Is scotchguarding worthwhile

I’ve just ordered a new lounge. There is an option for scotchguarding (for an additional payment). Does anyone know if this is worthwhile or just a gimmick?


Hi @aswr, welcome to the community.

Scotchguard or other fabric protectors are generally worth it if you have a fabric which is difficult to clean (tends to absorb stains) and you plan to drink or eat on the lounge. It has little value on some fabrics such as shiny leather or vinyl surfaces. For such products, it is best to get products specially suited to them.

Saying this, if is far cheaper to buy your own fabric protector than purchase it through the retailer. A can or two ($10-24) will be enough to cover a large lounge and most likely will be far cheaper than the retailer option. You also need to recoat regularly to retain the protection abilities.

This blog may also be of use to you and confirms what is outlined above:


In addition to what @phb posted many of the ‘packs’ furniture shops sell require periodic maintenance resprays at your cost. Miss one and any guarantee or service promised is voided.

DIY is not difficult but instructions must be followed religiously, no shortcuts taken, or the result may be patchy.


Thank you both for your helpful advice. The material is a polyester, so that should be easy to clean anyway. I might give the scotch guard a miss :ok_hand:


I have used Scotchguard and other waterproofing products on lounges (and outdoor clothes).

As the previous posters say, it is much cheaper if you do it yourself and you know that it has actually been done. I found the DIY products to work quite well, but must be reapplied (as stated above) to maintain the protection.


I worked at a furniture place and a person who applied protective coating to fabrics said scotch brand was, useless. He used another brand sure did charge a fortune per seat must of made money


I have used scotch on furniture over the years and with the exception of my sometimes questionable application ‘talents’ it has done everything advertised.

My guess is he used one his customers could not check out easily while doing his bit to discredit a DIY. eg Scotch is available in many places. Hence a reason he could


There are a variety of products/brands available. Each promote their product as having something different that makes it a better choice. Even the 3M branded Scotchguard has changed it’s formulation over time. This makes objective comparisons of different products more difficult.

Some boast ‘nanotechnology’ as a natural solution to using chemical treatments. Although nanotech is still based on manufacturing a chemical formulation.

We had a fabric lounge setting protected at first purchase. We did not continue with a regular reapplication. It’s had 25 years of regular use. It responded well to a professional clean (twice in that time). The fabric has worn thin on several of the arms with small tears now evident. The home environment and how the item of furniture is used can make a difference.


Maybe some people in business want to make a product they use better or claim to be better than others. I do not doubt any product over anything else. In regards to the person who would spray or treat upholstery /fabric when i mentioned brands other than the one he used surely seemed to think his, was, superior. Its no different to how things are marketed bit like on TV shows selling things promoting ours, os better than the rest. I really think the upholstery guy who was treating the furniture for stains where i worked was in a lucrative business just an opinion.