Carpet Protector

Unfortunately there is a lot of confusion in the carpet cleaning industry
about carpet protectors.  Uneducated, uninformed, and sometimes
dishonest carpet cleaners have created a great deal of confusion by giving out
false information or misrepresenting the product.

A stain resistant carpet is made with two protective properties: the first is an acid dye
blocker that is like a clear dye that fills the extra dye sites in a fiber.  This helps keep
"foreign" dyes from spills from penetrating the carpet fiber.  The second property is called a "flourochemical".  This helps keep spillage from getting to the acid dye blocker, but its biggest job is to resist dry soil.

By resisting dry soil, less soil bonds to the carpet, increasing the amount being picked up by your vacuum.  Making sure that you have a sufficient amount of protector on your carpet will help keep the soil from bonding to the carpet.  Once it bonds to the carpet, it acts like sandpaper on your traffic areas.  Once the carpet fibers are broken down, there is no way to bring them back to their original state.

Primary ways that factory protector is removed from carpet

1. Regular foot traffic.  Over a period of 6 months to 2 years, depending on the amount of traffic, a significant amount of protector can be removed from your traffic areas and needs to be reapplied.

2.  High alkaline cleaners.  Many carpet cleaners use harsh chemicals on the carpet that will strip it's factoryprotection.  If you have had your carpet cleaned in the past, there is a good chance the cleaner removed a significant amount of protector.  It needs to be reapplied.

Reasons you should always get carpet protector

1.  Reduces permanent stains.  Unprotected carpet doesn't repel spills as well as protected carpet.  Being able to remove spots and spills more effectively, you can avoid permanent staining.

2.  Helps keep your traffic areas from breaking down.  Traffic area soil is very abrasive and can prematurely wear out your carpet.  By applying protector, you will increase the life of your carpet dramatically, by preventing traffic area soil from breaking down the carpet fibers.

3.  Make spots easier to remove.  Carpet protector keeps spills from binding as tightly to carpet fibers.  This increases the odds of removing a stain.

4.  Makes your next professional cleaning more effective.  Having protector applied to your carpet will enhance your next cleaning.  More soil will be removed the next time your carpet is proffesionally cleaned.

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