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Scotchgard vs Scotchguarding

Dec 17, 2021

Scotchgard is a protective product that was first discovered accidentally in 1952 by 3M chemists. Sales first began in 1952, and the formula was patented in 1973. Scotchgard was the first stain protection, and as such many people still refer to fabric protection as “Scotchguarding”.

“Scotchguarding” is the process of stain protecting a fabric furnishing. Much like we refer to any type of tissue as Kleenex, any bandage as a band aid, or photocopying as “xeroxing”, the term “Scotchguarding” has become synonymous with protecting furniture, area rugs, and carpets from everyday stains.

Living Room Furniture protected by Stain Protect

This initial formulation of stain prevention was taken off the market in the early 2000s, and reformulated due to its harmful chemical components. The newest incarnation of Scotchgard is now sold in a can and is not nearly as effective as its predecessor. It is now a water-based solution that cannot be used on natural fibers such as Rayon, Cotton, Viscose, or linen as the water will often turn these natural fibres yellow, or brown.

StainProtect™, alternatively, is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and non-water based protector! It has been formulated to last much longer than Scotchgard and is much more effective in preventing a wider range of common household stains.

If you have made any appreciable investment in your household furnishings, StainProtect™ is your best choice to keep your furnishings looking pristine for many years to come!