The Stellar Carpet Cleaning staff has been asked this question quite often. There are a few factors affecting the drying time after a steam carpet cleaning:
- Obviously, the weather is the most important determining factors: including the temperature and humidity. In Brisbane, it can take as little as 2 hours for a light polypropylene carpet to dry in a hot and sunny day. While it take much longer in winter, often overnight.
- The type of fabric also determines the drying time. synthetic fabric (nylon, polypropylene, polyester) will be dry much quicker while wool carpet takes much longer to dry.
- The face weight of carpet (weight per square meter) also plays an important role in drying, and it is not difficult to understand. The face weight of carpet means how dense the fabric and how deep the pile can such weight can vary greatly. The less dense carpet (often cheaper in price) takes much less time to dry.
- Another factor is the availability of ventilation and access of sunlight. That is why carpet cleaners always require to turn on the ceiling fans and leave door/windows open.