Fabric Protectors Everything You Need To Know


Fabric protection will penetrate and encapsulate the fibres in carpet, rugs or upholstery creating an invisible and powerful repellancy to keep dirt, dust and liquids from getting in.

The protector increases surface tension which means that any liquid spills will have less chance of penetrating the surface.

Ultimately will give you more time to clean up and remove spills and dirt before they penetrate into your carpet, rugs or upholstery ans cause stains.


Applying the protector properly is an important factor in ensuring the whole item is treated evenly and with the right amount of protector. The way it is applied may vary depending on the method of application.

It doesn’t matter so much about whether it’s sprayed with a hand held trigger spray bottle or a spray gun the main thing is to spray the surface evenly overlapping the previous pass and not over-wetting the fibres.

This is especially important if you are using a water based protector. Water based protectors take longer to dry than solvent based and if over wetting occurs it could leave brown water marks.

If you’re unsure or not confident with what you are doing it’s advisable to call in a professional fabric protection service to apply it for you.

There is a performance difference between solvent base and water base protectors.

Water Based Fabric Protector

Water-based protectors are generally temporary, requiring reapplications every six months or so, depending on the brand and how much use the fabric or carpet gets.

Most water-based protection has a lower abrasion factor and comes off easily when the material is used a lot or cleaned.

And even though the treatment is water-based, the fibers might yellow if overtreated.

Water based protectors have little or no smell when being applied.

Unlike carpet, which is primarily made from synthetic fibers, many rugs and upholstery fabrics may contain a wide variety of synthetic or natural fibers, or both in blends.

Synthetic fibers (nylon, polyester, olefin and acrylic) respond well to the application of water-based fluorochemical treatments but natural fibers and regenerated cellulose fibers (viscose, rayon and acetate)
don’t. They may also be prone to several post-application problems from the additional moisture that is introduced after applying the protector.

These problems include:

  • Slow drying
  • Cellulose browning
  • Water stains
  • Shrinkage
  • Change of feel in fabric (natural velvets stiffen)
  • Dye bleeding
  • Low repellancy with many available products

Solvent Based Fabric Protector.

Solvent based protection will resist the damaging effects of abrasion much better than water base protectors which essentially just sit on the surface of the fibre.
Solvent-based stain protection can safely be used for a wide variety of carpets, rugs(especially viscose mixes)and fabrics including silks and other delicate fabrics where water based protectors
could stain the fabric or rug and change its color.


  • Fast Drying. Reduces any chance of water marks
  • Superior Abrasion Factor: Will not wear off as easy as water based.
  • Versatile: Can be used on a wide variety of fibres including viscose and velvet.
  • Does not alter the look, feel or colour of the fibre.
  • Superior Repellancy.


  • Strong odour during application.
  • Many products contain fluoro-chemicals.
  • Needs to be sprayed with pressure.


A good quality carpet and fabric protector can reduce damage from liquid spills and dirt!

When spills can’t penetrate the fibre, clean up becomes easier and staining is avoided.

This means your rugs,carpets and upholstery won’t need to be replaced before they should.


Even with new furniture always make sure there are no dirt marks or stains before application. If protector is applied over a dirt mark or stain it locks it in and becomes very difficult to remove.


Before “retreating” or “protecting” a fibre, the item must be thoroughly cleaned first. Fabric protector
products bond most effectively to a perfectly clean fibre.

Anything not removed from the fibre can interfere with the bonding and performance of the fabric protector.

All dirt, body oils, sweat, lotions, oils of any type, residuals including un-removed soap or detergent residues can impede bonding and performance.

Have the items professionally cleaned before re-treating for best results.



  • Helps protect your carpets, rugs & upholstery from food & drink stains
  • Helps to repel water & oil-based spillages water,cordial, wine, coffee, tea & oil.
  • Protects against dust, dirt and grime.
  • Minimises the impact of liquid spills and ground-in dirt so that your fabrics don’t look old and shabby, they stay looking fresher for longer.
  • Won’t change the feel or colour of your fabrics.
  • Makes the clean-up faster and easier.
  • Helps keep carpets and upholstery cleaner for longer.
  • Makes professional cleaning outcomes superior compared to items that have never been treated.
  • Will give you time to clean up spills and stains before they become a problem.

When considering other protectors please remember Fiber Protector Solvent Based offers:

Resistance Protection
Other solutions only coat your upholstery, an application of Fiber Protector will penetrate and encapsulate fibres and withstand multiple commercial cleanings.

Unique Nanotechnology to Protect & Strengthen
Fiber Protector treatments resist against stains, UV Sun Fade, and bacteria. Even better it adds abrasion strength and wear integrity without changing the texture or colour of your item.

Great Value For Money
Fiber Protector can extend the life of fabrics and fibres by years for only a small percentage of the items cost.

Proven Environmentally Safe By Independent Laboratories
Fiber Protector Products are considered the leading environmentally safe protectors in the world with no fluorochemicals, and biodegradable. Tested annually and endorsed by the Woolsafe organisation.

StainShield Water Based Fabric Protector

Stain Shield is a safe water-based protection and contains no harmful solvents. It has no odours, no carcinogens, is non-toxic, is biodegradable, contains no VOCs and is non-allergenic. Once dry, it presents NO health concerns.

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