DIY Fabric Protection

Household fabric purchases such as furniture, carpet and curtains can represent a costly investment. You want to make sure that you take steps to protect as well as maintain your investment. Giving your items a Scotchgard treatment can help protect them from stains. Scotchgard is a product that you may spray on fabric items to help them repel stains. This can extend the life of your fabric items.

Fabric protection
  1. Make sure your item is clean and free of dust. Some new furniture is sold with a fabric protector already applied. If this is the case, you may just need to reapply after one year.
  2. Perform a color-safe test by spraying a hidden area with Scotchgard and wiping the area with a cloth. If the cloth remains clean, your item is color-safe and you can proceed. If you see color on the cloth, you should not use this product on your item.
  3. Shake the Scotchgard can well.
  4. Hold the can 6” from item and spray evenly until wet. This may leave foam that will eventually disappear.
  5. Let the item dry for about 8 hours.

Things You Will Need

  • Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector


  • Use with good ventilation.

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