Do you know that Scotchgard (or whatever brand you like) is not only some stuff which the technician of your carpet cleaning company spays on your capret just to make you spend some more money. Read this article to understand the benefits of Scotchgard as well as a simple way to ensure that you what you are paying for is worthy.
Scotchgard is a fluorochemical that protects your carpet and upholstery from both spills and dirt. It provides a protective coating on your carpets and upholstery like an invisible shield. Most people on realize the benefits of carpet protector in the case of spills. We have all seen the commercials of the man driving while drinking coffee. He accidentally spills some coffee on his pants only for the spill to almost magically bead off to the side, not penetrating the fabric. The same is of course true with protector for your carpets. If you spill coffee, juice, soda, wine, etc. on your carpets the spill will bead up on the surface and not soak itself into your carpets. Simple take a paper towel and soak up the spill.
The more important and often less advertised benefit of carpet protector is in the protection from dirt. Dirt is an abrasive. If you look at your carpet fibers under a microscope you will notice that any dirt lodged into the fibers is not very smooth and round. You will notice that dirt looks like tiny razorblades that tear into your carpet. Ever step that you take digs the dirt deeper into the carpet, further damaging the look and quality.
Although carpet protector does need to be reapplied every eighteen months, you can be rest assured that carpet protector plus a thorough, consistent vacuuming regimen will add years to the life and beauty of your carpets. This can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a carpet.
Be sure when hiring your next carpet cleaning company to ask if the technician applying the protector is a certified Scotchgard applicator. Also ask to see the actual chemical. Although it is diluted 1:4 with water, the undiluted chemical should look a little like milk. If it looks like water, that is probably what you are getting; so buyer beware.