3 Essential Factors for Furniture Cleaning and Drying
When it comes to drying your furniture after professional cleaning, three crucial factors come into play: temperature, air flow, and humidity. Think of it as a similar concept to your clothes dryer – it combines heat and air circulation to remove moisture quickly.
Please note: After professional cleaning, the more heavily soiled areas of a piece of furniture, such as the headrest, arms, and cushions, tend to retain moisture and, as a result, take longer to dry. This is because these areas absorb more cleaning solution and water during the cleaning process. To expedite drying, it’s important to pay special attention to these high-soil regions by using fans or adjusting environmental conditions to ensure that they dry thoroughly, maintaining the overall cleanliness and appearance of your furniture.
What You Can Do
While your furniture can’t go into a dryer, you can follow these simple steps to expedite the drying process:
- Adjust the Temperature – If you tend to keep your indoor environment at a cool temperature with air conditioning, it might prolong drying times. Raise your thermostat slightly and allow the temperature to increase a few degrees above your usual setting to accelerate the drying process.
- Enhance Air Flow – Opening windows can improve the drying process by promoting better air circulation, except on very humid days.
- Utilize Floor Fans – Positioning floor fans in areas with damp furniture will help disperse the moisture created during the cleaning process, expediting the drying. Keep in mind that the more soiled areas of a piece of furniture, such as the headrest, arms, and cushions, will typically take the longest to dry.
- Turn On the Furnace Fan – Even if you don’t have air conditioning, you can enhance air circulation by activating your furnace’s summer fan. This feature circulates air without the heat, facilitating quicker drying.
- Keep Interior Doors Open – Sealing off a room or space with recently cleaned furniture can extend the drying time. Keep interior doors open to allow moisture to escape and encourage better air circulation throughout your home.