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3M Scotchguard Carpet Protector Application Instructions

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Scotchguard

3M

Dilution and Coverage
Application SprayerIn cold weather, material may be subject to freezing temperatures. Freezing does not harm material. If freezing has occurred or is suspected, warm material to 10C (50F) and shake or stir well before first use. If material is subject to freezing temperatures between uses it is necessary to warm and mix material as noted above.

1. When applying Scotchguard Carpet Protector to new or clean carpet:

  • Mix 1 litre of concentrate with 4 litres of warm water (one part concentrate/4 parts water).

    Commercial grade carpet:
  • Use 1 litre of diluted treatment per 5 sq. metres (53 sq. feet) of carpet.

    Plush carpet:
  • Use 1 litre of diluted treatment per 2.5 sq. metres (26 sq. feet) of carpet.

2. To insure proper coverage, measure an area of carpet that will give the desired coverage when the entire contents of the sprayer are used up.
Add 1 litre of diluted Scotchguard Carpet Protector to the tank for each 5 sq. metres (53 sq. feet).
3.
Use diluted concentrate within 3-5 days after mixing.
4.
Use on colour fast carpet only. Always spray a small inconspicuous area of carpet, blot with white cloth and check for colour transfer before using. If colour transfer occurs, the carpet is not colour fast and the treatment should not be used.

Instructions for Use

A. New Carpet
1. No cleaning is necessary unless the carpeted area has been opened to traffic and shows visible soiling.
2.
If visible soiling has occurred the following procedures are recommended:

  • Vacuum carpet thoroughly.
  • Remove spots
  • Clean larger soiled areas such as traffic lanes using an extractor. If heavily soiled, traffic lanes may need shampooing with a Rotary Machine prior to extraction to remove all soil.

3. Dilute the Scotchguard Carpet Protector with warm water as indicated in the Dilution and Coverage section.
Measure off area to be treated 4.
To insure proper coverage measure the area to be treated. Be sure to use up entire contents of sprayer within the pre-measured area.
Hold spray nozzle 12" from the carpet 5.
Hold spray nozzle 12" from the carpet and spray the carpet using straight even overlapping strokes (overlap 1/2 the width of the spray pattern).

Note: See Methods of Application section for sprayer equipment recommendations and use instructions.

a. For most commercial style carpets this even, overlapping spray pattern is sufficient. These carpets include:

  • loop pile carpet:
    pile height: 5/16" or less
    pile weight: 22-36 oz./sq/ yd.
  • short nap plush:
    pile height: 3/8" or less
    pile weight: 22-36 oz./sq. yd.

b. For open shag construction:

  • spray the carpet.
  • use a shag rake to rake the pile immediately after spraying.

c. For dense deep pile carpet, the Scotchguard Carpet Protector should be scrubbed in immediately after spraying to obtain deeper pile penetration. Use a rotary machine with carpet brush or a dry foam machine (do not use a shampoo or any other chemical with the machine).
    Dense pile carpets are those with:
       pile height: 5/6" or more
       pile weight: 36.2/sq. yd. or more

6. The carpet should dry in 6-12 hours.
    Maximum soil and stain protection develops in 3-4 days.

B. Soiled Carpet

1. Vacuum carpet thoroughly.
2.
Remove severe spots and stains with favorite spotter.
3.
Extract carpet to remove all soil. Traffic lanes and other heavily soiled areas may need shampooing with a rotary machine prior to extraction to remove all soil.
4.
The Scotchguard Carpet Protector may be appllied before the carpet is dry. Care must be taken to evaluate potential shrinkage problems due to over-wetting. If shrinkage is a potential problem, either wait until the carpet dries before applying treatment or follow this test for wetness:

  • After cleaning, place one layer of paper toweling on the carpet and press firmly with your hand. If moisture from the carpet soaks through the towel, wait before applying treatment. If moisture does not soak through the towel, the carpet treatment may be applied.

5. Mix one part treatment with 4 parts warm water, 1 litre of concentrate to 4 litres of warm water. Spray the diluted treatment at a rate of 2 litres per 10 sq. metres of carpet.
6.
To insure proper coverage, measure off area to be treated. Be sure to use up entire contents of sprayer within the premeasured area.
7.
Hold spray nozzle 12 inches from the carpet and spray the carpet using straight even overlapping strokes. (Overlap 1/2 the width of the spray pattern).

    Note:
    See Methods of Application section for sprayer equipment recommendations and use instructions.

8. The carpet should dry in 6-12 hours. Maximum soil and stain protection develops in 3 to 4 days.

Important Notes to Proper Carpet Preparation
1.
Rotary shampooing prior to extraction insures the highest level of cleanliness possible prior to extraction should be done when traffic lane soil or other heavy soil cannot be removed by extraction alone.
2.
The extraction process is complete when no visible soil remains in the carpet, and the extracted water is clean and free of foam. This is particularly important for carpets that have been shampooed frequently and have a heavy detergent build up.

Methods of Application
When using any of the following pieces of equipment be sure to pre-measure the area of carpet to be treated and use all diluted treatment within two hours of mixing.
The following pieces of equipment are recommended for applying Scotchguard Carpet Protector
3M Carpet Protector Spray Applicator

  • recommended for all applications.
    For more information contact us

Directions for Use:
1.
Pre-measure area to be treated and dilute Scotchguard Carpet Protector
2.
Add diluted Carpet Protector to spray tank.
3.
Close filling port and pressurize tank to 50 psi.
4.
Hold the spray nozzle 12 inches from the carpet and spray the measured area using straight, even overlapping strokes. Overlap 1/2 the spray pattern width on each pass.
5.
Repressurize the spray tank to 50 psi when the pressure drops to 30 psi.
6.
Continue spraying measured area until the sprayer is empty (until proper coverage is achieved).
7.
Carefully release pressure from the sprayer tank.
8.
Rinse out sprayer and spray wand with water when the job is finished.

Maintenance of Treated Carpet
1.
Vacuum Carpet Frequently and Thoroughly
This is the key to a good maintenance program. Vacuuming each day is the best way to remove walked on soil and prevent it from being ground into the carpet and carpet fiber.
2.
Remove Spots and Spills Daily as They Occur
Blot wet spots with absorbent cloth or tissue. Rinse with water and blot dry. Use 3M Carpet Spot Remover and Upholstery Cleaner or 3M Heavy Duty Carpet Stain Remover as needed.
3.
Cleaning Treated Carpets
When the carpet does become soiled, maintain by extraction.
4.
Re-Application of Scotchguard Carpet Protector
When the carpet is no longer water and oil repellent, re-application is necessary. When re-applying treatment, only 1/2 of the original amount or treatment is necessary to replace the surface coating that may have been worn away from traffic and scrubbing. Follow these directions when re-applying treatment:

Preparation of Carpet
Extract to remove all soil. The treatment may be reapplied immediately after cleaning or when the carpet is dry.

Dilution and Coverage
1. Mix 1 litre of concentrate with 4 litres of warm water (one part concentrate/4 parts water).
2.
Use 1 litre of diluted treatment per 10 sq. metres (108 sq. ft.) of commercial grade carpet, and 2 litres of diluted treatment per 10 sq. metres (108 sq. ft.) of plush carpet.

Performance Monitoring
The performance of the Scotchguard Carpet Protector is dependent on the application that you provide.
If the fluoro-chemical is diluted and the solution is sprayed on carpet as directed, the properties of Scotchguard Carpet Protector will provide excellent benefits to your customers.
If you skip an area or do not apply the Scotchguard Carpet Protector solution as suggested, the customer may experience uneven soiling, "striping" and you run the risk of having general dissatisfaction. It's up to you to conscientiously follow the instructions for applying Scotchguard.


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