Pro's Choice ARA Anti-Resoiling Anti-Wicking Agent for Carpet

ARA keeps spots and stains from coming back after cleaning and eliminates resoiling

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  • ARA is designed to prevent rapid resoiling of fibers by drying sticky residues into a fine non-sticky powder that vacuums easily.
  • Acts as a drying agent that changes these sticky substances to dust that will not attract dirt and can be vacuumed away.
  • ARA is the first product to address the rapid resoiling problems often associated with commercial, glue down, level loop carpets.
  • ARA helps keep up the appearance of carpet in extreme traffic areas such as Bank Teller Lines, Airport Ticket Counters and Medical Reception Desks.
  • ARA is the original corrective post-cleaning treatment that solves rapid re-soiling.
  • Simply spray ARA on the carpet following your cleaning procedure to eliminate sticky residue.
  • ARA absorbs the residue and becomes a dry brittle crystal.
  • When vacuumed it fractures away leaving a clean non-sticky fiber.
  • ARA uses Pro’s Choice soil crystallization technology.


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  • ARA Anti-Resoiling Anti-Wicking Carpet Cleaning Agent

    from Bane-Clene® Corp.

    ARA residue sample

    Stop wicking problems! Reduce resoiling. Keep spots from coming back after carpet and rug cleaning. Now, with ARA Anti Re-Soiling Agent, call backs can be a thing of the past!

    ARA is designed to prevent rapid resoiling of fibers by drying sticky residues into a fine non-sticky powder that vacuums easily. Rapid re-soiling is usually caused by a sticky substance or dirt that wicks up after a carpet has been cleaned. ARA acts as a drying agent that changes these sticky substances to dust that will not attract dirt and can be vacuumed away.

    Features and Benefits:

    • ARA is designed to prevent rapid resoiling of fibers by drying sticky residues into a fine non-sticky powder that vacuums easily.
    • Acts as a drying agent that changes these sticky substances to dust that will not attract dirt and can be vacuumed away.
    • ARA is the first product to address the rapid resoiling problems often associated with commercial, glue down, level loop carpets.
    • ARA helps keep up the appearance of carpet in extreme traffic areas such as Bank Teller Lines, Airport Ticket Counters and Medical Reception Desks.
    • ARA is the original corrective post-cleaning treatment that solves rapid re-soiling.
    • Simply spray ARA on the carpet following your cleaning procedure to eliminate sticky residue.
    • ARA absorbs the residue and becomes a dry brittle crystal.
    • When vacuumed it fractures away leaving a clean non-sticky fiber.
    • ARA uses Pro’s Choice soil crystallization technology.

    Properties & Specifications:

    • Form: Clear, thin liquid in gallons.
    • Odor: Light Mint Odor.
    • Use pH: 8.
    • Use Concentration: Undiluted.
    • Approved Use: Safe for stain-resistant nylon carpet.
    • Storage: Protect product from freezing. Keep container closed when not in use.
    • Coverage: 1 ounce ARA Anti-Resoiling Anti-Wicking Carpet Cleaning Agent per 3 square feet.
    • Manufacturer: Pro’s Choice (CTI - Chemical Technologies, Inc).
    • Country of Manufacture: United States of America.
    • Flammability: Non-flammable.

    How to Reduce or Eliminate Resoiling of Carpet After Cleaning:

    • What most people mean by “resoiling” is that the carpet became visibly dirty more quickly than it should have after it was cleaned.
    • There are many potential causes of resoiling:
      • Track-in of ice melt, especially calcium chloride, will hasten soiling.
      • A moisture condition from malfunctioning air conditioning or water leaks leads to moist carpet, which will make the carpet a great cloth to clean off the bottoms of shoes!
      • Has the customer recently spilled something on the carpet and tried to get it up - with a sticky spotter or dishwash?
      • Sticky residues from soft drink spills will also rapidly cause resoiling.
      • Perhaps, the traffic pattern has changed resulting in more soil being tracked in, or the parking lot was recently repaved or there is construction.
      • If the carpet was cleaned with a shampooer or a consumer extractor, there may be a great deal of soil attracting residue in the carpet. Bonnet cleaning and the shampoo methods are infamous for this problem.
    • How to Prevent Resoiling of Carpet after Cleaning:
      • Use SCR Soil Crystallization Rinse for extraction cleaning in extreme cases.
      • In areas where there is a large number of spills on a level loop carpet only, such as in a kitchen, follow extraction cleaning with bonnet cleaning using dry bonnets with Pro’s Choice Brush & Bonnet. This speeds up drying and absorbs much of the material wicking to the surface.
      • For individual heavy spills of sticky materials, you can use the Water Claw® Sub-Surface Spot Lifter to flush out the contaminants.
      • Immediately following cleaning, spray an even coat of Pro’s Choice ARA Anti-Resoiling Agent onto the carpet in areas where rapid re-soiling is a problem.

    Reappearing Spots and Stains After Cleaning:

    • Why Do Spots Come Back After Cleaning Carpet?
      • Spots return after cleaning carpet because of “wicking”.
      • Because most of a spill is not on the fibers, but is instead in the backing and even the pad, sometimes not all of the sticky contamination is removed in cleaning.
      • Sometimes your customer used a spotter or laundry detergent and removed the spot from the surface, but the spill is still in the backing and the pad.
      • Your cleaning reactivated the spot and wicked back up to the surface.
    • How Can I Keep Spots from Coming Back?
      • Drying time is critical to reduce this problem, use plenty of dry strokes and air movers, especially when working with heavily soiled carpet or berber.
      • For individual heavy spills where the contamination is in the backing and pad, you can use the Water Claw Sub-Surface Spot Lifter to flush out the contaminants and apply ARA or Stain Blotter.
      • If you suspect a spot may reappear after cleaning, the last step after spot removal should be to leave a weighted dry towel or use Stain Blotter. For large areas of spills, apply ARA.
      • For extreme problems from spills, such as in a cafeteria or lunchroom, on level loop carpet, dry bonnet the area with Brush & Bonnet after cleaning, do a Brown Out® rinse and apply ARA.

    General Directions for Applying ARA to Carpet:

    1. Keep out of reach of children.
    2. Read label directions and cautions before using.
    3. Warm water extract the carpet and get the carpet as dry as possible.
    4. Spray an even coat of ARA onto the carpet in areas where rapid resoiling is likely to occur or has occurred in the past. Apply at the rate of 3 ounces ARA per square yard.
    5. After the carpet is completely dry, vacuum the treated areas very thoroughly with an upright vacuum cleaner equipped with a brush.

    The pictures below from Pro’s Choice illustrate the effectiveness of ARA preventing reappearing spots, in this case reappearing coffee spill:

    Reappearing Soil, 1 week after cleaning. Carpet following cleaning of area. ARA Anti-Resoiling Agent Applied to 1/2 of the Problem Area. Reappearance of soil within 2 weeks. Before and after treatment  with ARA.

    Related Wicking, Resoiling Articles:


    Click the “Usage & Tips” tab above for Article titled “Why did the spots and stains you removed in cleaning are back and they’re even bigger?”.


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    Why did the spots and stains you removed in cleaning are back and they’re even bigger?

    Reappearing Blood Spot

    The dreaded call from your customer - the spots came back! There are two reasons spots return after cleaning carpet: “Re-soiling” from residue and “soil wicking”.

    1. Re-soiling:
      • Re-soiling is caused by a sticky residue that was not completely removed by cleaning. This residue could be from the homeowner’s attempts at removing the spot.
      • Some common residue causes are over-the-counter carpet cleaners and using dishwash and laundry detergents to remove spots and stains.
      • Oily, greasy spots can also be a problem - body oil, makeup, hair spray, lotions, suntan oil, medicine, greasy food, etc. If all the oily residue is not removed, it will attract soil as the carpet is walked on.
    2. Wicking:
      • Wicking” is another cause of reappearing spots and stains. Most of a spill is not on the fibers, but is instead in the backing and even the pad.
      • Sometimes your customer used a spotter or laundry detergent or hand cleaner or who knows what else he or she found in the laundry room and removed the spot from the surface, but the spill is still in the backing and the pad. Your cleaning reactivated the spot and wicked back up to the surface. Pay close attention when you’re cleaning for a sudden change in sound due to foam being sucked up.

    Below is an image showing a stain on carpet backing. When the carpet is cleaned, there’s a great chance the material in the backing will “wick” back up and cause the stain to reappear.

    Wicking caused be spill in the backing.

    How Can I Keep Spots from Coming Back After I Cleaned the Carpet or Rug?

    • Drying time is critical to reduce this problem, use plenty of dry strokes and air movers, especially when working with heavily soiled carpet or berber.
    • If you suspect a spot may reappear after cleaning, the last step after spot removal should be to leave a weighted dry towel or use Stain Blotter.
    • For large areas of spills, apply ARA Anti-Wicking Agent.
    • Application of carpet protector, such as Bane-Guard™ or Teflon®, can also reduce the tendency for spots coming back.
    • On commercial loop pile carpet, this problem can be greatly reduced by following hot water extraction with dry bonnet cleaning, especially on commercial olefin loop carpet with a large number of spills.

    How Can I Remove Carpet Spots That Keep Coming Back?

    • For individual heavy spills of sticky materials, you can use the Water Claw® Sub-Surface Spot Lifter to flush out the contaminants and apply ARA Anti Resoiling / Anti Wicking Agent or Stain Blotter to prevent wicking and subsequent resoiling and reappearance of spots and stains.

    Additional Information on Preventing Keeping Spots From Coming Back After Carpet Cleaning:


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    Date Modified: December 21, 2018

    Date Originally Published: June 24, 2017

    Use Concentration:Undiluted
    Coverage:1 ounce ARA Anti-Resoiling Anti-Wicking Carpet Cleaning Agent per 3 square feet.
    Use pH:9