Protectant: Is it worth it?
Contrary to what people often think, carpet and upholstery protectant is not simply a way for carpet cleaners to make more money. Yes, we do make a small margin of profit on this particular product, but please keep reading to find out why we consider it important to the overall life of your carpet.
A good protectant will provide the following benefits:
- It repels water and oils
- It resists stains
- It resists soil
- It makes carpet more likely to come clean
Protectant works by covering each carpet fiber with a barrier against its surrounding environment. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a magic solution that ensures your carpet will never become stained. It is however a wonderful tool to give you that extra needed time to blot up spills before they have the chance to soak into your carpet.
There are four main types of protectants available for use. I won’t bore you with the detail, partially because I can hardly understand them myself. It will suffice to simply list them here:
- Colloidal Silicas and acrylic polymers
- Carboxylate/Phenolic Carboxylate/Phenolic Chemicals
All four have something to offer in the way of carpet protectant. Fluorochemicals, however, come out the best all around. They prove themselves especially well when it comes to soil and stain resistance and water and oil repellency. True to form, Aaron utilizes the best protectant on the market. Namely, DuPont’s commercial product for carpet and upholstery protectant.
Here at Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, we have found protectant to work wonders for maintaining carpets between professional cleans. The technicians much prefer to clean protected carpet as they know they are likely to have a higher success rate as far as getting the soil out of the fibers of the carpet.
Customers are happier too as it prolongs the life of their carpet, makes it easier for them to preserve each cleaning, gives them time to get to the spills, and helps their carpet keep looking great throughout its life.
So if you’re waivering on the border of whether to spend the extra money on protectant for your carpet or upholstery, then waiver no more. In the long run, even in the short run, it is definitely worth the investment.
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.