Stain Protection - Carpets & Upholstery by Prolux Cleaning

Stain Protection - Carpets & Upholstery by Prolux Cleaning

Many people underestimate the importance of applying carpet protectors after carpet cleaning. Carpet protectors play a major role in keeping the carpet spotless for a long period of time and removing stains and dirt from its surface easily.

However, there’s no way to see the benefits of applying scotchgard, because they are invisible to the naked eye. Usually scotchgard protection is sold to you by the professional carpet cleaner who is taking care for your carpeted flooring. The scotchgard represents a clear liquid, virtually looking like water. If you are not a specialist cleaner, there is no way to understand that scotchgard is being applied to your carpet.

How to be sure that Scotchgard is being applied on my carpet?

Well, you need to trust the company whose carpet cleaning services you are using. You, as a client and a carpet owner, won’t know if the liquid applied will do its job of repelling soil and giving you a longer lasting results.

In fact, you really won’t know what is being applied on your flooring. For that reason, it is significant to work with well-established highly trusted carpet cleaning company, not just with a company, trying to steal your money.

How does Scotchgard really work?

Carpets are incredible products – they are prone to great wear and pollution and for that reason that need special care. Why do you think carpets withstand years of foot traffic, food stains and drink spills? The only reasonable explanation is that carpet protector is being applied to carpet’s fibers in the manufacturing process.

Do you know that almost all carpets and area rugs that are produced nowadays have carpet protector applied to make them more durable and stain resistant?

The most popular carpet protector is Scotchgard and it is fluorochemical based. There are many alternatives of this product on the market, like Teflon, GreenGuard, etc. Some are designed to protect the carpet from water-based stains while others protect the carpet from oily stains. All in all, every carpet protector provides protection from soiling and staining substances.

Protection of carpets is carried out with the help of tools that are applied to carpet fibers to protect them from stains and dirt. Depending on their protective properties, these substances are of two types:

       retardants (Soil Retardants - literally: "dirt repellents")

       repellents (Stain Repellents - "stain repellents").

On the exact purpose of these substances, there are a large number of misconceptions both among inadequately qualified specialists and among buyers.

Retardants

Retardants serve to protect fibers or carpets from dry contaminants. They should not be confused with a second type of protective substances, so-called repellents, which serve to protect against liquid contaminants.

Retardants include, for example, colloidal quartz. The effect of this retardant can be described figuratively as "pure pollution". The substance is applied to a clean dry carpet, while the particles of the substance fill the smallest irregularities, cracks, hollows of fibers, which otherwise would be filled with ordinary dirt. Thus, fine quartz particles cause the dirt to slide freely from the treated fibers.

Repellents

Repellents are used to protect fibers or carpet from liquid contaminants. However, silicone has a number of drawbacks: it can not provide protection against oil and dry contaminants. In addition, repellents based on silicone should contain a solvent in the composition and they can not be diluted.

Acrylic copolymers protect against stains on the basis of water and exhibit weak properties of retardants. Fluorochemicals are fluorine-containing protective agents, which have proved to be the longest and most reliable protection against dry and liquid contaminants (both on water and on oil basis). In addition, they exhibit the properties of antistatic agents.

Fluorinated chemicals perfectly withstand detergents and are even able to withstand several purges by extraction using vapor. Today, there are fluorochemicals, both water-based and solvent-based, and are used for fibers exposed to dry or wet cleaning.

Virtually all carpet manufacturers supply their products with protection based on these substances, and this speaks volumes. The protective agents based on fluorochemicals are characterized by long-term preservation of protective properties and efficiency in fighting water, oil and dry contaminants.

Most of the impurities on carpets and upholstery are of a protein nature, such as edible oils and bottled beverages. They are usually difficult to remove, as they are resistant to the action of conventional detergents. Regardless of which enzyme agent is used, the enzymes break down the molecular bonds in the pollutant and allow the cleaner to act more efficiently. 

A neatly colored carpet is a fairly common problem. But even here the carpet cleaning company can come to the rescue: the spoiled coating can be simply painted, thus returning the former color and brightness of the paints. Dry dirt and static electricity, accumulating in the pile of the carpet, can be removed, oddly enough, with an anti-static spray.

Each of the existing methods of cleaning carpets has its advantages and disadvantages.

All modern cleaning systems have been developed to solve specific problems, and the specialist should understand their positive and negative sides when choosing the approach to solving the problems that he faces in his professional activities.  It should also be understood that no method cleans by itself - an operator is necessary, and the level of its professionalism is of the same importance as the method chosen by it.

Scotchgard protection is essential to preserve the beautiful condition of your professionally cleaned carpet. It is proved that Scotchgard prolongs the life of the carpet. It adds a layer of protection against dirt, water damage, mold, bacteria, and oil and water-based stains. 

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