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carpet cleaningIf you are having your carpet cleaned, you might be concerned as to whether or not it will damage your carpets protective coating. Most carpets these days are treated with some sort of a protector whether it be Scotch Gard (or Guard), Teflon or some other variety. The protector helps your carpet stay clean by preventing stains from sinking deep into the fiber. It is kind of like wax on a car. It helps your carpet stay clean longer and makes it easier to clean in the future.

So, does carpet cleaning remove Scotch Gard (Guard)? The answer is no, a proper carpet cleaning will not remove the protector that has been applied to your carpet. It would take a high PH cleaning solution to remove the protector and a proper cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning company will not use such a high PH. Generally, PH levels below 10 are safe for stain resistant carpet.

What does remove Scotch Gard (Guard)? If a carpet cleaner uses a PH level that is too high, some of the protective coating can be removed. To guard against this, always hire a quality carpet cleaning company with a good reputation. The lowest price cleaners are the most likely to use cheap and improper cleaning chemicals.
Another way that your protector is worn out is by wear. Over time, your Scotch Gard (Guard) will simply be worn off. This is why it is a good idea to have it reapplied every few years. You can pay a carpet cleaner to do this or you can save some money and reapply it yourself.
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