How to scotchgard a sofa yourself

Updated February 21, 2017

When you buy a new sofa, you want it to last a long time. However, the "fabric protection" offers that so many furniture stores put forward often seem like a rip-off, with inflated prices for something that you are more than capable of doing yourself. It is definitely worth taking the time to Scotchgard your own sofa. The extra protection can make all the difference between a stain that can be easily cleaned up and one that will have you flipping the cushion upside down.

Test the Scotchgard on a portion of your sofa that is out of the way and not visible to the eye most of the time. Although Scotchgard is safe to use with most fabrics, 3M advises always testing it before you proceed with a large-scale application.

Make sure that your room is well-ventilated. Open the windows and turn on a fan or two so you have steady airflow moving through the area while you apply the Scotchgard.

Spray on a liberal coating of the Scotchgard. Be sure that you get a smooth and even application of the substance over the entire sofa. Take your time, and use slow and steady strokes to provide an even coating.

Let the sofa dry for approximately 24 hours before you use it.

Reapply Scotchgard around every six months. The coating wears off, so if you want to maintain maximum possible protection for your fabric, you will need to reapply it regularly.


Scotchgard is not just for protecting your sofa. You can also use it to protect any of your chairs, ottomans or stools that have a fabric covering you want to protect. You can also use it on carpets to prevent stains from being ground into the fabric on your floors.

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