We understand that wet carpet can be a big inconvenience. You have to tip tow around your home and keep the kids and pets under control. Every minute that it is wet is another minute that you can not get back to normal. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to get your carpet dry in a hurry.
Drying efforts should start immediately after your carpet cleaner has left your home. If you are getting a Rowlett carpet cleaning, we hope you hired us, but if not, we would still like to help. Here is what you need to do.
Use Your HVAC
Your first temptation will likely be to open up all of the windows, but this is rarely the best case, especially in Texas.
If it is Summer, turn your air conditioning on and set it to 70 degrees. Your air conditioner is essentially a giant dehumidifier, capable of removing gallons of water from the air. The dryer the air, the more water that it can absorb from your damp carpet.
In the Winter, turn your heat on and set it to 75 degrees. In the winter, you have cold dry air because the colder air is, the less moisture it can hold. Heating this dry air up will allow it to absorb more moisture and pull water out of your carpet.
The only time that you would really want to open the windows in your home is when outside temperatures are hovering around 70 degrees. In those cases, your HVAC would not activate much and outside air would be more beneficial.
If you have ceiling fans, turn them on high. Your ceiling fans will blow dry air down from your ceilings and direct it across your carpet. Ideally, these will be clean fans. If you have not cleaned your ceiling fan blades in some time, you should do so before your carpet cleaner arrives. That will prevent the fans from throwing dust all over your clean carpet.
Portable fans should also be used as much as possible. You might be surprised at just how effective a small fan can be at drying a carpet. Especially when you hire a company like us that uses truck mounted machines. These machines leave your carpet only slightly damp after a carpet cleaning. If you do not have any portable fans, consider picking one up before your carpet cleaner arrives. You can typically find box fans for just $10 to $15.
Stay Off It
Try to stay off of your carpet as long as possible after a cleaning. Obviously, you do not want to track anything on to a wet carpet and ruin your cleaning, but there is another reason.
After a carpet cleaning, the high suction from a truck mounted machine will leave the carpet fibers in a vertical position. This is an ideal position for drying, so you want to leave it that way.
It really is simple to get your carpet dry after a professional carpet cleaning. As you can see from the above tips, it really is just about humidity control and air flow. Keep the humidity down and move as much air as possible and you will have dry carpets in a matter of hours.