The 5 best fabric protectors to safeguard everything from outdoor furniture to shoes

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  • Fabric protectors are saviors when it comes to accidental spills, stains, and even harmful UV rays.
  • We found options for a range of needs, including indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, shoes, and more.

It’s easy to fumble your food or spill a drink and stain that pristine rug or couch. Similarly, walking through mud or in an unexpected downpour can ruin new shoes fast. But with fabric protectors, you don’t have to throw your hands up in defeat. Instead, be proactive and protect your belongings before accidents even occur.

In general, fabric protectors are meant to prevent spills from quickly absorbing into materials. Some heavy-duty fabric protectors can even shield your outdoor furniture, clothing, and gear from the elements, while others are specifically designed with shoes and tricky materials like suede and leather in mind.

Here are the best fabric protectors

Best fabric protector overall

Scotchguard Fabric Water Shield
This fabric protector even works on dry clean-only fabrics like silk and wool.

With the ability to save your furniture and clothing from water-based spills, Scotchguard Fabric Water Shield is a versatile option for indoor use.

What we like: Dries clear and odorless, repels water-based spills, can be used on many interior surfaces, can also be used on clothing and shoes 

This fabric protector from Scotchguard takes rank because it can be sprayed on a wide range of surfaces. You can use it on upholstery, curtains, pillows, backpacks, luggage, and even shirts, dresses, suits, outerwear, and canvas shoes. 

But you should note that this product is for indoor use only and isn’t heavy-duty enough to protect outdoor furniture. Just one 13.5-ounce can cover an average-sized couch, two chairs, or five jackets. And if you’re worried about how it applies, the fabric protector dries clear and odorless. All you have to do is spray from six inches away and let it dry. For the best results, be sure to reapply after each time you wash the fabric. 

Best fabric protector for outdoor furniture

Bayes High Performance Fabric Protectant Spray
This option comes in a recyclable, non-aerosol spray bottle.

 The Bayes High-Performance Fabric Protectant Spray can cover all of your outdoor furniture needs thanks to its UV defense and protection against both water- and oil-based spills.

What we like: Outdoor and indoor use, UV protection, water- and oil-based stain protection

When looking for a fabric protector suitable for your outdoor furniture, you should first and foremost check for UV defense. This protector’s formula utilizes a multi-action polymer that essentially functions as a sunscreen for your fabric. This layer of “fabric sunscreen” ensures your fabric doesn’t fade or change color as a result of inevitable sun exposure. Of course, it also protects against spills and repels both water and oil-based stains. Plus, it also works on indoor furniture if you want an option that can pull double duty.

The 24-ounce bottle works on about 120 to 150 square feet of fabric coverage. For application, spray on clean, dry fabric and let it dry for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the temperature.

Best fabric protector for carpets and rugs

TriNova Non Aerosol Stain Guard lead
You can also spritz this fabric protector inside of your car.

TriNova Stain Guard Premium Fabric Protection protects carpets and rugs for 35 to 40 days per application and makes wiping up spills a breeze. 

What we like: Dries clear and odorless, works on carpets and rugs, don’t have to reapply too often

Finding a high-quality fabric protector that also works on carpets and rugs can be a challenge, but this one from TriNova makes it easy. Drying clear and odorless, you can mist this water-based formula on carpets and rugs of all materials, as well as upholstery, curtains, and more. The only kind of carpet this product does not go well with is ones made of olefin, and you should not use this fabric protector on vinyl, plastic, rubber, or finished leather either.

Reviewers praise this product for enabling them to instantly and easily wipe away spills, dirt, and mud. Like most of its counterparts, you should clean and dry the fabric before use. Unlike others of its kind, you should also let the surface cure for 24 hours before applying the product. 

One important thing to note is that this is not a water-proofing product, but instead works to repel spills to make cleaning your fabrics easier. That means, if you spill a liquid on your furniture, you should still wipe the surface immediately. 

Best heavy-duty fabric protector

Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield Lead Image
You can even apply this fabric protector to canvas tarps and boat covers.

If you spend a lot of time outside or in harsh weather conditions, the Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield gives your clothes and outdoor gear a longer shelf life. 

What we like: Endures weather, works on outdoor materials, reapply seasonally 

Whether you’re heading out into the backwoods or you expect your patio furniture to face serious downpours, consider this heavy-duty fabric protector. You may be wondering how this heavy-duty fabric protector differs from one that’s meant for outdoor furniture. The distinction is that this heavy-duty one is formulated to keep your clothes and outdoor gear drier for longer. An improved formula builds an even more durable water barrier.

Spritz this on heavy outerwear, rain gear, umbrellas, patio furniture, outdoor gear, backpacks, luggage, canvas tarps, boat covers, and more. It also works on a wide range of materials, including polyester, nylon, polypropylene, cotton, leather, and suede. 

Drying clear and odorless, one can covers 60 square feet of light nylon or 20 square feet on heavier fabrics. For even more protection from the elements, you can apply a second coat. Just make sure to allow for the recommended two to six hours of drying time.

Best fabric protector for shoes

Cadillac Shield Water and Stain
You only have to wait 30 minutes for the product to dry.

The Cadillac Shield Water and Stain Protector Spray helps repel liquids and stains from shoes without accidentally darkening colors. 

What we like: Specifically great for shoes, can be applied to various surfaces, won’t darken colors, short drying period

There are several fabric protectors that are suitable for shoes, but this one from Cadillac guarantees it will waterproof your shoes. Although it does also work on other surfaces and materials, it’s best for protecting suede, nubuck, leather, nylon, polyester, canvas, and synthetic fabrics. You can spritz this on all colors without fear of accidentally darkening them, and it also protects seams and leather soles.

Aside from defending your shoes against rain, puddles, and other water damage, it also repels dirt, grass, oils. To get the most out of this fabric protector, you’ll want to apply it regularly on dry and clean fabrics. There’s only a 30-minute drying period, and then you repeat the process for a quick one-hour application process. Bear in mind that this fabric protector is not compatible with patent leather or vinyls. 

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