Scotchgard, is it worth it?
Scotchgard has often been sold misleadingly as “bulletproof”. Scotchgard works as a soil retardant and will prolong the life of your carpets and upholstery. All we can say is that manufacturers recommend it and our previous customers are happy with the results.
Does Scotchgard leave a strong odour?
No. The product we use is water based, and has little to no odour. To achieve the best results, we apply it directly to carpets after steam cleaning.
How does it work exactly?
Scotchgard is a fluoro resin, akin to Teflon, developed as part of the space program. It coats the surface of the fibre, making it more resistant to soils.
What does Scotchgard protect against?
Scotchgard protects against coffee, soft drink and food spills, as well as the wear and tear of daily life. Despite this, it should be noted that Scotchgard does not protect against pet urine, curry, and highly coloured drinks such as ‘IrnBru’ and ‘Lucozade’. Having said this, Scotchgard does increase the likelihood of the stain being less noticeable.
How long does it take for Scotchgard to become active?
Scotchgard becomes active almost immediately. If applied immediately following steam cleaning, by the time the carpet dries the Scotchgard will be active. It is important to note that Scotchgard is a surface treatment, not an impregnating treatment. Some carpet manufacturers will dip carpet fibres, so they are immersed in a soil retardant. Scotchgard sits on top of the fibres, so it does have to be re-applied periodically, usually once every three years.