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Frequently asked questions

Questions about Scotchgard™ Products? We've got you covered.

General Questions

  • When stored properly, at temperatures below 48° Celsius (120° Fahrenheit) and safe from punctures, a can of Scotchgard™ Protector can last up to three years.

  • Visit the Where to buy page to find a list of stores.

  • To dispose of Scotchgard™ Aerosol Products (anything that comes in a spray can, like fabric, carpet, auto, or suede), check to see what your city or county recommends for disposal of waste chemicals and aerosol cans. If your city requires you to empty the cans first for regular disposal (recycling or trash pickup), you’ll have to find a hazardous waste disposal site in your community instead. Most cities or counties have a hazardous waste dumpsite where you’ll be able to dispose of partially full cans.

  • Once the Scotchgard™ Product you’ve applied is dry, your item or fabric is safe for children and pets. Scotchgard™ Products comply with all applicable laws and regulations and are safe for their intended uses.

Product questions

Looking for information on how to apply Scotchgard™ Products or what materials you can use it on? Click on the photo of your product for specific information.

  • 3M™ Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield
  • Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector
  •  Scotchgard™ Rug & Carpet Protector
  • Scotchgard™ Auto Fabric & Carpet Protector
  • Scotchgard™ Fabric & Carpet Cleaner

Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield

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  • Use Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield on fabric patio furniture, sporting gear, boat covers, backpacks, tents, outerwear, and leather.
  • At about average room temperature (21° Celsius, 50% humidity), your fabric should dry overnight, but make sure to check before you start using treated surfaces again. When it’s colder or more humid, it might take longer for your surfaces to dry.Ventilating the area by opening windows, using a fan, or applying the product outdoors will help Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield dry faster. If you’re just drying between coats, 2 – 4 hours is usually sufficient.

  • In general, Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield can be used on cotton, cotton blends, leather, suede, nylon, canvas, and polyester.

    If in doubt, test a small, out-of-the-way spot first to make sure your fabric will stay colourfast.

    If you use Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield to treat outdoor gear with white rubber soles, the soles may turn yellow – if that happens, clean the affected area as soon as possible with rubbing alcohol.

  • Reapply Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield seasonally or as needed to maintain repellency.

Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector

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Scotchgard™ Rug & Carpet Protector

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Scotchgard™ Auto Fabric & Carpet Protector

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Scotchgard™ Fabric & Carpet Cleaner

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  • Scotchgard™ Fabric & Carpet Cleaner is intended for use on washable fabrics and fabrics approved by the manufacturer for water-based cleaning. These fabrics are generally marked “W” or “WS,” but check the manufacturer’s cleaning care and warranty information to make sure. Do not use on “S” coded fabrics, silk, wool, velvet, leather, imitation suede, or “dry clean only” fabrics. Fabric codes can be found on the tag sewn into the item by the manufacturer.

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