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Fabric Protector Tips

Why we don’t ‘Scotch-Guard’ our upholstery:

Fabric Backing
Most all fabrics today have a thin rubberized backing which holds it together. Stain repellent chemicals eat away at this backing over time, effectively dissolving the fabric. As a result, manufacturers have stopped applying any such chemical and do not recommend its use.
Warranty Voiding
Applying the chemical yourself will void the manufacturer’s warranty. (generally one full year from the date of purchase)

If you must apply such a stain repellent, follow these guidelines:

  • Test an inconspicuous area for color fastness.
  • When applying to the full piece, use a very light mist coat – DO NOT SATURATE.
  • Use such a chemical only on fabric which is easily changeable such as dining chairs. Do not use on large items like recliners and sofas.

***If you are worried about stains setting in, Earl’s recommends you choose a MICRO FIBER fabric. This fabric is made with 100% polyester and has a natural tendency to repel liquids and can be wiped down with a damp cloth or even vacuum cleaned if needed.

NEVER apply Scotch-Guard or any other stain repellent chemical to MICRO FIBER fabric!!