How to Use Scotchguard

Updated February 21, 2017

In addition to being commercially applied, Scotchgard is available for home use. Applying Scotchgard to household textiles, clothing and other items can improve fabric stain-resisting and water-shedding abilities. Knowing how to use Scotchgard and what to expect from this product can make fabric maintenance easier throughout the home.

Explore household products to which manufacturers have applied Scotchgard. These include asphalt shingles, carpeting, resilient flooring and paint. Use these Scotchgard-manufactured products to keep your house resistant to roof algae, liquid spills, and stains when making major purchases or decorating decisions. For things such as carpet, investigate renewal or new commercial application of Scotchgard (the company recommends this over home application).

Use Scotchgard to protect household and car upholstery from stains and spills. Protect outdoor furniture, camping gear, luggage and outdoor wear that may be losing its original water-repellency. Indoors, in addition to upholstery, Scotchgard can be applied to curtains, bedspreads, lamp shades and throw pillows. Picnic blankets, shopping totes and patio umbrellas are naturals for Scotchgard. In all cases, follow fabric-code guidelines (see Scotchgard's guide in links below).

Use Scotchgard to protect clothing of all kinds (again, see fabric code link below). Scotchgard increases the water-repellency of sneakers, hiking boots and dressy leather boots. Old, washable rain gear often loses its weatherproof quality with frequent laundering---renew it with Scotchgard and refresh your umbrella as well. Sports uniforms can be sprayed to resist both grime and odour accumulation.


Consider any fabric as a potential candidate for Scotchgarding. In every home the list will be different. For more ideas, see Scotchgard's 101 uses list in links below.


Follow precautions printed on containers when using Scotchgard. Contents are both flammable and under pressure. As with other chemicals, protect skin and avoid breathing it in, and apply it in a well-ventilated area. Do not use in the close presence of children, and do not apply Scotchgard to items likely to be in prolonged contact with small children. Make certain all sprayed items are completely dry before returning them to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Scotchgard Products for Home Application
  • Fabrics to be Treated
  • Well-Ventilated Work Space
  • Rubber Gloves and Protective Face Mask (optional)
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Janet Beal has written for various websites, covering a variety of topics, including gardening, home, child development and cultural issues. Her work has appeared on early childhood education and consumer education websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Harvard University and a Master of Science in early childhood education from the College of New Rochelle.