What Is ScotchGard And Why Should I Have It Applied To My Freshly Cleaned Carpet, Upholstery And Area Rugs?

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What Is ScotchGard And Why Should I Have It Applied To My Freshly Cleaned Carpet, Upholstery And Area Rugs?

Why apply ScotchGard?

As you all understand ScotchGard was formulated to provide a protective stain repellent barrier on freshly cleaned porous materials.  When ScotchGard is applied correctly organic and synthetic dyes are not able to penetrate the acid dye sites which make us the carpet fiber, upholstery fiber and area rug fiber.  Applying ScotchGard makes clean up rather easily as long as the material has been protected properly. Correctly applied ScotchGard keeps your carpet, upholstery and non natural fiber area rugs looking like new as ScotchGard is able to significantly extend the life of these products by not allowing the fiber to break down as quickly which in turn saves you money.

Here are some FAQ’s directly from the 3M ScotchGard site that will hopefully answer any and all answers that you may have left.

 Q: On what items can I use this product?

A: You can use it on rugs, residential or commercial carpet, and automobile carpet and matting. Always check for colorfastness first by testing in an inconspicuous area.

Q: How often should I reapply?

A: With wear from dirt and traffic, the carpet’s protection wears away with time. The more traffic and/or dirt, the faster it wears. In addition, each time your carpet is PROFESSIONALLY cleaned by a hot water, truck mounted PROFESSIONAL carpet cleaning company that utilizes a rotary machine, the protection is diminished considerably. We recommend periodic cleaning at least once a year with PROFESSIONAL truck mounted hot water (steam) carpet cleaning company such as LOUIE’S CLEANING and DISASTER RESTORATION OF VERMILLION AND YANKTON that utilizes a deep rotary extraction cleaning machine and then reapplying Scotchgard™ Brand Protector after each instance.

Q: If my carpet already has a mill-applied protection, do I ever need to apply Scotchgard™ Carpet & Rug Protector?

A: Yes, the product should be applied after each cleaning of your carpet. Also, in high traffic areas, or where spills are most likely to occur, applying this product boosts the protection of the mill treatment.

Q: How long does it take to dry?

A: Under average room temperature conditions (70°F, 50% Humidity), most objects should dry overnight. Always be sure to check before resuming normal traffic in the treated areas. Longer dry times could occur under the following conditions: colder temperatures, more humid conditions, or heavy applications. Providing for proper ventilation for the product will also provide a quicker dry time in most conditions.

Q: Is this product safe to use on wool rugs?

A: This product is not recommended for white wool rugs, oriental rugs, non-colorfast rugs, upholstery and dry clean only items. This product is safe for use on non-white wool rugs that can be cleaned with water (some rugs may have a “cleanability code” – where “W” or “WS” would indicate it is safe to be cleaned with water). Always check for colorfastness first by testing in an inconspicuous area.

Q: Will my carpet stiffen from using Scotchgard™ Carpet & Rug Protector?

A: No. Using Scotchgard™ Carpet & Rug Protector does not change the look or feel of carpet. Occasionally, slight over-application of product or accelerated drying (with fans or heat) may cause treated articles to stiffen. Simply, vacuum the affected areas and the carpet will feel normal again.

Q: Can I use this product for oriental rugs?

A: We do not recommend this product for use on oriental rugs. We have found the variability between manufacturers and the occasional use of food dyes can produce unusual and unpredictable results.

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