Hot water Extraction Cleaning(known as steam cleaning which eliminates dust, allergens & sanitizes) is when hot water is injected (flushed) into the carpet through the carpet wand, the soil is suspended up through the fibers, and the vacuum from the truck mount extracts (removes) suspended soils and excess water from the carpet.
On average it will take up to 6-8 hours for complete DRYING. Carpet will dry faster with better air flow. So running your air or heat depending on the outside temperature and turning on ceiling fans and any portable fans you have will help reduce dry time.
The carpet will not be excessively wet to the touch after cleaning. It will feel “cold” to the touch. It is best to stay off the carpet after cleaning until complete dry time is reached.