You will need two coats of Scotchgard to cover one average-sized couch. Spray it thinly on the sofa and let it dry for two to four hours. Make a second coat and let the furniture dry overnight or longer, depending on the climate.
Several coats are not required since there are different sizes and styles of sofas. However, please protect the non-fabric parts of the furniture before applying the coating. If over spraying happens, you should also prepare a rag to remove the excess product.
What Is the Price to Scotchgard a Sofa?
A can of Scotchgard usually costs $6 to $17, and you can use it for one couch. Your sofa’s size may require additional cans. There are some homeowners who choose to have their furniture pretreated, which can cost up to $150.
Should You Scotchgard New Furniture?
You can extend the life of your new furniture by protecting it with Scotchgard. Think of it as a way to prevent spills from staining or damaging the materials. It is also easier to maintain a sofa cover, especially if you have natural fabrics like cotton and linen.
In addition, fabric such as polyester, nylon, or acrylic do not necessarily offer a good level of protection from stains, which is not the case with, for instance, fabric like olefin. If you’re worried about your upholstery then a spray like Scotchgard protection offers only minimal additional benefit. You also need to take into consideration how much time, effort, and money you want to spend as sprays will need to be reapplied every time you do laundry or at least every six months.
Sofa covers are the better couch protectors as they last longer and installing slipcovers on couches is comparatively easy. Washing them more frequently will ensure they are protected from dust and stains, and the color won’t fade.
Is It Safe To Scotchgard A Couch?
If you use Scotchgard’s recommended product for your sofa type, you should be fine. There are different types of Scotchgard sofa protectors, and some of them are incompatible with some materials. You can, for example, use Scotchgard Fabric Water Shield and Scotchgard Suede and Nubuck Protector.
The Scotchgard Fabric Water Shield is safe for upholstery made of fabrics that can be washed like cotton, wool, silk, polyester, nylon, and acrylic, but incompatible with leather and should be tested first on microfiber. Scotchgard Suede & Nubuck Protector is not made for other fabrics such as microfiber, while Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield can be used on leather, suede, polypropylene, cotton, nylon, and polyester.
Scotchgard protection is important to maintain the beauty and safety of your furniture. The only way to know how many coats you need is through trial and error. After you have given your furniture a good cleaning, determine how much time it will take before it soaks up more liquids. You may need less if your fabric is porous or more if it’s not.
The final decision is yours as to whether you should get a slipcover or not. But if you want to be on the safe side, go with a traditional slipcover to protect the sofa.