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Yesterday my karistan carpet was cleaned and the service rep suggeted I also have it scotch guarded.  Today I tried to vacuum the carpet with my Dyson vacuum and it is almost impossible to run. The brush also became fullof single sticky fibers. What should I do?

Apparently the vacuum worked fine before application of the Scotchgard. I assume the Scotchgard brand material was actually used, as many cleaners use the name generically.

Whatever, it has become sticky.  This could be due to mixing too much concentrate with the dilution water, preventing normal drying.  

Regardless, it must come off, as if it remains sticky, it will turn your carpet into a very effective shoe cleaner; instead of repelling soil, ti will attract soil. Get the cleaner to re-clean the carpet several times with plain water.

I suggest you contact Karastan for their recommendation about application of aftermarket treatments. Most antisoil treatments applied by manufacturers are durable through a number of cleanings and additional applications are not necessary. Some carpet cleaners push these treatments as they are quite profitable.

Hope this helps


There is no excuse for a carpet to require 4 days to dry.  It should be dry within 24 hours. I would suggest another cleaner next time.


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Carey Mitchell


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Retired after 44 years in carpet manufacture, technical and research. Served 33 years as Director of Technical Services for the world's largest carpet manufacturer.

The Carpet and Rug Institute, Technical Chair - 12 years; American Society for Testing and Materials (40 years); American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (39 years); Society of Cleaning and Restoration (Board of Directors); US National Textile Research Consortium; Cleaning Industry Research Institute (Board of Directors and founder); Canadian General Standards Board Technical Advisory Committee; The Fiber Society; Alzheimer's Association of NW GA (Board of Directors); Trout Unlimited; Federation of Fly Fishermen

AATCC Review (Textile Chemist and Colorist Journal); Journal of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; International Journal of Flooring Sciences Cleaning Digest; Cleanfax Magazine; Floor Covering Weekly; Floor Covering News; Proceedings of the Technical Conference of the Polyurethane Association; Proceedings of the Symposium on the Science of Cleaning;

BS in Chemistry and Business Administration, University of North Georgia

Awards and Honors
Carpet and Rug Institute, Smrekar Award, 1998; Carpet Industry Leadership Award, 1994; Cleanfax Magazine Person of the Year, 1996; Cleaning Digest, person of the year, 1997; Institute of Inspections,Cleaning and Restoration Certifications award,1997; ISCT Lipscomb Award, 2004

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