|12 November 2014|
All You Need To Know About Anti-Stain Protectors
Whether you are in the cleaning business or simply like to be up to date with the latest cleaning techniques, you must have surely heard of anti-stain protectors. These products come highly recommended by most house cleaning contractors, especially carpet cleaners. They will usually go under the brand names of Scotchguard, Stainguard, Teflon and Guardsman and are designed to adhere to the fibres of your upholstery. A good quality stain protector will not alter the texture of the upholstery but forms a soft coating. But this also means that it wears away over time and loses its effectiveness.How does it work?The main way these products work is that they bind to the fibres and prevent the carpet from easily soaking up a lot of different kinds of fluids. This means that you will have enough time to blot it up before the stain sets in. However you must remember that there is only so much that a soft coating can do. So regardless of whether the product is good or how the cleaning service has applied it, it will not stop all kinds of liquids. This is why you need to take other measures of protecting the carpet against stains. Does it work for all liquids?How the liquid settles on the carpet in presence of the protector will depend on the properties of the liquid and other factors such as temperature, manufacturing material of the carpet etc. For example, a synthetic yarn in a woven construction is mostly to not cause beading of liquids spilled on it, even if the protector is applied correctly. You must also remember that it does not work on previously stained carpets. It is a stain-protector, not a stain- remover. So if you have spilled something on your previously unprotected carpet, make sure you call in a carpet cleaning service to remove or lighten the stain before you apply a protector on it. Then why should I use an anti-stain protector?In spite of its ambiguous anti-stain property, it does provide some amount of protection to the fabric of your carpet. Professional cleaners will always suggest using stain guards on your carpets unless you have a particularly porous variety of fibre. Even then, the coating of the protectors that lie over the fibres protects the actual carpet fibres themselves from wear. This means that your carpet is likely to last longer that it normally would have. Are stain protectors expensive?Like all good things in life, especially when it comes to protection, these products cost a lot. But in the end, you are probably getting your money’s worth. Although, when hiring cleaning agencies you must beware of cheap quotes that offer application of protector for very low prices. Unless it is a promotional cause, chances are that they are using spurious products. It is easy to scam unknowing customers that way as you can barely tell the difference between water and protector fluid. Also, when hiring a cleaning service, make sure that they have staff members who have been trained in the technique of applying it. Make sure that you give the coating enough time to dry and cure before you and your family begin tramping over it.
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