The final part of the process of cleaning your carpet actually happens after the
cleaning company leaves. You should make sure your carpet is dry within 24 hours
at the longest or you may run into mold problems.
During the summer, this is not hard – a few fans and leaving the windows open and
you’re done. The story is different in the winter. Cooler weather can
create challenges unless you take a strategic approach to drying.
To begin, turn your heat up a few degrees and change the fan on your thermostat
from auto to on. This will ventilate your home as you dry the carpet. Any other fans
that vent to the outside, such as your range and bathroom fans, can also be turned
on to help. You may want to open a few windows also if it’s not too cold.
The next step is turning on any ceiling fans and placing portable fans in corners
where air-flow is limited. If you rented a professional blower from your carpet
cleaner, move it around to catch the damp patches.
Check out any transitions from carpeting to hard surfaces. The leftover dampness
can make adjacent hard surface floors slippery. Remember also that your shoes are
wet on the bottom, and watch for slipping. If you have pets, cover any furniture in
danger from damp paws.
With these efforts, you should have a dry carpet in 12-18 hours. Then you can relax,
move your furniture back where it belongs, and start planning for the holidays!