FABRIC PROTECTION… Not Just for Light-Colored Fibers and Fabrics

Fabric protection treatments do much more than just protect against stains and repel liquids... And they aren't just for light-colored fabrics.  Many people only think about getting fabric protection on their lighter-colored furnishings because they see are trained to envision wine on a cream-colored Oriental rug, Kool-Aid on a light beige silk sofa, coffee on the boardroom Berber carpet—all good reasons to have these items protected.  But fabric protection treatments do much more than protect fabric from spills.

Extending The Life Of Carpet

Have you ever wondered why traffic lanes wear out faster than surrounding carpet?  Most think it’s because of the constant use it receives and in part that is true, however the overriding reason for carpet wear can be attributed to destructive soils that vacuuming does not remove.

Microscopic soils become lodged deep within the pile.  These soils attach themselves to the sides of the fibers and as the carpet is walked upon, the soils act like sandpaper slowly destroying the surrounding fibers, creating premature wear.  Eliminate or reduce the soils from the sides of the fibers and you will increase the useful life of the carpet.

Below is an example of how one fabric protector helps in the removal of unwanted soils. 


Care 4 plus chart treated vs untreated

Care 4 Plus Chart - Treated vs Untreated

Remember, anything that aids in dirt removal will result in:

  • Longer Life
  • Better Appearance
  • Healthier Environment

Extending The Life Of Above-The-Floor Fabrics

Some of the principles that affect carpet wear are the same principles that affect wear on upholstered furnishings, whether they are light, dark or any combination.  Many of the soils found in carpet can also be found in upholstered furnishings.  The concentrations of the destructive soils are lower, but the greasy soils are present in much higher amounts.  Also, the care of above-the-floor furnishings is quite different because of the delicacy of the many fibers and constructions. 

Often “damp dusting” is needed to help break the bond between oily soils and the fibers on which they are deposited.  Again, by removing unwanted soils, you extend the life of the fabric, resulting in better looking furnishings and a healthier environment. 

Fabrics With A Pile Can Be Challenging

Whether light or dark, pile fabrics such as velvets and chenille can be challenging.  Often the pile becomes distorted from a spill, leaving a dark fabric with a shiny light spot. 

The unsightly spot below might well have been avoided had the fabric been treated with a fabric protector. 


velvet pile distortion from a spill

Velvet pile distortion from a spill

Fabric Protectors Cannot Stand Alone

Even the best fabric protection is not the total answer.  A service plan must be put in place to aid clients in their times of need…when the unexpected happens.

Fiber-Seal has been a leader in fabric care since 1971.  Through research, we have developed specific formulas and techniques for treating a wide array of fibers and fabrics.  The skilled personnel at Fiber-Seal Service Centers deliver the highest quality fabric care to homes and offices across the U.S. and around the world.

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Always use fabric experts to clean and protect your upholstered furnishings.