The most asked question people have on professional carpet cleaning is how long it takes for the carpets to dry. People are just as interested on that question as with the pricing. They seem to have heard stories about getting cheap carpet cleaning services that leaves your carpets damp for several days. But usually this is due to wrong technique, if done properly carpet should dry fast within the day.
However bear in mind that it varies according to the condition and situation of the carpets in question. Some carpets have different textures and fibers so it will take a lot longer. For example, a wool type carpet absorbs more water than synthetic based carpets. On the other hand, Polypropylene, a synthetic material, absorbs almost no water so the water remains on the surface, making it feels like it is wet much longer.
The amount of soil also determines how long the time needed to dry. If it is too dirty and saturated with soil, then it will require more effort and liquid to break the soil loose.
Another thing to consider is the humidity and temperature of the room. On humid conditions or cold days, it could take significantly longer to dry. Air movement is restricted hence evaporation is slower. This is due to the air containing much more water than the usual which slows down and resist absorption of moisture. Warm air, on the other hand, is much swifter and causes evaporation to be faster, such as your hair dryer. Hot, dry air from the hair dryer dries your hair faster than a cold setting. This is a good analogy and since we are on the topic of hair, we can also say that longer hair dries longer than shorter one. And as with the hair analogy, a shaggy carpet will require more drying time than short ones.
Techniques also play a great role in determining if carpets will dry faster. It all varies on the method of cleaning. Low moisture methods such as encapsulation are used by some carpet cleaning companies. Since less water is used, then it will also take shorter time to dry it. However, encapsulation works only on lightly soiled carpets and not on heavily soiled carpets. There are also sanitation issues to consider such as urine, vomit, and pet accidents. Improper equipment also affects the time it takes for the carpets to dry. Deep cleaning truck mounted carpet cleaning machines are far more expensive than regular cleaning machines so don’t expect quality on cheap services. For example, AJS Carpet Cleaning South Salt Lake uses truck mounted engines that is ten times more powerful than rented carpet machines.
Our carpet cleaning system uses top of the line technology that is designed to extract the most moist possible. Our wands have a visual indicator that tells us how much water is passing through. Depending on the number of rooms being cleaned, we can request for surface fans to reduce waiting time. Most of the time, the carpets will feel dry before we even leave your residence, however it is advisable to have it dry for 24 hours before traffic sets in.
There are also some areas that take longer to dry such as closets, hallways, stairs, etc. due to furniture which blocks air movement.
AJS Carpet Cleaning Inc strives to leave your carpets as clean and dry as possible so that you can go about with your normal routine. Being thoroughly clean is of our most important concern, but drying time is also of primary importance, but we won’t compromise cleanliness just to have a faster drying time. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 801 368-0705.