Carpet Drying Time: Why It Is Important
The carpet cleaning process has different aspects involved for it to be considered successful. First, of course, is actually getting rid of the dirt and grime – not simply pushing it deeper into the lush pile, or simply removing the surface soiling. Here, you want a cleaning process that gets to the gunk that is buried within your unit, and extracts it all, for it to be truly clean. Then there are issues such as the speed at which this happens, the kinds of equipment involved, and taking care of those particularly stubborn stains where powerful formulations are required for the task. One other bit that needs to be keenly looked at is the drying time. Why does it matter?
From convenience to safety
How long does the carpet take to dry after it is cleaned? This mainly affected by the amount of moisture that is left behind in the material after it has been rinsed, plus the surrounding temperature and humidity conditions. With the latter, steps like opening up the windows, turning on the fan or cranking up the AC unit will aid in speeding things up. However, much more can be done at the initial stage immediately after the carpet cleaning and rinsing, to extract the bulk of the moisture. This requires heavy machinery and high-powered units, which are unfeasible for DIY tasks, and rookie companies avoid due to the high cost of purchasing and maintaining them. This ends up putting you at a disadvantage if you use these routes. Thus, it can make the carpet to take days to dry, causing different problems for you.
Firstly, there is the disruption to your daily living or working activities. From homes to commercial establishments, no one wants to be stuck in a situation where the carpet is still wet days after the cleaning has been done. It tends to get resoiled quickly. Simply walking on the damp carpet with dirty shoes will cause much of the gunk under the sole to be transferred onto the carpet material. In a bid to prevent it from getting soiled, the affected area is usually sealed off – that way people won’t come tracking dirt onto the wet fibres, which would otherwise readily trap the grime. However, this is inconveniencing for everyone involved. Being in a situation where rooms remain locked away for long, or having sections of your mall or office space inaccessible because the carpet simply hasn’t dried one or two days later, will disrupt your normal flow of operations for longer than is necessary. Inconvenienced customers and employees in business establishments, the increasingly impatient kids and pets at home who get harder to control as time goes by – these can put you one edge, and as it turns out, that will just be one of your concerns.
The wet carpet rapidly evolves from simply being an inconvenience to a health risk for all occupants of the building. Why? It allows mould and mildew to grow. Naturally, there are fungi spores floating around in the indoor air space. As long as there is proper aeration in the building, these usually aren’t a cause for concern. Even when they land on the carpet, they will be removed during the usual vacuuming and routine cleaning. Trouble starts when the spores wind up on a carpet that remains wet for long. Mould and mildew will sprout, sustained by the warm and moist conditions. These present themselves in stains of all sorts of colours— from green, pink, grey and even black, which will be in stark contrast to the rest of the colours of the carpet. Here, the unsightly stains that crop up are only the tip of the iceberg. The mould spreads quickly, and as it matures, it also releases more spores. Now, there will be a far larger concentration of spores in the indoor air space, triggering allergic reactions and asthma attacks. There are also species of fungi that produce mycotoxins, which affect the central nervous system and other parts of the body.
Another problem arises: The mould and mildew growing in the carpet literally feed on its material. This reduces the structural integrity and lifespan of the carpet. In case you have an infestation in the home, it quickly spreads to other sections of the building’s structure, compounding your problem. In fact, it can take weeks before you find out that you have a mould problem that has affected the property- by which time it will cost way much more to have it resolved. Certainly, you don’t want things to take this trajectory. It can all be avoided by calling in the pros right at the initial stage of the cleaning.
Unlike DIY and rookie cleaning tasks, the professionals use industrial-grade extraction systems and drying units for the task. After flushing out the grime from the carpet and rinsing it, high-powered wet vacuums come in to extract most of the moisture from the carpet. So much of it is removed, that it will only be slightly wet to touch. This brings you multiple benefits. For starters, you get to resume using the carpet much sooner- in fact, this can be within the same afternoon in which it has been cleaned. Reducing the drying time means that there will be far less disruption to your home or business premises, allowing things to go back to normal faster- taking away the strain from you.
With this approach, you also won’t have to worry about rapid resoiling. This translates to your carpet remaining cleaner for longer, extended the period in between consecutive cleaning sessions, bringing you savings. What’s more, the quick drying doesn’t give fungi a chance to grow, thus protecting the buildings’ occupants and the carpet itself.
You can get to benefit from in-depth carpet cleaning and quick drying times by leaving the task to our proficient team, who have both the experience and machinery needed to deliver quality results. All this is provided at affordable rates, without compromising on the standards that are expected from the process.