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Wednesday, September 05 2012
My Carpets Feel Sticky After Cleaning:

Almost without exception we have someone visit our website, send us an email, or give us a call, on a weekly basis, asking the question, "Why do my carpets feel sticky after cleaning?" Mind you we did NOT do the work but they still contact us wanting to know why?

When speaking to these individuals we often find two scenarios - the first is that they rented a Rug Doctor, or similar machine, and tried to clean it themselves, or they hired a low budget carpet cleaner from Groupon or Living Social. What usually happens is that the "cleaner", whoever that might be, left the soap in the carpet and that is why it feels sticky. Have you ever washed your hair and not gotten all the soap out? It feels much the same way as carpet does that has not been properly rinsed. My children, when they were younger, had this happen to them more than once when they were learning to bath themselves.

When carpets are cleaned with a solution the chemicals in that solution usually consist of an alkaline, a degreaser, and a surfactant. The alkaline is what breaks down and attracts the dirt, the degreaser emulsifies the oils, and the surfactant makes the whole thing slippery so that the dirt will more easily leave the carpet fibres. Usually the pH level of the cleaning solution is somewhere between 9.0 to 10.0. Carpets are pH neutral or 7.0. If you do not successfully extract out all of the soap you will leave your carpets in a high alkaline state and they will "dirty" faster. The end result is that you will have carpet that will feel sticky to the touch, will dirty faster, and you will not like what happens to the bottom of your feet when you walk around in your bare feet.

To remedy the problem you need to call a reputable carpet cleaner who uses HOT WATER EXTRACTION. Any other cleaning method will only make matters worse. You need to let the person know exactly what is going on, who cleaned the carpets, when it was cleaned, so that they can better diagnose how to solve the problem. A reputable cleaning company will use a "rinsing agent" along with hot water extraction to solve your problem. A rinsing agent is similar to a cream rinse that you may use on your hair. A conditioner rinses out all of the soap and leaves your hair soft and manageable. The same thing happens when you properly rinse a carpet. Here at Liberty Floor Solutions we use a rinsing agent every time we clean. People consistently tell me that our cleaning job not only lasted longer than their previous cleaners but the carpets felt soft to the touch when dry.

I hope this has been helpful to you, if you have questions please feel free to email me at 

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 08:41 am   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
I use a Bissell to clean my own carpets and they always feel sticky after I am done. Do I have the same problem as a Rug Doctor?
Posted by Peggy on 09/12/2012 - 08:02 PM

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