Water is necessary to get truly clean carpet and remove carpet stains, but no one should have wet carpet for long after a professional cleaning. In fact, wet carpet can be more than an inconvenience. It can damage your carpet and harbor mildew growth. Your carpet shouldn't feel underwater after a professional cleaning. Get to the bottom of this common problem. Your carpet shouldn't feel underwater after a professional cleaning. There are four primary factors that affect dry times:

  1. Soil levels
  2. Humidity
  3. Air flow
  4. Temperature

The homeowner and carpet cleaner typically have little control over these four factors. But over-wetting the carpet and lack of dry stroking are the most common reasons for long dry times, which are both caused by the technician. No matter the conditions of the job, dry time is the technician's responsibility. The industry standard for dry time is 4 to 8 hours and never longer than 24 hours. If your carpet is still wet 10 hours after a cleaning, consider switching service providers. And always look for companies that use professional grade fans to speed up dry times.

What causes wet carpet?

Most methods of professional carpet cleaning require water, including ZEROREZ's Empowered Water technology. Hot water extraction, also known as "steam cleaning"is a popular technique for cleaning carpets that involves applying a pre-spray to the carpet, agitating it and then extracting/rinsing through a wand using hot water. Most services using hot water extraction rely on soaps, detergents and shampoos as cleaning agents. In order to remove these substances, the technician often over-wets the carpet to rinse out the chemicals. Because ZEROREZ uses Empowered Water as its cleaning agent, any possible need for adding extra water for rinsing is eliminated.

Effects on carpet quality

Over-wetting can create a host of issues with carpet and fibers. If your carpet stays too wet for too long, consider the ramifications. Jute and cotton carpets will shrink if too much water is used or if it is not quickly dried. Tufted carpet is the most commonly found residential and commercial carpet. Over-wetting tufted carpet can lead to the secondary backing releasing from its adhesive. While this can be corrected, it???s not ideal and your cleaner should be aware of the dangers of over-wetting carpet. Your Indianapolis carpet-cleaning technician should do everything possible to shorten the dry time of your carpet. Contact ZEROREZ with your carpet cleaning challenge. We are ready to serve you.