Many homeowners want to know how long to expect the carpets will be damp until they are fully dry after they invest in a deep professional carpet cleaning. Since most professionals recommend avoiding foot traffic until the carpets are completely dry, it is a fair question. It has come to our attention that some low quality, inexpensive “professionals” of the audacity to leave the carpets so wet after their service, that it takes over a week for them to dry; that is unacceptable. Most professional’s goal is to have them dry within 4-8 hours, however several circumstances can expedite the time or even expand it. Today, we at Leading Carpet Cleaning would like to take the opportunity to elaborate on those circumstances to help consumers better understand how long it could take for their carpets to dry following a professional cleaning.

How Long Does it Take for Carpet to Dry After Cleaning?

Dry time varies from every home because every situation is different before, during, and after a carpet cleaning service. One of the primary factors is the type of carpet being cleaned. With the variety of materials used to manufacture carpets, they actually play a major role in the dry time. Wool carpet, for example, can absorb up to 30% of its weight with water whereas polypropylene carpeting doesn’t absorb any water, which leaves all the moisture on the surface. In comparison, the polypropylene carpet feels damp for far longer because of that. Carpets that are short will also dry faster that carpets that are shaggy as well.

Dirty Carpets Take Longer to Dry

Another consideration to the dry time is how often the carpets are cleaned professionally. Carpets that is not cleaned professionally but every few years will have a buildup of compacted soil, which will require more cleaning products to break the embedded soil loose, thus using more water to rinse and extract the cleaners and soil. So, the carpets with more soil will take longer to dry than the carpets with the lesser soil that are routinely cleaned every 6-12 months.

Carpets Dry Faster in Warmer Weather

Weather and climate conditions are additional factors that are configured into dry time. Climates with higher humidity and during the colder weather will take longer for the carpets to dry especially in compared to warmer weather and dryer climates. Moisture can evaporate a lot faster with heat and air movement. Environments that are cold and the air is heavy with moisture takes evaporation far longer because the moisture has difficulty getting into the already heavy air.

Cleaning Method Affects Carpet Drying Time

Lastly, the dry time can be influenced by the various professionals due to their preferred cleaning method. Where some opt to use low moisture methods others will use high extraction methods, especially when it comes to tackling stubborn stains and odors. When more water becomes necessary to push the cleaners through the carpeting to combat these stains and odors, the carpets will require more dry time even the professional will use high-powered extraction equipment to remove as much moisture as possible.

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When your carpets are due for a comprehensive deep clean, call in the experts of Leading Carpet Cleaning where our goal is to ensure a safe and effective cleaning that will require as little dry time as possible. Based on the current conditions, our specialists will ensure to give you an estimated dry time before normal foot traffic can resume to keep your carpets looking amazing. Contact us today.