- Fast-Drying Tips for Carpet Cleaners
- By Doug Berjer — posted 07/05/2011
While customers are often happy with their carpet’s appearance after cleaning, a common complaint that carpet cleaners hear is that the just-cleaned carpets take too long to dry. Plain and simple, both commercial and residential customers want their carpet to dry as quickly as possible.
For carpet cleaning technicians looking to get their customers’ carpets to dry faster, consider these fast-drying tips that might just save the day.
- Before beginning, make sure the sprayer tip (wand), vacuum systems, hoses, and filters are clean and working properly
- Vacuum the carpets first; this removes most dry soils so less moisture may be necessary to actually clean the carpets
- Use just enough pre-spray; too much pre-spray requires more moisture to remove the chemical from the carpets
- After pre-spraying the carpets, turn on any available ceiling fans
- Open windows and turn on ventilating systems while carpet cleaning
- Turn up the machine’s p.s.i. as high as safely possible to provide maximum water lift/moisture removal
- Perform two or more dry strokes for every wet stroke
- Use as little vacuum hose as possible and make sure it does not coil, causing restrictions
- Install air movers at strategic locations around the just-cleaned area
- For carpets to dry faster at future cleaning jobs, consider new wand technologies. While wands weren’t given much attention years ago, they play a major role in carpet cleaning—from improving carpet appearance to removing moisture for faster drying.
Doug Berjer is product manager for CFR Corp., a manufacturer of recycling carpet extractors. For more information about CFR, visit www.cfrcorp.com.