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Carpet Protector FAQ

Q. What is a carpet stain and soil protector?

Carpet protector is applied to carpet fibers to give them added protection from stains and soils. The most common carpet protectors today consist of fluorochemicals. When applied to carpeting, fluorochemicals change the surface energy of the carpet fiber and act like non-stick coatings on a cooking utensil. Soil, oil, and water all slip off the fiber. Many carpets are pretreated with protector at the mill, and may also be treated with a dye-blocker to further enhance the carpet’s stain resistance.

Q. Why should carpets be treated with a carpet protector?

We’ve all seen the commercials showing how stain protection can prevent a disaster when food and beverages are spilled on carpeting. This same protection keeps oily and dry based soils from adhering to the carpet fiber. Carpets treated with protector are not only stain resistant, they are easier to clean, and look clean longer.

Q. Will carpet protector help keep carpets looking new?

Yes! If you were to view a new carpet fiber under a microscope you would see what appears to be a highly polished, hollow glass tube. This tube reflects light back to our eyes. It is this reflected light that gives the carpet its color and luster. Unfortunately, over time, the tube can become scratched. Once scratched, the fiber can no longer reflect light properly. This is the reason why carpeting in entryways, hallways, and traffic lanes looks dirty and trampled, even after it has been thoroughly cleaned. Similar to the protection provided by a coat of wax on your car’s finish, carpet protector shields the carpet fiber from scratches caused by dirt and grit. Carpet protector helps keep your carpeting looking great for years to come.


Q. When should carpet protector be applied?

Carpet protector is not permanent, even when applied at the mill. Protector will clean off and walk off from carpet fibers. An initial treatment of carpet protector should be applied after a thorough professional cleaning. Most manufacturers suggest that protector be reapplied after every two or three cleanings, and perhaps after each cleaning over heavily trafficked areas such as entryways and halls. If your carpet is covered by a stain resistant warranty, please refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for reapplying protector.


Q. Is it expensive to apply carpet protector?

Carpet protector is a real bargain when you consider all of its benefits. Not only does it protect against stains and soiling, but it can also add years of life to your carpet’s appearance. Application prices vary depending on the type and amount of carpet you want treated. For a quick, no obligation phone quote, please call KWIK KLEAN at 847-640-6413 We would be delighted to answer all of your carpet maintenance questions, and tell you about fabric protection for your upholstery as well.




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