What is the sticky residue that accumulates on the wire shelving after
a few years? ClosetMaid acknowledges it's existance but won't provide
info as to cause or a cure. It makes the closet shelves unusable.
I cleaned a house for a friend, prior to her moving in. The home was
cleaner than average, but the wire shelving was really gunky. It
cleaned up nicely, and the sticky stuff gone...because of that, I have
to think that the plastic coating attracts cooking oils from the air
over time. If it was from deterioration, it seems the plastic would
remain sticky. Don't know the brand, nice home.
I have seen the tackiness you described on plastic coated Closet Maid
wire shelving in several installations. One explanation for it, is
that it is caused by long term exposure to high humidity. I suspect
the manufacturer would disagree with that. I have tried to remove it
without success in the past, but If you decide to replace the shelving
get the painted variety.
IIRC the shelving was originally used in Florida where summer humidity
was causing mildew on the stored items. The shelving was usually
installed with a louvered closet door to encourage air circulation. In
many closets being built today there is an A/C vent to keep the
humidity under control.
The sticky stuff is the plasticizer that is used to make the PVC
resin, normally hard (think PVC pipe) into the soft type known as a
plastisol. Poor formulating allows the plasticizer to migrate to the
surface. More expensive plasticizers don't do that, otherwise your
Channelocks would be sticky.
On Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 2:49:37 PM UTC-4, Howard Evans wrote:
I live in Florida and the ClosetMaid shelving has become sticky in every cl
oset (7). I want my husband to rip it all out. Have cleaned it several time
s over the years, even with commercial products not available in retail mar
kets. The product is clean, but remains sticky. Would rather have any type
of metal or even wood!
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