Some of the ‘Real Life Reasons’ We Recommend the Regular Re-Application of Carpet Protectant
Pets, Guests, Kids and Spouses
Why Your Carpet Needs Carpet Protector Re-Applied
Almost all new carpet has some type of protective overspray called a”fluorochemical” applied when it is manufactured. Whether it is 3M’s ScotchgardTM, Dupont’s Teflon® or the carpet manufacturer’s own product, there is usually some type of protection applied at the mill.
You might remember when your carpet was new that any type of spill beaded up on the top of the carpet.
You might also notice now that in the traffic areas of your carpet, spills no longer bead up and they tend to just soak through.
The protectant helped keep spillage from actually getting to the acid dye blockers and resist dry soil. That protective over spray the mill applied wears off with foot traffic (just like the wax on a new car wears off). This is why most manufacturers recommend a protective overspray be applied after cleaning to replace whatever has been taken off with wear.
In addition to protective over sprays resisting spills, they also help prevent the carpet from wearing. The majority of soil found in your carpet is known as particulate soil which would have been tracked in from outside.
Making sure that you have a sufficient amount of protector on your carpet will help keep the soil from bonding to the carpet. By resisting dry soil, less soil bonds to the carpet, therefore being picked up by your vacuum or cleaning. If soil bonds to the carpet, it acts like sandpaper on your traffic area. Once the area yarns are broken down, there is no way to bring them back to their original state.
How Carpet Protectant Works to Preserve and Protect Your Carpet
New Carpet Fibers –
Here’s an illustration of what your carpet fibers look like when they’re new—all squeaky clean.
Dirty Carpet Fibers
As your carpet fiber surfaces become worn and walked upon, their surface is now porous and it attracts and traps more sand, dirt, pollen, sand-spurs, dust mites and their feces, along with everything else your family has brought home from the outside world.
Worn Carpet Fibers
Cleaning will remove the soil and reset the nap on many carpet fibers. However the scratches are still on the fiber.
When protectant is applied after a each professional cleaning, the porous openings in your carpet fibers are filled in, leaving a smooth, like-new surface. Every time you vacuum, all the sand, dirt, pollens, dust mites … and their feces, are whisked up by your vacuum instead of staying in the pores of your family’s carpet.
Protect Your Family & Your Carpet Investment
- Professional carpet cleaner should reapply
- Carpet Protector after each cleaning.
- Reapplying after every cleaning can only enhance the protective properties of the treatment.
- Regular vacuuming is essential. Carpet protector helps keep dry soil and oily residues from sticking to the carpet fibers. This makes routine vacuuming more efficient and delays the need for a general steam cleaning.