Once you've invested time and money on having your carpet professionally cleaned, you are going to want to make sure it stays clean. It's important to give the carpet the sufficient time to dry before you, family or pets on it or replace furniture that you've moved. Walking too soon can track dirt into the still-wet carpet, and moving furniture before the carpet is thoroughly dry can dent the fibers or leave rust or stains on your clean carpet from furniture finishes.
How Long Does Carpet Take to Dry After Cleaning
Ideally, avoid heavy traffic and keep children and pets off the carpet for at least 6 hours after cleaning. 6 hours is the ideal time to wait for your carpets to dry however this can be tricky if you have a family. Usually 2 hours is sufficient. If you must walk across the carpet to get to another part of the house, do it 30 minutes after cleaning it by removing your shoes and wearing a pair of clean white socks to protect the carpet.
We recommend getting as much air flow in the room as possible. Ventilation is crucial when drying a carpet. For this reason, you want to keep your doors and windows open to allow fresh air to circulate. Do this as soon as the carpet technician leaves and then leave open for 2 hours or more.
We recommend leaving these protectors in place for 24 hours, after which can be removed. If you've cleaned the carpet yourself, follow the 24-hour guideline before replacing the furniture.
Factors That Can Affect Drying Times
- Carpet materials – Some carpet materials dry out pretty quickly while others can take a little bit longer. For example, wool carpets are very absorbent and will require more drying time than nylon or polyester. Carpets made out of 100% wool can take up to 24 hours to dry and even longer if the weather is cooler. Synthetic carpets are perfect for steam cleaning since they don’t trap as much moisture hench the shorter drying times.
- Humidity – Humidity plays an important role in drying a newly cleaned carpet. The lower the humidity, the faster the carpet will dry. This is because dry air allows moisture to evaporate easier and facilitate the drying process. We recommend getting some fresh air inside to replace the accumulated humid air out of your home for more efficient carpet drying.
- Temperature – The indoor temperature in your home can also affect how fast or slow the carpet dries. Ideally, the temperature should be around 20-30 degrees Celsius so the moisture can evaporate quickly. It would be best to have your carpet steam cleaned when the weather is warm and sunny for faster drying times.
Having your carpet professionally cleaned is an important part of home maintenance. It keeps your home hygienic and it preserves the condition of your precious carpet. That said, you need to ensure that the carpet is completely dry before you can walk on it. Follow these tips to make drying times more manageable than it usually is.
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