CHICAGO — Carpets cleaned professionally using the extraction method should dry in four to six hours; however, drying time can depend on a variety of issues from how soiled the carpet is to how much chemical is used in cleaning, according to a press release.

"Many problems can result if carpets take too long to dry," said Doug Berjer, product manager for CFR Corporation.

prespraying"Not only are there environmental risks, but wet carpets can lead to rapid resoiling. Plus, they are disruptive because entire areas must be blocked off for several hours," Berjer added.

According to the release, the following steps to faster carpet drying are designed to help carpet cleaning technicians and cleaning professionals accomplish this:

Faster carpet drying step #1: Vacuum carpets before extraction; this can result in less water and solution needed to clean them.

Faster carpet drying step #2: If prespraying carpets, prespray in moderation, concentrating on problem and high-traffic areas; some carpet cleaning chemicals contain alcohol or petroleum that can cause carpets to stay wet longer.

Faster carpet drying step #3: In the winter, turn up the heat; in summer, turn up the air-conditioning — look for ways to keep air circulating.

Faster carpet drying step #4: If the room has a lot of movable contents, extract the center first and then move contents to the center of the room and extract the perimeter, placing blocks under furniture legs. Leave contents in the center of the room as long as possible to allow perimeter areas to dry.

Faster carpet drying step #5: The extraction hose should be the largest diameter approved for the tool and the extractor; use the shortest length possible as air flow decreases with hose length.

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