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How to scotchgard a sofa

Updated February 21, 2017

Developed by 3M, Scotchgard is a product intended to prevent stains on fabrics and upholstery. The application of Scotchgard is quick and easy, taking only a few minutes with a spray can. According to the manufacturer, Scotchgard is safe for children and animals once the product has dried, but it is flammable in the can and when wet. Protecting one sofa with Scotchgard will require the use of several cans of the product.

Check the label on your sofa for a cleanability code. Upholstery Scotchgard is safe for cleanability codes W and W/S. Do not use Scotchgard on fabrics with a cleanability code of X.

Place the sofa on a large dust sheet to protect the floor from overspray.

Spray Scotchgard on the sofa in a small, hidden area. Press a white cloth to the wet Scotchgard to see if the fabric colours bleed onto the cloth. If the colour transfers, do not use the product on the sofa. Allow the test area to dry and check for any visible fading or other problems with the fabric. If no noticeable problems are found, proceed with the Scotchgard application to the entire sofa.

Remove the cushions and pillows from the sofa if possible.

Vacuum and clean the sofa thoroughly.

Shake the Scotchgard can and spray the product onto the sofa in slow, even movements holding the can 6 inches from the fabric. Cover the entire surface evenly. Begin with the back of the sofa, move to the arms and then spray both sides of the cushions and pillows.

Allow to dry 24 hours before resuming regular activity.

Things You'll Need

  • Scotchgard
  • Dust sheet
  • White cloth
  • Vacuum
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Chasity Goddard has been writing poetry, fiction and nonfiction since 1996. Her work has appeared in "Backspace" magazine, "Sepia Literary Magazine" and the "Plowman Press." Goddard holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing with a specialization in women's studies from the University of Tennessee.