Why Do Steam-Cleaned Surfaces Need to Dry?

Do you understand why steam-cleaned surfaces need to dry? If not, you’re at risk of dirtying or damaging your carpets right after having them professionally washed. If you walk on a carpet that’s still wet, dirt can be tracked in, the fibers can be dented, and furniture finishes can even wear off to leave unsightly stains.

Of course, there’s no exact answer when it comes to steam-cleaned carpet drying times, though average times are one of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs. It’s something that’s more art than science, but here’s a quick guide.

Why Do Steam-Cleaned Surfaces Need to Dry?

Typical Drying Time

  • Left unattended after steam cleaning, you can expect your carpet or rug to dry out in around 6 to 12 hours.

Experience

  • Properly certified steam-cleaning technicians understand how much moisture is needed to achieve a proper clean without leaving excess water and creating long drying times.

Humidity

  • Moisture can only evaporate into the air when the air is dryer than the carpet, so you should open your windows to help, weather permitting.

Tips for Faster Drying

  • If you need to walk on your carpet, remove your street shoes. Leave protective pads in place and keep the room clear of furniture.

Why Professional Steam Cleaning is Vital for Proper Drying

Steam cleaners use a fair amount of water to break down the dirt and stains in your carpet and then remove them. A well-established company will have invested in very strong vacuum systems to ensure that as much moisture as possible is removed during that process. It’s impossible to make carpeting or rugs bone-dry right away, but using the right machine is going to play a huge role in expediting the drying process.

And just as important as the machine itself is the person who controls it. As mentioned above, an experienced operator understands how much water to use with each job. It’s that kind of knowledge that tends to decrease drying times — additionally, an inexperienced operator may oversoak your carpet, leading to warping or structural damaged to the surface below.

Look for a Certified IICRC Steam-Cleaning Surface

One of the reasons homeowners from Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, and all across the Greater Chicago area continue to place their trust in Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs is that we know just how to make drying times as short as possible while still achieving a spotless clean. To learn more, feel free to contact us today.