By : XO2 Pty Ltd, David Blamire July 18th, 2018

How to do fabric protection

If you’ve replaced or cleaned the carpet or upholstery in your home, office, or venue, or even if you just want to keep it looking great, properly protecting the fabric from further damage can go a long way towards protecting your investment.

Fortunately, we have experienced our fair share of successes and challenges when it comes to fabric protection and we're here to share our top techniques that have proven to be the most effective and profitable over time.

Materials

To maintain and extend the life of your carpet, rugs and upholstery, we highly recommend our Fibre Guard concentrate. A safe, water-based formula designed for long-lasting protection, Fibre Guard is easy to use, wool-friendly and features high beading water repellency, red dye blockers, and water and oil based stain prevention.

We also recommend buying the appropriate gloves and shoe covers, as well as a spray trigger and bottle, carpet rake and/or upholstery brush, stain removal kit, and respirator.


When to Use

The best time to apply a fabric protector is directly after cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning technician, or directly after purchasing new carpet, rugs or upholstery. When applied correctly to domestic and commercial carpets and other fibres like nylon, polypropylene and wool, fabric protector increases the surface tension and enhances the coating mechanism of the fabric.

It is recommended to use Fibre Guard after every second cleaning for top efficiency.

Benefits

Besides the obvious benefit of stretching the length of your investment, protecting your fabric with our unique solution makes the fibres last longer, makes them stay cleaner for longer, look newer, and makes cleaning easier down the line. In addition to protecting against stains, spills and re-soiling, fibre protectors also directly benefit your facility, staff and clients by creating a healthy indoor environment and hypoallergenic film. It is safe and easy to apply, and best of all, it is people, pet and environmentally friendly.

How to Use

The basic rule is that if your fabric is ‘water cleanable’, then it is safe to protect with water-based fabric protector, and when fabrics are ‘dry clean only’, it is best to use a solvent-based protector, on various cotton and delicate fibres.

To correctly apply fabric protector, follow the steps below:
  • Mix the right amount of Fibre Guard at the recommended dilution rate. For damp, clean fibres, dilute at 2:1, and for dry, clean fibres, dilute at a rate of 4:1. Always add water to Fabric Guard, not the other way around.

  • Spray from 25cm to 50cm away with smooth overlapping passes, applying from left to right, then up and down.

  • Wet the surface thoroughly, but do not wet it to the point of dripping.

  • Use your carpet rake or soft brush for upholstery to work the solution into the surface and distribute it evenly.

  • Allow the area to dry fully before opening the area to traffic. Make sure the area has good ventilation and let air conditioners assist in the drying process.

  • Clean your spraying equipment immediately after use with clean water.

For the best results, test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area first before applying to the whole area. Only use freshly mixed solutions, and discard any solutions that are more than 24 hours old.

For more info on how you can properly protect your fabric, get in touch with us today or browse our complete range of super-effective cleaning supplies online today – 1300 123 499