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Local Carpet Cleaners Debunk the Myth of Carpet Protectors

July 5th, 2018 | by Angelo |    0   

Anyone who has ever had their rugs professionally cleaned has probably been offered the optional extra of “carpet protector.” Brands like Scotchguard have made a name claiming their products repel what people want to keep out—spills, stains, and liquids—and is truly necessary for carpets.

First, let’s look at how carpet protectors actually work. When you spill something, the fibres absorb the mess, creating stains (and odours). Carpet protectors work by repelling dirt from the fibres and preventing them from being absorbed. They can even help prevent UV damage as well.

But whether or not you actually need one depends on the situation. For example, adding a water-based protector to polyester, a plastic-based fibre, will do absolutely nothing. While there are a few solvent-based protectors out there, most—including Scotchguard—are water-based.

But for other fibres, such as wool, a carpet protector like Teflon Advanced Carpet Protector can help keep a carpet looking fresher for longer. This is typically sprayed on by a professional after a thorough cleaning, is non-toxic and safe to use around family and pets.

Knowing the right kind of carpet to protect is important for another reason: using the wrong kind might void the carpet’s warranty. Some carpet warranties have specific instructions as to whether a carpet protector should be added at all.

Regardless of the circumstances, a carpet protector shouldn’t be required until the carpet is around four years old. Most new carpets come with a protector already infused into the fibres, so protection won’t need to be added until that has worn off. After that, it’s a good idea to add protection every one or two years.

Angelo's Carpet Cleaning has been operating in the Lower Mainland for over 25 years, and have the tools and training to protect any carpet right. If you would like a quote or need to book an appointment, visit

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