Benefits of Fabric and Carpet Protection/Scotchgard:
Regular vacuuming and regular carpet cleaning will help to keep the appearance of your carpets and furniture but applying fabric protection is another way to prolong the beauty of your furnishings.
Scotchgard technology was designed to protect your furnishings from stains, dirt and grime. Scotchgard surrounds each fiber, providing an invisible shield against dirt and soil. As a result, dirt does not adhere as easily and vacuums up easier. Plus fibre wear from soil abrasion is reduced.
An example of how carpet or furniture protection products can help is when you have a spill. If you spill red wine and the carpet does not have scotchgard protection you watch the liquid absorb into the fibres of the carpet and in some cases leave a permanent stain. If you spill on the carpet that has been scotchgarded you watch the liquid bead on the surface and not absorb into the fabric. This gives you the necessary time to clean up the spill without leaving a permanent stain. A carpet and furniture protection product on your furnishings does not mean that you can ignore the spills until your next cleaning.
Frequently sitting in the same spot on your furniture or walking in the same pathways of your carpeting will form wear patterns. Another benefit that you gain from using scotch guard is that it provides an extra layer of protection and in many cases will prolong the forming of wear patterns. Even with Scotch guard it is still important to rearrange your furniture to prevent wear and to use throw rugs in high traffic areas of your carpet.
In homes that have pets you will find that scotchgard can be a great benefit in providing protection for your carpets and furniture. It protects furnishings from pet stains and repels liquids. It is quite common in a home with pets to have stains like urine, vomit and scotch guard will provide added repellence to the fabrics. This type of strong protection will prevent permanent staining and in many cases the stains will release with a gentle washing or steam cleaning. The nice thing about this type of protection is that it won't change the look, feel or breath ability of your furnishings.
In many cases the benefits of Scotchgard are exaggerated and people don't provide the proper care and maintenance for their furnishings. By understanding that Scotchgard does have some limitations you have the knowledge to provide proper care and as a result will enjoy the benefits for many years.