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Facts & Myths of Fabric Protection

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Aug 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Just like Kim Kardashian, there are a lot of rumors about fabric protection that circulate amongst homeowners.

Like this one: Will my carpet fade if I have fabric protection added to my carpet after cleaning?

Or: Will protecting my fabric make my furniture get dirty faster?

If you have concerns about fabric protection, you’re probably the type of person that has spent a lot of resources furnishing your home with just the right carpets, rugs and upholstery that all compliment each other beautifully, and you’re darn proud of it.


So it’s natural to worry about fabric protection. 

It’s time to investigate the facts about protection your fabrics and upholstery before making the final decision about having something applied that could damage your lovely rugs and furniture.

Let’s dive into busting myths and exposing the truth, and we promise to be as transparent as possible.

Let’s start with fabric protection myths.

Busting fabric protection myths

Here are some common questions we get about fabric protection.

Will it alter the appearance of my fiber or fabric? 

Not at all. Fabric protection will not alter the appearance nor will it make it dull or shiny. It magically disappears as soon as it’s applied.

Will my rugs get dirty faster? 

Another falsehood; however, there is a BUT (we will get to that part in a second). Fabric protection actually does the opposite of attracting soil. It deflects dirt by providing a protective shield around the fibers of the carpet, allowing your vacuum to remove the dirt out of the fibers easily. Now, here’s the BUT part. If TOO much fabric protection is applied to the fiber or an incorrect type of protector is applied that is not correct for the fiber type, it can make the fabric sticky, which will collect soiling like a magnet.

Is it safe for my kids and pets? 

It’s applied by spray and dries quickly, leaving behind no residue. Fabric protection such as Teflon and Scotchgard contain no CFC or solvents, which makes it safe for you and your family.

Will my carpet fade after applying fabric protection?  

The answer here is false. Fabric protection will not fade carpet, upholstery or rugs. In fact, it does the reverse: It actually adds a layer of protection (sort of like sunscreen) and protects the fibers from sun-fade.  

Does fabric protection leave behind an odor?  

Great news: Fabric protection is odorless when applied and leaves no odor behind.

If a wet stain (let’s say coffee) does not bead up, does that mean the protection is gone?  

When you first wax your car the water beads up and runs off the hood easily, but it only stays that way for a short period of time. Does that mean that the car paint is no longer getting the benefit of the wax? No! The wax wears off over a long period of time. And that’s the same process that happens with fabric protection. Just because it does not bead up on the fiber, does not mean that its not protected.

Should I have all the carpet in my home protected?

There is no reason to have all the areas of your home protected, especially when it comes to carpet and rugs. Let’s take a guest room for example. Those areas aren’t necessary to protect (unless your guests are messy). Family rooms, dining rooms, kids bedrooms are prime for fabric protection – these are the rooms where we see the most common spots, stains and spills, so they’re important to protect.

Perks of fabric protection

So now that we have debunked the myths, let’s chat about the benefits of fabric protection.

Fabric protection benefits include the following: 

  • It allows you time to clean up spills, as the protectant leaves a shield over fabric and fibers that does not allow spills to absorb into the material as quickly. So you have time to run and grab that towel before blotting up the stain.
  • Fabric protection makes the cleanability of the carpet much easier for yourself and your favorite carpet cleaning company. Well-used areas of the home, such as family rooms, dining rooms and halls, clean up much better – compared to if they did not have a prior fabric protection.
  • It helps to prevent sun-fade on upholstery, rugs and carpet. Remember the protective layer? It also helps to block out the light and sun.
  • Fabric protection resists soiling, helping your vacuum cleaner to “suck-up” more dirt, dust, pollen and allergens in the carpet.
  • It helps your furnishings and carpeting last longer, saving you from having to replace your furnishings sooner – rather than later.

Here’s a guide to use to know how frequently to apply fabric protection:

  • Carpet. No need to have it protected when newly installed. Most carpet manufacturers apply a fabric protection when the fiber is made.
  • Rugs. Wool has a natural soil repellent. Fabric protection is not necessary with a new rug, unless you want extra protection (if your rugh is white, for example). A protectant should be applied after each professional cleaning for areas where there may be spots, spills and heavy use.
  • Upholstery. Unless the fabric has been pre-treated, we highly recommend having a professional apply fabric protection to furniture. It will help protect it from daily use, and those occasions when an “oops” happens, like spilling wine or coffee.

Final thoughts

Fabric protection – when done professionally and correctly – is a fraction of the cost of the cleaning, and will easily pay for itself by extending the life of your carpet, rugs and upholstery. It will save you from costly replacement, and the best part, leaves you with a sparkly, shiny, clean and healthy home.

Did we miss anything, have another question?  We would love to hear from you.

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