As a homeowner, you know that between kids, pets, and everyday life, your carpet needs some TLC. An important aspect of cleaning your carpets is ensuring your carpet dries properly afterward! Wetness or dampness can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew, especially in the space between the carpet and the padding.
You need sufficient time to properly dry carpets after cleaning. Dry-cleaned carpets take an average of 2-4 hours, while steam-cleaned carpets take 6-12 hours. However, a few strategies help speed up the drying process.
Clean your carpets more often
The more frequently you clean your carpets, the less dirty they will be the next time they’re cleaned. Cleaner carpets require less water to clean, which means less water to dry!
Open the windows and turn on the fans
Open windows and turn on fans to create the ideal combination for drying carpets. Windows will provide fresh air, and fans will help circulate around the room. Keep an eye on the weather, though, as you don’t want to use this method during rainy weather!
Run the AC
The air conditioner can also provide air circulation to the room, but it won’t be continuous. This is a great option if you can’t open windows or use fans.
Sprinkle with baking soda
Baking soda can absorb moisture and eliminate slight odors, as long as you don’t use it on a carpet that is still soaking wet. Liberally sprinkle the damp carpet with baking soda, let it sit for 24 hours, and then vacuum it up.
When it’s time to clean your carpets, turn to the experts at Oops! Steam Cleaning. Our skilled professionals use a 100% green carpet cleaning solution that is safe for everyone in your home, including your pets!