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Does Carpet & Upholstery Protector Do What People Say It Does?
I am forever being asked… does that protector stuff work? My answer is yes. Provided you do not expect absolute miracles.
In most cases it is amazing to see a spillage just sit there on the surface, ready to be wiped away. There are others when it is not quite as effective (when someone knocks over a whole tin of wood stain onto a carpet, it can struggle!).
Types Of Carpet And Upholstery Protector available
There are two types of carpet protectors… topical (sprayed on separately) and “in-tank” stain blockers.
The first one is the “topical” spray-on sort. Many people refer to this as Scotchguard but this is just a brand name (like when people say, Biro or Hoover).
Available in spirit-based or water-based varieties, the topical protector is a soil repellent that coats the outside of the fibres.
Like A “Plastic Mac” For Fibres…
It’s a bit like putting a plastic Mac on each fibre. This is most peoples’ idea of protector because spillages “bead” and sit on the surface (like raindrops on a newly waxed car).
The other type of protector is referred to as a “stain blocker”. This works in a slightly different way.
Imagine if your carpet or upholstery fibres were put under a very powerful microscope. Most fibres would look like sponges with lots of tiny holes in them. These are called “dye sites”. This is where the dye goes when the carpet is coloured during manufacture.
The trouble is that not all of the sites are filled with dye. Many are left empty and this is where the trouble comes. They are just waiting to be filled with curry or boiling hot tea and coffee spills. Once they get lodged in its nigh on impossible to move them.