Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

Product Questions

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Scotchgard™ Fabric Water Shield

Scotchgard™ Fabric Crafts Water Shield

Scotchgard™ Auto Water Shield

Scotchgard™ Rug & Carpet Protector

Scotchgard™ Heavy Duty Water Shield

Scotchgard™ Water & Sun Shield

  • Use Scotchgard™ Water & Sun Shield on fabric patio furniture, sporting gear, boat covers, umbrellas, awnings, tarps, flags, tents, and other outdoor fabrics.

  • At about average room temperature (70 degrees F, 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™ Water & Sun Shield dry faster. If you’re just drying between coats, 2 – 4 hours is usually sufficient.

  • In general, Scotchgard™ Sun & Water Shield can be used on patio furniture fabrics, nylon, canvas, polyester, and leather.


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


    If you use Scotchgard™ Water & Sun 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.

  • Scotchgard™ Water & Sun Shield in not recommended for indoor use because most fading that happens indoors occurs as a result of heat and indoor light, rather than water and sun.

Scotchgard™ Suede and Nubuck Protector

Scotchgard™ OXY Spot & Stain Remover for Carpet & Fabric

Scotchgard™ OXY Spot & Stain Remover for Pets

Scotchgard™ OXY Spot & Stain Remover for Auto

Scotchgard™ Premium Countertop Cleaner

Scotchgard™ Fabric & Carpet Cleaner

  • Scotchgard™ Fabric & Carpet Cleaner is intended for use on washable fabrics and fabrics approved by the manufacturer for water-based cleaning or protection products. 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.

Scotchgard™ Tarni-Shield™ Silver Polish

Scotchgard™ Stainless Steel Cleaner

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