Water damage cleanup or water restoration is so advanced that they have developed a word for the process and science of drying:
Psychometry Definition: the science and practice associated with atmospheric air mixtures and water vapor, their evaluation, control and effect on materials.
Simply stated, the most efficient drying is accomplished when the restoration technician understands the scientific relationship between open and closed drying systems, natural versus mechanical dehumidification, and, most importantly, the relationship of temperature, humidity and airflow.
An experienced water technician will utilize the practices of balanced drying…the balance of evaporation and dehumidification. By maximizing the use of airflow, temperature and dehumidification, faster drying is maximized. If one, two or all three of the properties is misused or over depended upon, damage can occur, increasing microbial growth and increasing the drying time.