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Why is My Carpet Still Wet After Cleaning?
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08/12/2021

Why is My Carpet Still Wet After Cleaning?

When you get your carpet cleaned, it’s only natural to expect fresh carpets and a pleasant atmosphere in your home. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, people are left confused and disappointed when their carpet is still wet long after cleaning.

In this post, we’ll discuss why that might be the case, whether it’s an issue, and what you can do about it.

Why is my carpet wet?

To understand why your carpet is wet, it’s worth considering how carpet cleaning machinery works. It starts by injecting a water-based cleaning solution deep into your carpet. The carpet is then agitated by brushes within the machine to loosen dirt, dust and debris along with stains. Finally, this is all lifted away by the machine’s powerful vacuum.

Naturally, all carpet cleaners will leave some moisture, which will dry out in the hours following the cleaning process. However, if the carpet remains wet long after cleaning, it’s because the final step of that process was insufficient.

In other words, the wet solution that has been injected into your carpet hasn’t been removed properly. That could be caused by a low-quality machine with poor suction. Alternatively, it could be down to the operator, who has moved the machine across your carpet too quickly, for instance.

How long should carpets take to dry?

The question on many people’s minds is whether their carpet moisture is a natural by-product of cleaning or a result of an inadequate job. At All Seasons Clean, we advise customers to expect carpets to be wet for 2-4 hours after professional cleaning. This is simply the time it takes for the remaining moisture to leave the carpet as part of our fast-drying service.

If, on the other hand, your carpets still feel wet or damp after a day or even multiple days, then it’s almost certainly down to a shoddy job, low-quality equipment or both.

Should I be concerned?

Wet carpets can be pretty unpleasant. With most people taking their shoes off to protect their carpets, that moisture could get onto your socks and feet. You might also notice an off-putting damp smell in your home.

On top of all that, a wet carpet is a tell-tale sign of an incomplete clean. If a machine fails to remove most of the moisture from your carpet, it usually means a lot of dirt and bacteria has been left behind too.

To make things worse, carpets that are still wet after over 36 hours could even be causing mould and mildew between the carpet and underlay.

Fast-drying carpet cleaning

While moisture is necessary for a deep clean, a carpet that’s still wet after several hours or days is a tell-tale sign of a poor job. The best course of action is to have your carpet cleaned by a trusted company with a truly fast-drying process.

That’s exactly what we offer at All Seasons Clean. Working throughout Derby and Nottingham, our professional operatives and state-of-the-art machinery will make sure your carpets are left fresh, clean and dry after just 2-4 hours.

Contact us today to get a fast, free quote or answers to any questions you may have.

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