'D' for Decorating Crafty (& Handy) Double Parlor

Protecting Our Upholstery

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Remember the pair of chairs in our living room? The ones that I mentioned were the recipient once of a nice dousing with orange soda?

Protecting Light-Colored Upholstery #LoveYourThings #Scotchgard

Yep, those are the ones. We usually only eat or drink at the dining room table, but the soda was spilled during a party when we were being more lax (and by an adult, not one of the kids!). We got to it right away and luckily it came up without staining, but it wasn’t a good feeling to worry that the upholstery might have been ruined by one little accident.

I hadn’t taken any steps to protect them, even after that incident, until after I started working with Scotchgard Brand. I’d heard of them before (most of us probably have), but I hadn’t used any of their products or seen them in action so it didn’t cross my mind that it was an option. When I met with their team and was able to see a few demos, I realized how helpful it would have been for my chairs! Scotchgard Protectors don’t change the look or feel of your fabric at all, and you would never know a fabric had been treated unless you were to spill on it. Liquids bead up on the surface, so if something spills you have a little leeway to go get a towel and clean things up before anything soaks through.

Using #Scotchgard Protectors for Light Upholstery #LoveYourThings

#Scotchgard Repels Liquids #LoveYourThings

I used Scotchgard Fabric and Upholstery Protector starting with the front of each chair and moving my way towards the backs with a single can. Come over and spill all over my things! They have magic forcefields now. Or at least it seems like they do.

Protecting Upholstery with #Scotchgard #LoveYourThings

How to Protect Light Upholstery with #Scotchgard #LoveYourThings

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I am a compensated Scotchgard Brand-sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

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  • alisa
    January 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

    ok (lets try this again- wordpress wasn’t letting me comment)

    1) is #2 a good depiction of how it will look before it dries?
    2) can I use this on ultrasuede?

    • Making it Lovely
      January 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Oh, strange! Glad the comment came through time time.

      1. All of the photos, except for the one where I’m actually spraying the chair, are after the chairs had dried. It doesn’t take long — two light coats are better than one heavy one, so the chairs weren’t soaking wet or anything.

      2. Yes! There’s a special one for suede though. I used it on my Kate Spade owl purse.

  • Amy
    January 27, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Doesn’t the toxicity of this product concern you? The history alone is enough to make me stay far away from this company, particularly in a house with kids and animals.


  • Lisa
    January 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I love Scotchgard! I think it has a rep for be old, like something your great-grandma would use. But I use it on everything. Canvas shoes, purses, furniture, pillow covers, etc.

  • Susan
    January 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I’m a big fan of your blog, but would never use a product like Scotchguard in my home. Maybe choose darker colours if you’re worried about stains, rather than spray a toxic chemical in your home.

  • Nicole
    January 27, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    How far does one can go? Did you use a whole can on your chairs?

  • Grace
    January 27, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Second on the toxicity concern. A good (but lengthy) article on how products like this one are terrible for the environment:


  • Amanda @ life on linton
    January 28, 2016 at 3:21 am

    I used Scotchguard on several table runners and on my bench cushion in my dining area. It seems to do well with liquid stains, but what about others? I have had trouble with flower pollen and sauces! Appreciate your insights :)
    XO, Amanda @ life on linton

  • Sara
    January 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I usually enjoy your posts, but I can’t imagine spraying Scotchguard in a home with small children. As an environmental attorney, I’m too aware of the potentially serious health consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals (especially in small children). Maybe you thoroughly researched Scotchguard and came to the conclusion that you are comfortable exposing your children to the product. But I certainly wouldn’t use something like that around my kids.

  • Elina
    January 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Love the chairs! Would you mind letting me know where you found them? Thanks!!

  • Brittany
    October 9, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    With the black wall color, did you use and eggshell finish or a matte finish?