than it would be on days when humidity is low.
Thus, something you can do to ensure your carpets dry as quickly as possible is to schedule the cleaning service on a day when humidity is expected to be low. The optimal times will vary depending on where you live, but generally colder days are best because the air naturally tends to be drier when it's cold.
Conversely, humidity tends to be lowest during midday when temperatures are higher, so having the cleaners come midmorning so they finish their work about noon or so can help you take advantage of the natural low afternoon humidity.
Keep an eye on weather forecasts for your area to help you plan when to get your carpets cleaned.
Turn on the Air Conditioner
Many carpet cleaners use fans to encourage carpets to dry faster, but you can help things along by turning on the air conditioner. A/C units cool the air in part by extracting moisture, because water tends to hold heat. Thus, the air conditioner will have a dehumidifying effect in your home and produce dry air.
Since the moisture content is low, this will speed up the evaporation process and shorten the amount of time needed for your carpets to dry. As an added bonus, your air conditioner's fan will also turn on, which can also help move moist air out of the home.
If it's too cold outside to run the air conditioner or you're concerned about your energy bills, and alternative is to run a dehumidifier in the room where the carpet was cleaned. How fast it helps dry the carpet will depend on how big the appliance is and/or how many you use in the room.
Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum
Carpet cleaners typically use a special tool to extract water from the carpet after shampooing and cleaning it, which can cut down drying time. However, these tools don't extract 100 percent of the water, which is why the technicians have to use additional tools, such as fans, to reduce the moisture content in the carpet.
If you own a wet/dry vacuum, you can use it to extract additional water from the carpet, though how much you are able to remove will depend on the quality of your machine and how powerful it is. Even if you only remove a small amount, though, that's less water that needs to be removed via evaporation, which will lead to a shorter drying time. You can also follow up the extraction process by putting towels on the floor to sop up some of the excess water.
For more tips on getting your carpets to dry faster after cleaning or to schedule an appointment to have your carpets shampooed, contact a carpet cleaning company, such as Steam Local Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning.