If only…Luke hadn’t dribbled soup on his tie before the interview. Emma hadn’t muddied her shoes on her way to meet the new fellow’s parents. Brad’s fast-food ketchup hadn’t settled into his car’s passenger seat (and then his date’s coat). Their days would have gone so much better if only they had treated the tie, shoes and upholstery with DetraPel Leather and Fabric Protectant.

DetraPel is a unique spray that repels liquids using nanotechnology (the science of controlling atoms and molecules). The spray keeps almost any surface dry, clean and impervious to stains—materials that include leather, suede, canvas and rubber; items that include shoes, clothes, furniture, carpets and sports equipment. It is long-lasting, non-toxic, EPA-compliant, biodegradable and non-flammable.

David Zamarin founded DetraPel in 2013. He was 16 years old and already had sold one successful start-up (LickYourSole). He seems to have been born to be an entrepreneur. As a child, his grandmother made popsicles that he sold to the neighborhood kids. A little later, he borrowed $100 from his father to buy electronic components, sold them online and parlayed the small investment into more than $5,000. Since there is no entrepreneur gene (that we know of), we look to the influence of his parents, industrious, determined-to-succeed European immigrants who modeled for David an Old World work ethic that remains an integral part of David and his approach to his business ventures.

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DetraPel started from a simple enough premise: David took pride in having clean, shiny shoes. Nothing on the market did even an almost adequate job. He set out to find a new formula and was inspired by the lotus flower. When rain falls on the lotus leaf, small beads form and roll right off rather than the water saturating the leaf, which is what any liquid usually does. With technology based on the chemical properties that make the lotus leaf completely water repellent, David and a chemical company well experienced in nanotechnology developed DetraPel, which, when sprayed onto a surface, changes the molecular make-up of a liquid and, therefore, the way it behaves. In other words, liquid coming into contact with a DetraPel-treated surface beads up and rolls off.

To date, David and this amazing stain repellent have been featured in local and national media outlets, including NBC network news, CBS Philly, Fox 29 Philly, HuffPost and the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Easy Application:
Brush dust/dirt from the surface of the item. From 6 inches away, spray on the first coat of DetraPel and wait 30 minutes. Apply a second coat and wait 24 hours. That’s all you need to do to protect your items for approximately a year. For maximum protection for leather products and non-porous surfaces, spray a thin layer on the item and immediately rub in with a sponge or lint-free cloth. Then proceed as described above for the first coat. Test a small discrete area before treating the whole item.

DetraPel is available in 2-ounce bottles that treat approximately 8 to 10 square feet (4 or 5 pairs of shoes). For wholesale amounts in 1-gallon jugs, 55-gallon drums, and 220-gallon pallets, you may contact the company via their website.

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Shark Tank Air Date: 1/7/18 – Season 9 – Episode 15

 
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