Why we don't 'Scotchguard' our upholstery:
- Fabric Backing
- Most all fabrics today have a thin rubberized backing which holds it together. Stain repellant 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 repellant, 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 repellant chemical to MICRO FIBER fabric!!