Carpet is still the flooring of choice for many American homeowners where warmth and comfort are a priority in their decorating. Choosing the right color and style with confidence is easier if you have a basic understanding of today’s carpet fashions and how they apply to your personal tastes and lifestyle.
Low-luster yarns will show fewer footprints, while high luster, shiny yarns show more highlights and accents. To minimize maintenance light colors are best when restricted to low traffic areas such as dining rooms, formal living rooms and guest bedrooms. Carpets with higher twist levels will hold their like-new appearance longer, even in traffic areas.
Triexta was invented by DuPont, the same company responsible for the invention of nylon fiber. Triexta is currently produced exclusively by DuPont under the brand name Sorona, so you may hear the names triexta and Sorona used interchangeably.
Mohawk Industries is currently the biggest manufacturer to use Sorona triexta in carpet, and it markets the fiber under its brand name SmartStrand. Godfrey Hirst, a much smaller manufacturer based out of Australia, also uses Sorona in its eco+ collection.
The full technical name for triexta is polytrimethylene terephthalate or PTT for short.
In 2009, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officially recognized triexta as a new generic name for PTT, a subclass of polyester.
Basically, that means that the chemical structure of the two fibers is similar enough that triexta could not become an entirely new classification of fiber (in the way that polyester or nylon is), but that PTT and PET are different enough that PTT could not simply be lumped in with PET.
There are several reasons why triexta stands out from polyester:
Nylon is the most popular fiber type in the residential carpet industry today. It has a solid reputation of being durable and relatively easy to maintain. There are many features of nylon that make it an ideal choice for carpet fiber:
Polyester remains a popular choice in carpet fiber due to its lustrous appearance, high level of stain resistance, eco-friendly properties, and low cost.
There are several characteristics of polyester that make it a suitable choice for carpeting:
The terms olefin and polypropylene are typically used interchangeably, as they both mean the same thing. Characteristics of this yarn are different from other synthetic yarns used in carpeting:
Wool is the most commonly used natural fiber in carpeting. Wool definitely has its own niche in the marketplace and continues to be a sought-after fiber option and has several key differences when compared to synthetics.
Color is always first on our minds when it comes to choosing a floor. Consider how you want the carpet to coordinate with your interior. Do you want the carpet to be the focal point or blend with your interior?
High Traffic areas, such as hallways and entry ways require durable carpets made of resilient fibers engineered to resist wear abrasion, crushing and matting. Other areas, such as bedrooms and family rooms may have high traffic areas as well. Take a moment to inspect the carpet you are replacing before it is removed to identify high traffic areas in your home.
The performance and quality of a carpet is directly related to the amount and quality of fiber that goes into the pile. The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will perform. Thin, less dense carpet will lose its surface appearance faster. It is best to buy the highest quality carpet and cushion that you can afford.
The most common fibers used in carpet today are nylon, olefin, polyester and natural fibers such as wool or sisal. The inherent characteristics found in each of these fibers helps determine their use and color offering. Premium, nylon soft fibers are extremely popular and offer superior soil-hiding characteristics, comfort, durability and brilliant color palettes.
With soil-resistant treated carpets you no longer have to be afraid of choosing a lighter, more vibrant color to enhance your decor. Mohawk’s Forever Clean provides the ultimate protection foryour carpet for when those inevitable accidents or spills occur.
Most residential carpets offer some type of stain resistance. Those who enjoy entertaining or who have children and pets should consider carpets with the highest levels of stain resistance such as Mohawk’s SmartStrand.
Carpet construction varies from loops, cut piles to patterns which produce different degrees of texture, appearance and durability. Each type of construction is designed to meet the diverse lifestyles of today’s families.
Carpets last longer and perform better when the proper Padding is used underneath. Although carpet Padding is often thought of as an add-on it is an integral part of the carpet system. See Mohawk’s Carpet Cushion for more detailed information.