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Carpet and Your Health

Many of the flooring staff at Tri County Floors have been in the flooring business for over 20 years and, therefore, have been exposed to flooring products for the same time.  We, like you, are concerned about our health and that of our families and so have followed very closely the debate concerning carpeting and its emissions.

A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is important becauswe we spend more time indoors than ever before. Indoor air typically contains pollutants including chemicals called Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s). They originate from a variety of sources such as building materials, cooking, heating systems, furnishings, cleaning, etc.  Fortunately, they are typically found in extremely small quantities; usually parts-per-billion.  The vast majority of VOC’s are not harmful at the extremely low levels commonly found in homes.  Some VOC’s are responsible for many of the the things we find pleasant: the fragrance of a rose, the smell of a juicy steak, perfume, etc.

A few individuals have attributed adverse health effects to exposure to chemicals from new carpet.  The reported symptoms range from mild irritation to the controversial diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), recently renamed by the World Health Organization to Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI).  No evidence based on credible science and medicine has linked health effects to VOC’s from new carpet.

IAQ publicity was stepped up in 1988 when carpet received attention during renovations in the headquarters building of the US Environmental Protection Agency.  A few employees reported symptoms typical of those common in problem building situations such as eye and respiratory irritation, headache, nausea, lethargy and fatigue.  They blamed a specific chemical, 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PC), which is responsible for carpet’s characteristic odor.  Considerable research since 1988 has shown this allegation to be unfounded.

The media ignored the fact that the building had a long history of indoor air quality problems and employee complaints. Subsequent studies by the EPA scientists and independent researchers showed the problems were caused by extremely poor ventilation, heavy infestation of fungi on many surfaces and heavy accumulation of dirt and fungi in the air handling system due to poor maintenance.  Carpet’s only role was that its odor provided a focal point.  This was a classic case of a building with IAQ problems.

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.