Is Carpet Protection Worth It?

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Scott Arkon

Subject: Protectant on Polyester

Protectant does work on polyester. It doesn't matter if it's water based or solvent based protectant. He is incorrectly stating that "pouring a water-based protector on polyester, a plastic-based fiber, does absolutely nothing." Nylon carpet is a plastic based fiber and it demands a protector or it stains easily.

The author is referring to the fact that polyester has almost no absorbency for water. Because of that polyester is very unlikely to stain in the first place. But protectors do more than just block staining, they also lower the surface tension of the fiber and keep soils and oil from sticking to the outside of the fiber (adsorbency). This makes the fiber easier to clean.

Carpet mills apply protectant to polyester and so should you.

Matthew Frein

Subject: Polyester and Protectant

Can someone provide a detailed/technical explanation of why protectant does not work on Polyester? I've read many resources and this is the only article I've found making the claim it does nothing to help protect the carpet.

I know Polyester is naturally stain resistant but is there a reason why the WBP doesn't work on it? What about polyester blends?

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RUN, don't catwalk away !

If there is a strong urine smell, you have to assume their realtor noticed it even if they were acclimated to it and had them clean the carpets so there would be a chance of selling it. The fact there is still strong odor means it has saturated walls, run down behind baseboards, saturated carpet and mat and subfloor, etc.

Short of a total strip-down of all flooring and baseboards, shelves, mantles, etc and complete sanitizing and chlorine bleach treatment of thereby exposed surfaces followed by repainting and reflooring, you don't have a prayer of getting rid of it. If they let their cats spray and urinate in the house they probably did it all over the house, not in one area, as cats tend to want to go to the bathroom in a "clean" area, not in one fixed spot like dogs.

You are looking at probably $20,000 to get rid of the smell for sure, and even then if the house gets humid in rainy or hot sticky summer weather, the smell could come back out of subflooring, etc.

There are a lot of houses out there - I would bet you looked at this one with intent to buy because it was cheap compared to the competition - well, now you know why, and if you buy it I bet you will know why again every time you come into the house, and get run over by the same train when YOU try to sell it.

Just walk away.


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