Fabric and carpet protection products have been utilised for decades now and have been commonly applied to carpets at the factory before being sold to customers. In many developed countries stain and soil resistance treatments are routinely applied to both residential and commercial clients carpets after annual cleaning.
Over the years, these formulations have changed quite a bit to provide both better performance and to improve their safety profile for people and the environment.
The suspension (carrier) agents commonly used in the past have been replaced with better components to make them safer, non VOC and non-allergenic.
The manner in which Fluorochemicals are manufactured have changed with the industry adopting methods which are safer and eliminating methods which were shown to persist too long in the environment. Today’s Fluorochemicals are biodegradable.
Many manufacturers have switched from using petro chemicals in their suspension agents and replaced them with aqueous [water based] formulations.