WHEN WILL YOUR CARPET OR UPHOLSTERY BE DRY?
Here you are on the internet looking for a carpet – upholstery cleaner in Liverpool and you will see loads of different websites offering this service.
Now a few years ago the only real place to find a carpet cleaner was to ask a friend or look in the Yellow pages.
These days most people have a mobile phone with the internet and so can have a lot more choice on choosing a cleaning company.
But…. there is a problem here. For just a couple of hundred pounds, any Tom Dick or even Harry can have a great professional looking carpet and sofa cleaning website knocked up.
Claims can be made such as ’20 years experience’ ‘Most powerful machine in the world’ ‘Best looking carpet cleaner ever’, well you get the gist.
This blog post is to talk about one of these claims that I see here in Liverpool – ‘Dry within 1 hour’, as well as ‘Dry straight away’.
CARPET CLEANERS DRYING TIMES
So why do carpets need a drying time? Most carpet cleaners use a system that’s known as ‘hot water extraction’. Some call it ‘steam cleaning’. What happens here, is after a vacuum (check your carpet cleaner does a vacuum before any clean as it really is an important step in any professional clean) the carpet is treated with a pre-spray. This loosens up and bad stuff in the carpet ready for extracting.
The extraction process is the ‘steam cleaning‘ part. Hot water is injected into the carpet at high pressure and instantly extracted back to the machine. So as you can see, moisture is involved, and not all of it is from the carpet to the machine, although a high percentage of it should be.
So what important here is that the carpet cleaner in question has sufficient vacuum power in order to extract as much moisture from the carpet as possible, as well as having the correct time and technique to carry out this task.
So, a synthetic carpet should be dry within a couple of hours, a wool carpet in around 8 hours.
WHY LONG DRYING TIMES?
Reasons for carpets that take a long time to dry are –
- Cheap carpet cleaners are in a rush to cram work in.
- Underpowered extraction units.
- Bad technique when cleaning.
- Lack of ventilation in the room after cleaning.
- No use of air movers by the cleaner post clean.
CARPETS WITH NO DRYING TIME
SOFA DRYING TIMES
So the same as above is correct for upholstery cleaning, although you should expect a cleaned piece of upholstery to take between 2 and 12 hours to fully dry.
WHAT IS DRY CARPET CLEANING?
Well, the carpet may have a dry compound sprinkled onto it and then brushed through the fibres. This dry compound is actually slightly moist and is supposed to absorb any dirt. This dry carpet cleaning compound is then vacuumed up.
Or – a carpet cleaning ‘encapsulation’ solution is sprayed onto the carpet (hey, thought this was ‘dry carpet cleaning?!?) and is then scrubbed into the carpet with the use of cotton bonnet pads.
So yes the carpet will be a lot drier that hot water extraction initially, but clean? Well, you can make your own mind up, but after many years of cleaning all kinds of carpeting, I would never clean my own using the ‘dry’ system.