Whether you have bought new carpet before or had your carpet professionally cleaned, odds are you have been offered carpet protector, Scotchgard or stain defender from the salesman or technician.
In some instances, carpet protectors and stain treatments are applied in the factory during production, however, it’s important to note that protectants do dissolve over time.
What is carpet protector and what does it do?
There are many brands and many names, but essentially, they’re all the same concept. Carpet protectors are a liquid-based solution sprayed onto carpet to produce a soft coating above the fibers that should repel most liquids from staining the carpet.
The protector molecules bond to the carpet, but do not create hard coating or alter the texture of the fibers.
So, should you buy carpet protector for your carpet? The short answer: Yes! But “Why?” you ask. Let us explain the benefits of carpet protectors:
The basic, and perhaps most obvious, benefit of having a carpet protector applied to your carpet is that it will temporarily defend against staining if the spill is treated quickly.
The carpet protector creates a soft coating over the carpet fibers and repels the liquids once they contact the surface of the carpet.
Due to the coating, most liquids will bead up and allow you to blot them away before they seep into the carpet and potentially create a damaging, permanent stain, making carpet protector a good choice for homes with pets and children.
However, the protectant isn’t a 100% guarantee that the liquid won’t stain depending on the contents of the liquid or its temperature. But, for liquids like coffee or juice, the carpet protector is pretty reliable.
Remember to that the carpet protector does not prevent stains, but rather defends against them in order to allow time for you to clean the stain before damage does occur.
The less obvious benefit, but perhaps most important, is that carpet protector will reduce the wear on carpet fibers.
Essentially, instead of damaging the carpet and wearing down its quality via basic traffic and everyday use, you will instead be wearing down the protectant.
As mentioned above, no carpet protector application is permanent, but if applied regularly during professional carpet cleaning, you should help extend the lifetime of your carpet and prevent major damage via stains or long-term traffic.
Carpet protector is often an additional cost to a carpet cleaning service, but considering the potential for the treatment to prevent stains, maintain your carpet’s beauty and extend its lifetime to prevent the need to constantly purchase new, expensive carpet, it can be a very smart investment.
Most professional carpet cleaners in Waukesha offer carpet protector. Nature’s Way Chem-Dry offers all of their customers their Chem-Dry Protectant Package during their service as well as their Healthy Home Package that includes sanitizer to help prevent allergens and remove odors from pets and other sources in your home.