Category Archives: upholstery cleaning
Scotchgarding is a process that is used on fabric, carpets, and upholstered furniture to protect it from staining. It also helps keep grime and dirt from attaching to the fibers by acting like a protective seal, and is often used after furniture or carpet cleaning to prolong the benefits of these services. Fabric has tiny “dye sites” that hold the coloring of the fabric, and the Scotchgard or Teflon protectant fill those open dye sites and put a small microscopic protective seal on the top of fabric.
Scotchgarding is very beneficial for several reasons:
- It protects the carpet and furniture.
- It protects the life of your carpet and furniture.
- It saves you money (you need to have the fabric cleaned less frequency as compared to fabric that is not protected).
- It makes your job easier when you are spot cleaning the fabric.
- It prolongs the “freshly cleaned” look after carpet and upholstery cleaning.
Scotchgard was discovered by accident by a lab technician who was working on a project and spilled a drop of Scotchgard on her tennis sneakers. After some time she noticed a clean spot on her now dirty shoes, thus the invention of Scotchgard.
Although most companies don’t use actual Scotchgard and Teflon protectants, they are considered generic terms like “Kleenex” or “Coke”. Many protectants are safer and greener than the original kind developed in the 1950’s. There are solvent based and water based protectants. The solvent based ones are a type of “fluorochemical polymers” and the water based ones are just water based protectants. There are benefits and drawbacks to both kinds.
Come back next week to read our blog about the History of Scotchgard.
- Fabric Testing
Your fabric should be tested for dye stability (colorfastness) and for fiber type.
- Area prep
The upholstery to be cleaned should be prepared to protect the surrounding areas.
Dry soil should be removed before cleaning.
Depending upon the type of fabric, a pretreatment should be applied to suspend bonded and hard to remove soil.
Some potentially difficult spots may be pre-treated with special solutions to increase the chance of removal.
The fabric should be gently groomed by hand to loosen soil.
- Soil Extraction
The soil should be gently extracted with a quality organic cleaning solution and a pH conditioner to ensure pH balance, resulting in a soft fresh feel.
Any remaining spots should be treated with a special stain removal process.
The area should be cleaned up and left like it was before cleaning.
- Post Cleaning Inspection
The cleaning results should be inspected to ensure that your expectations have been met or exceeded.
As you can see, upholstery cleaning is a long, detailed process. If the carpet and upholstery cleaning company you hire skips any of these steps, then you’re not getting your money’s worth, the job was not completely finished, and you may not be happy with the work.