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Carpet Performance

How is your carpet going to hold up over time? Choosing a dedicated and experienced installer like Corporate Floors, U.S.A. goes a long way to maximizing a carpet’s performance. Other factors that affect a carpet’s performance include:

How your carpet was made
Where your carpet will be used?
How your carpet will be maintained?

How is your carpet made

Durable carpets stand up to tough use, and keeping looking like new longer. Carpet durability depends on how the carpet was made. Durability is based on three factors:

  1. The fiber type used
  2. The carpet twist
  3. The density of the carpet

The fiber type used

There are four main types of carpet fiber:

  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Olefin (polypropylene)
  • Blended

Nylon, because it can take abrasion and resists being crushed, is usually the most durable. Polyester, olefin and blended carpet fibers are relatively less durable. The durability of blended carpets will vary, depending on the types of fibers combined. Other fibers used include acrylic, wool, and cotton.

The degree to which a fiber resists stains and soils is also an important consideration. Some fibers resist staining naturally, while others are chemically treated to resist them. Each fiber has its own advantages. Some fibers offer very low resiliency and are only effective when manufactured in high-density loop pile constructions to better resist crushing. Other fibers are quick to absorb oily substances, including body oils, and are best when not installed in areas subject to oily contaminants. Because there is no perfect fiber for every application, the requirements of your carpet must be considered before choosing a fiber. Corporate Floors U.S.A. will help you discern which carpet is best for your requirements.

The U.S. carpet industry relies on synthetic fibers for the vast majority of carpets. The selection of the fiber material is driven by quality and performance needs.

  • Polyester won’t stain, fade or suffer abrasion easily. It is easy to clean.
  • Olefin (polypropylene) is colorfast and resists moisture, mildew in and stains, making it ideal for indoor/outdoor use.
  • Nylon provides excellent durability, resistance to abrasion and retention of texture. It is usually chemically treated during manufacturing, adding good resistance to staining.

To further enhance the performance of carpets, there are treatment options that can help the fiber from pulling out or prevent fading.

The Carpet Twist

Carpet twist is defined as the number of times the carpet fiber is twisted per inch. The higher the number, the tighter the twist will be, generally resulting in longer wear for the carpet.

The Density of the Carpet

Each square yard of carpet contains a certain number of individual tufts. A tuft is a looped or cut end on the surface of the carpet. How closely together the fibers get placed or how tightly the fibers are packed impacts density. The more tufts per square yard of carpet, the more fiber is in place in each yard, resulting in a higher density number. Higher density numbers tend to be more durable and cost more.

Carpets with a higher fiber density:

  • Are tougher
  • Work better in high-traffic situations
  • Won’t be as likely to crush
  • Resist dirt

Creating a barrier to help prevent the penetration of dirt, grime and liquids into the carpet is highly desirable. The higher the density of the carpeting, the more tightly packed are the fibers, keeping dirt, grime and liquids on the surface for easy cleaning. If dirt and stains penetrate more deeply, the carpet will suffer more damage and be more difficult to clean.

Carpet backing

Backing is important to help carpet hold its shape and for protection. Backing comes in different styles and usually has two layers, a primary one and a secondary one.

Primary backing is the main material that the carpet fibers are woven through. This is the layer that provides structure for the fibers.

Secondary backing gives the carpet additional support, and helps to insulate it from contaminants seeping up from the floor below.

Regardless of the carpet’s material, twist, density or backing, proper maintenance is absolutely essential for quality performance over time. Corporate Floors, U.S.A. can instruct you on the proper maintenance of your carpet, and will be happy to provide a maintenance program. Ask for a complimentary quote.


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