With cold weather soon upon us, it may be wise to be as vigilant as possible when cleaning the office and Scotchgard—a trademarked professional product line of stain repellant—is just one more tool to be used in your arsenal.If you are not sure if using this popular product is needed, let us show your five benefits to using Scotchgard™ and tell you why if you’re opting out, you’re missing out!Scotchgard™ Benefit #1: Durability and ProtectionUsing Scotchgard™ lengthens the life of your upholstery, rugs, furniture and carpets, especially in high-traffic areas. It adds a layer of protection against dirt, water damage, mold, bacteria, and oil and water-based stains. Scotchgard™ can also be used on hard surfaces like stone, tile and grout, concrete garage floors, and kitchen and bathroom floors.Scotchgard™ Benefit #2: Easier CleanupEven professional cleaning companies can use a little help where they can. Applying Scotchgard™to your carpets and furniture will help release more stains when having carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned by allowing spills to blot before staining. It helps carpet fibers resist soiling. It will even make vacuuming more effective!Scotchgard™ Benefit #3: Improves Indoor Air QualityScotchgard™ adds an extra layer of protection of clean to dirty carpets, rugs and furniture. Using improper cleaning products or methods can significantly compromised indoor air quality—making it even worse than outside.Scotchgard™ Benefit #4: You Can Do It YourselfScotchgard™ is also easy to use by yourself. We recommend using this product if you are between professional cleanings and want to apply Scotchgard™ to your furniture yourself. This product is intended for upholstered furniture only – do not use this product on carpets.DIY Scotchgard™ FurnitureVacuum and clean your furniture.Allow furniture to dry.Cover surrounding areas to avoid overspray.Sit furniture on a drop cloth or garbage bags.Prepare to use the Scotchgard™ protector by putting on rubber gloves and a face mask to prevent inhalation and protect your skin. Never apply Scotchgard™around children or pets.Shake the can well, then apply thoroughly, holding the can in an upright position 6 inches away from the furniture.Allow time to dry.Spray your furniture with a second coat.Appropriate drying time will be between 8-12 hours.Scotchgard™ Benefit #5: Cost-EffectiveWe recommend applying Scotchgard™ at least once a year. Doing so in the long-run will save you money in professional cleaning. Schedule regular professional cleaning for your entire office and opt for Scotchgard™ protection for your carpets, floors and furniture. Contact your Woodard Account Manager to set up a personalized cleaning consultation.Your carpet and furniture is one of the largest investments that you will make in your home or office—and for what you’re getting, Scotchgard™ is well worth it!Want More? Subscribe to our Blog, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for awesome tips on everything from cleaning and organization tips to property management and building maintenance and DIY projects!