How to Remove Scotchguard

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Be careful not to spray wooden portions of your furniture with Scotchgard.

Scotchgard Protector is used to deter stains on fabrics. It can be applied to such fabrics as cotton, wool, polyester and nylon. 3M says avoid spraying Scotchgard on suede, plastic, vinyl or wood. If you accidentally spray Scotchgard on wood portions of your furniture, you can take several steps to remove the stain. If you are not able to quickly get rid of the stain, you can treat it like removing paraffin wax from wood, as the protector is paraffin-based.


Step 1

Wipe Scotchgard immediately off the wood with a dry cloth or paper towel if you have just applied the spray.

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Step 2

Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a dry cloth or paper towel if the stain has already dried. Gently wipe the stain. If the stain has penetrated grooves in the wood, this may not be effective.


Step 3

Place a bag of ice cubes on top of the stain if it was not successfully removed. Leave the ice on top of the stain for five to 10 minutes. This will harden the paraffin-like substance. Gently remove the hardened stain with a Popsicle stick or dull knife. Be careful not to scrape the wooden surface.

Step 4

Melt the wax that has penetrated the grooves of the wood by holding a hair dryer blowing hot air over the surface for several minutes. This will melt the stain. Dab the liquid with a dry cloth to remove the stain.


Step 5

Use an iron as a last resort. Place a paper bag over the Scotchgard stain and wait for the iron to heat up. Place the iron on top of the paper bag for 10 seconds. Remove the iron and lift up the paper bag to see if any Scotchgard stuck to the bag. Apply a clean portion of the paper bag if you need to apply the iron again.



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