Many misjudge the importance of applying stain protection after carpet cleaning. Stain protectors play a major part in keeping a carpet spotless for a long period of time. They ease the process of stain removal with home remedies and professional means.
Essentially, stain protection products form an invisible layer over your carpet or rug. Said protection layer does not allow any liquids to absorb through it, leaving the carpet underneath unharmed. You can also encounter Stain Protection as nano protection or Scotchgard.
How does stain protection really work?
In order to prevent permanent stains from coffee, tea, red wine and more, the application of stain protection is absolutely necessary. Luckily, many of nowadays carpets and sofas come with a protective layer applied during the manufacturing process. That makes the items more resistant to future staining and wear.
Let's assume your carpet does not come with Scotchgard, but you just had it cleaned and stain protected by a professional. Firstly, you have to make sure the room is well ventilated, so the carpet and the protective layer dry out. Once fully dried, molecules in the product would have latched onto very tiny fibres and locked together forming an invisible barrier.
After that, the penetration of any liquid through the material is significantly slower. This allows you to grab a clean cloth or paper towels and quickly absorb the moisture. As a result, your carpet is left dry and stain-free. What's more, stain protection also keeps dust particles on top of your carpet, which makes hoovering them easier.
It's important to note, however, that stain protection will not be able to protect you against all stains. The product simply wears out over time and must be reapplied every few months.
How often should stain protection be reapplied?
The answer to this question depends on how often you have your carpets or upholstery deep cleaned. The suggested frequency by most cleaning associations is once or twice every 6 months. If your items have just been purchased, it's likely that they already have some sort of protection.
Even if you're well aware that your carpet is indeed protected, applying a second coating over it can be beneficial. This is especially true if the item is light-coloured. Those of you who have messy children or pets, should definitely consider doubling down on stain protection.
What are the benefits of stain protection?
- Strengthens the fibres of the item, which in turn makes the item more durable and long-lasting.
- Allows for easier stain removal with household products and remedies, and through professional cleaning services. Just make sure to react on time, as the stain factor will eventually penetrate through the protective layer.
- Prevents damage from heavy traffic areas. You may not want to have your bedrooms protected, but having your lounge and corridors shielded is vital. Your main sofa or chair at home will also benefit from being scotchgarded.
- The product keeps dirt and dust particles on top, which in turn makes their removal easier, even with a hoover. This significantly improves indoor air quality - something to keep in mind for people suffering from allergies.
- By having your items stain protected, you can easily save money. In essence, if you're able to easily maintain your carpets and upholstery, why would you need to seek the help of professionals?
- Stain protection will not make your items feel any different to the touch. Your favourite sofa and carpet will retain its softness even after being protected.
What can stain protection be applied to?
The great thing about stain protection is that it can be applied to almost any type of fabric. This includes:
If you're clumsy, have kids or pets who regularly make messes, or you simply want to feel safe, consider having it applied to all the above. After all, we never expect for an item to get stained, but when it does, you'll be happy if it's scotchgarded. And needless to say, having an item protected costs way less than getting it professionally cleaned.
How to be sure that stain protection is being applied on my carpet?
The reason why some customers may get suspicious if Stain Protection is actually being applied to their carpets is simple. The product is as clear as water and typically does not have a scent. The only way to know for certain is to perform a test. And naturally, no one would want to soil their freshly cleaned carpets.
Any professional cleaner, upon performing carpet or upholstery cleaning, will present you with their respective stain protection product. He or she will inform you of its benefits, and even perform a demonstration. The professional then informs the customer how to take advantage of that product and when it would have to be reapplied. Only in this way you can be 100% certain of the product's application.
How much does stain protection cost?
ProLux professional cleaners are equipped with two brands of stain protection - Prochem and Scotchgard. Each customer has the right to pick between either of them upon the end of their cleaning appointment. The product itself is applied by our own technician, saving you (the customer) the hassle.
You can choose to book a visit only for your items to be protected, or you can also have them cleaned (prior to the protection). We offer special prices to those willing to do both in one go. To receive your personalized free quote, feel free to get in touch with our customer service team. They'll be happy to answer any of your questions and schedule a visit at a day and time most convenient for you.
Stain protection is essential to preserve the beautiful condition of your professionally cleaned carpet or sofa. It provides an extra security layer against accidental spillages, and it prolongs the item's lifespan. By having it, you save time and money by not having to book in professionals so frequently. And most importantly, it eases the job of removing stains, even with a simple cloth.