Introducing the next generation of carpet (Continued)

SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona®. It’s just better.

Better for the Environment

Future sustainability of Mohawk’s natural resources is largely dependent on how they are managed today. For that reason, they believe eco-initiatives make great business sense: they work to benefit everyone. Mohawk continues its progressive thinking and service to our community through ongoing Mohawk GreenWorks projects.

SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® keeps the environment beautiful, both inside your home and out. Through an exclusive partnership with DuPont, SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer is made using up to 37% renewable resources. Every seven yards used in a home saves enough energy and resources to equal one gallon of gas– a total savings of up to 10 million gallons in a year. You enjoy the comfort of a great carpet and of knowing you’ve played a role in preserving the environment, helping to reduce our dependence on oil.

Better stain protection, durability and softness. Better for the environment. With SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona®, you’ll enjoy the choice that fits your life and takes the everyday fears out of owning carpet.

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Introducing the next generation of carpet (Continued)

SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona®. It’s just better.

Better Durability

Unlike most carpet fibers built with a straight up-and-down molecular design, SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® offers crush resistance and appearance  retention due to the unique ‘spring-like’ molecular structure of the polymer that ensures your carpet always bounces back.

To make Sorona® long-lasting, DuPont went all the way down to the molecular  level. The durability of SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® is built into its very DNA: the polymer features a unique, spring-like molecule that helps the carpet bounce back for better crush resistance and resiliency. Each fiber has been wear-tested with 20,000 footsteps, equal to a year of normal wear (or approximately 43.5 slumber parties with your child and ten of his closest friends). Plus, Mohawk now offers an extended warranty on wear and texture retention.

Better Softness

SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® passes the “barefoot” test with flying colors. Thousands of customers praise its stylish look and soft feel— and appreciate the clean, healthy environment that comes with a carpet free of topical stain-fighting chemicals.

Say SO LONG to static. SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® features built-in static resistance and is backed by a leading lifetime static warranty ensuring lower static levels and higher comfort for years to come.

Introducing the next generation of carpet

You’ve always enjoyed the look and feel of carpet. But there’s a little voice inside that wonders whether it will hold up to everything life has to offer. The spills and the stains. The endless footsteps of kids. Not to mention marks left by heavy furniture when it’s time to rearrange.  That’s why Mohawk created SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer, the next generation of carpet fiber that delivers fashion without fear. Designed to fit the way you live, SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® combines better stain protection, better durability and better softness, all in one. It’s breakthrough innovation brought to you by Mohawk and DuPont, the trusted names in carpet and fiber for more than a century. Now, instead of worrying about your carpet, you can walk all over it— with a glass of red wine in hand. After all, it’s SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona®. And it’s just better.

Better Stain Resistance

Unlike most carpets treated with topical stain guards, SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® features breakthrough stain protection built into every individual fiber. This permanent built-in resistance stands up to tough stains like mustard, hot coffee and red wine— even undiscovered stains that have set in for days. With Mohawk’s Floorcare Essentials™ or hot water and a mild detergent, most spills and soil spots come out with ease. SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona’s® built-in stain protection will never walk or wear off, giving you the peace of mind that comes with Mohawk’s leading Lifetime Warranty.

SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® fibers provide permanently engineered-in protection throughout the entire core of the fiber. The leading nylon brands contain topically applied protection that is only on the surface, allowing it to wash off with routine cleaning or wear off with normal use.

Carpet Yarns and Fibers (continued)

Of the three most popular yarns Olefin is the least expensive to produce and can represent and excellent flooring value.  The dyeing process of olefin occurs while it is still in a liquid state, before it is extruded into filaments.  This means that the color saturates each filament giving it superb stain resistance and is very easy to clean.  Olefin is very resistant to alkali, solvents and acids and is fade resistant to the sun.

Olefin does not have the resilience or the ability to bounce back of other yarns and will mat or pack more quickly. Olefin is mostly used in level loop or very short tight commercial carpets where the loop structure and density of the yarn construction help offset matting.  The loop provides strength to the yarn and with its built in stain resistance and price make it a great value for an active family.

Polyester yarns are our next category. Polyester yarn can be dyed before the extrusion process, like olefin, or after the extrusion process.  If the yarn is dyed after the extrusion process the filaments are only coated with dye and it does not run through the body.  This dye process may not provide the same quality of stain and soil resistance as the prior dye process.  Polyester yarn has increased resilience over olefin and is used in Saxony plushes and velvets.

Nylon is the third synthetic yarn and is very popular today. Nylon filaments are dyed after the extrusion process as well. Most spills, when cleaned up quickly, will have little effect on color.  Nylon yarns have superb resilience and resistance to abrasion and matting.  Nylon is similar to wool in its feel, softness and texture. These combined with excellent resilience makes a great yarn.

Carpet Yarns and Fibers

Natural Fibers

Any discussion of carpet fibers would be incomplete if it did not begin with wool.  Wool has a warmth and durability that all other fibers try to imitate. As a natural fiber wool absorbs dyes well, which gives it excellent color retention and good stain resistance when spills are treated promptly.  Wool’s overlapping scale construction allows the fibers in the yarn to interlock giving wool carpets excellent crush resistance and resilience, maintaining its style and texture for many years.

Unfortunately, because of the extensive labor required to harvest and prepare for use, wool is quite expensive when compared to other fibers.  While not equaled, the developing technology of synthetic fibers has produced some excellent carpet yarns.

Synthetic Yarn

Today there are three carpet fibers that dominate the carpeting market: Polyester, Nylon and Olefin or polypropylenes.  Stay tuned for our next blog, we will be introducing the next generation of carpet which is storming the market.  Before we begin our discussion about the individual yarns lets consider how they are produced.

All synthetic yarns are manufactured from oil and its byproducts. While the individual processes vary, at some point they all end u as a liquid that is forced, or extruded, through tiny holes or injectors and cooled into a long strand, or filament.  These filaments are then twisted together to create yarn.  Yarn manufactured in this manner is called continuous filament because each filament of the yarn runs its entire length.  If a velvet look is desired in a finished carpet, the individual strands of the yarn may be cut into short lengths, between two and six inches, then twisted together to create what is called a staple yarn. After the yarn filaments have been twisted together they are heated almost to the melting point in a process called “heat setting.”  This process sets the twist of the yarn creating a coil-spring effect which holds the yarn filaments together and allows the yarn to spring back to its original shape after being stepped on.  This spring back capability gives a yarn its resilience.

A carpet manufactured with a continuous filament heat-set yarn will give its owner a long wearing, very resilient floor which will not fuzz or pill, although it will not have the softness or velvet look of a staple.  Many heavy plushes are made of staple yarns and are soft and velvety, but can fuzz of pill.  The amount of fuzzing of pilling is dependent upon the length of the yarn filaments and the quality of the heat-setting process.

Carpet Construction and Texture

Like most fabrics early carpets or rugs were woven from natural materials such as wool and cotton. While Durable these carpets were expensive, out of the reach of the average person.  The invention of the tufting machine made the production of wall-to-wall carpets a reality and made carpeting affordable.

Today tufted carpets consist of yarns “tufted” of pushed through a “primary layer” of polypropylene fabric.  Latex adhesive is then applied on the back of the yarn and a secondary layer is then adhered as backing.  The texture and style of the carpet now depends on the way the looped yarns are treated. In cut piles, plushes, saxonies, and velvets the loops of yarn are cut in the process called shearing. In others, the loops are left or only some are cut or sheared. The four most common styles are described below.

SAXONY PLUSHES: use yarns of two or more ply twisted together and heat-set to lock in “twist” so each tuft is visible in the surface. Saxony plushes work well in most areas of the home and are breat for less formal rooms such as family rooms or dens but they will show footprints more easily than a textured carpet.

LOOP PILE CARPETS: In a loop pile the yarn forms a lop with both ends anchored into the carpet back.  Loops are either of equal height and uncut creating a smooth level surface or uneven creating a textured surface. Most “berber” carpets are loop pile.  Loop carpets resist crushing and matting but are limited in style and selection. With the exception of “berber” style carpets, loops are most commonly found in commercial applications.

CUT AND LOOP PILE:  is a combination of cut and looped yarns that create a variety of textures including sculptured effects. Carpets constructed in this manner are used where texture is desired and where traffic may be heavy such as in family and play rooms.

CUT PILE VELVETS AND PLUSHES: Cut pile velvets have the top of the yarn cut leaving tow individual tufts. There is no twist in the year. This creates a luxurious level surface. Most automobile carpets are a velvet plush.

Carpet it Just Feels Better

Nothing brings a room to life like wall-to-wall carpet! it can create a whole new personality for you home. Carpet can make a small room seem larger, a large room feel cozy, or fill a dark room with light. And it not only looks pretty, it works hard for you too.

Carpet absorbs sound, it’s natural insulating qualities can reduce heating and air conditioning costs, and, of course, today’s ‘miracle fibers’ are designed to resist stains so clean up can be quick and easy.

There is almost no limit to the color and style combinations available in today’s modern carpets. Whatever your preferences there is carpet for you. But having such a variety of choices can be confusing. To assist you in making your choice we offer more information on the following topics:

Carpet Construction & Texture
Carpet Yarns & fibers
Carpet Stain Protection
Carpet & Your Health
Carpet Cleaning & Maintenance
Environmentally Friendly Carpet
Things you should know before the installer arrives

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