|We've been having a heck of a time finding a sofa/loveseat combination that will fit our family room space. The PB Greenwich is perfect in dimension and we love the style. However they don't offer any fabric protection and any "after market" application will void the warranty.
The sofas I have currently have all had some sort of scotchguard-like treatment, and we haven't had any trouble cleaning even the nastiest of messes (two little kids, occasional canine visitors and lots of red wine drinkers). But since I have nothing to compare to, I have no idea if today's microfiber type fabrics are just as stain resistent/cleanable without the extra protection.
There's a retailer that we've used before that offers (and highly recommends) their own brand of scotchguarding, but we don't like their sofa options as much.
Anyone want to chime in? Do I really need the stain guard? Anyone have any experience getting stains out of PB upholstery?
Thanks in advance!
|I think you need Scotchguard.....or leather. |
|Please don't get a fabric treatment if you get microfiber. Talk to some really reputable manufacturers about it first. I have been told that chemically treating microfiber actually DECREASES its natural stain restistance. My microfiber sofa has none and even ball point ink washed off with soap and water. Grease stains and long stading stains (like dirt that has built up over many years) are harder to get out. If you go with a non-microfiber fabric, go ahead with the treatment if you want. I have been assured it is not necessary, but at least it isn't likely to make it MORE prone to stains, like it can with microfiber. My local Stickley retailer was the latest, but not the first, to tell me that modern fabrics are manufactured with stain resistant finishes and they do not recommend applying anything else, nor will they offer to do it for you, or do it even if you request it. They were considering offering a purchasable stain "insurance" that comes with a cleaning kit for people who are really paranoid about stains, but they would still not treat the fabric with anything. They would just clean or recover the sofa if necessary. Thus they would offer it as "insurance" rather than a "treatment". Not only that, if you read the fine print, EVERY manufacturer I looked into would void the "wear" warantee on the fabric, if there was one, if the fabric was treated with any chemical. That is because chemicals can weaken the fibers and they refuse to be responsible after that. It is really hard to give up that "stain treatment" that was such a great option when it became available years ago. I also came to rely on it. But it isn't really necessary anymore with most modern fabrics and can create more problems than it solves. Go with untreated microfiber, a dark synthetic, or leather, IMHO. Its going to be hard to get salesmen to stop selling something that brings in more money, especially when people are so conditioned to think they need it that they actually insist on paying for it, even after they are told they don't need it, and especially when they become suspicious when honest places stop offering an unneeded and potentially detremental treatment. By the way, I was told this by Stickley, by the sofa manufacturer Temple, by my local furntiure dealer who sells numerous brands but is quite reputable, and by the local dept store where I bought my microfiber sofa and where they have already switched to offering an "insurance" rather than a treatment. If they are willing to insure it against stains with no treatment, they must be pretty sure that is really the best option. I might still go for it or, better yet, the insurance, if I ordered a white or very light cotton, becuase I have been conditioned to think the same way you have. But I am really starting to believe them now. Personally, I would rather have the insurance than the treatment, since it would not void any warantees but they would absorb the cost if it did get stained. |
|The only time I ever hear about Scotchgaurding and warranties is when someone is cussing about how the store is weaseling out of the deal. |
You can buy a whole lot of Oxyclean for the price of that treatment.
|read thes for some history of the old scotguard, your health and our environment... |
Q: Are Scotchgard™ Protector products safe to use?
Q: Is this also applicable to Scotchgard™ Carpet and Upholstery Protector used by professional cleaners in either residential or commercial applications?
Q: How do the new Scotchgard™ Protector formulations differ from the prior formulations?
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Q: Do Scotchgard™ Protector products contain any PFOA or PFOS?
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