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Why do carpets get dirtier after cleaning them?

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There's some truth to that and some myth. Here's some education on that subject.

When you buy a new carpet, the nylon or whatever synthetic fiber is extruded through a spinneret and is smooth like glass with microscopic pores. It is then spayed with dye that collects in those micro pores. Then the manufacturer puts on some form of fabric protection (like scothgard). This puts microscopic dots along the surface of the fiber, which acts like how a non stick pan works by creating a surface reducing surface tension. So basically, you have a semi bullet proof carpet when it is new.

So a year or two go by. Your carpet  has had no care needed but starting to show in the traffic areas. What's happening is the fabric protection is wearing off, along with now the fiber is starting to develop scratches in it from wear and tear. Dirt and oils can now penetrate the protective finish along with collect into the scratches of the fiber.

So now you have your carpets cleaned. Depending on the level of the soiling or the knowledge of the carpet cleaner, some of the detergents a carpet cleaner uses, especially presprays, will remove any protective finish, leaving your fibers naked from protection. Another scenario is the cleaner leaving a residual on the fiber attracting soil.

More frequent, lighter cleanings will extend the life of your protective finish. And if your protective finish is worn off, I can re-apply it, making the need for cleanings less frequent.

For more info or a free evaluation give me a call at 339-613-7565 or send me an email at kevin@alistcarpetcleaning.com.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
(339) 613-7565



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