Carpet adds beauty and style to any room. Today, there are thousands of colors to consider. It can be a neutral foundation or a focal point with bold colors and dramatic patterns and textures. So, where do you start? One of the first options to consider is what mood you want to create and how the room will be used. Are you looking for a formal style or casual?Does the room have high foot traffic? Let’s start with construction and texture because that affects how the carpet will appear. Texture refers to the surface appearance of the carpet. Texture is created by the size of the yarns, the twist of the yarns, and the surface structure of the finished carpet. Some textures create patterns. Well constructed carpet is important for durability. In fact, construction has as much or more influence on performance than the fibers or other materials that make up the carpet. Carpet can help you breathe easier. Misconceptions It’s a common misconception that carpet can adversely impact allergy and asthma sufferers. Recently, Shaw Industries commissioned a series of scientific studies that indicate that effectively cleaned carpet can reduce airborne allergens, making it a viable choice for families impacted by allergies and asthma.
Carpet and Indoor Air Quality
In a recent study it was shown that carpet trapped allergens to a greater extent than hardsurface floors, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air. Allergens trapped by carpet did not return to the carpet’s surface or the air, even when the carpet was disturbed by walking or other similar activities. Furthermore, effective carpet cleaning – such as vacuuming with a high efficiency filter and hot water extraction reduced both surface allergens and airborne particle counts, maintaining indoor air quality.
This independent series of studies was commissioned by Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading flooring provider, and conducted by Airmid Healthgroup limited, a leading biomedical research organization that conducts health-based research. The data were presented at the 2012 annual meetings of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
Studies were conducted by installing carpet in a stainless steel test chamber room. The room with the carpet was allowed to stabilize in the environment and then a known amount of dust containing allergens was introduced into the test chamber. Measurements were taken with very sophisticated electronic equipment that has the ability to quantify the amount and size of the particles in the air. After the introduction of the dust with allergens, the room was left with no disturbance for a period of time with measurements monitoring the time it took for the dust to “settle” out of the air. A person then disturbed the environment using the following methods: opening the door, sitting in a chair, walking around the room, and bouncing a ball. Measurements were taken during and after each disturbance.
For more information on the study and its findings, visit press.shawinc.com/Airmid/
Prior research in 2002, performed by Professional Testing Laboratory studied the effect of foot traffic on air quality, using commercial carpet and commercial hardsurface flooring. Following 16 minutes of foot traffic over both surfaces, the particulate concentration over the hardsurface flooring was found to be four times that of carpet.
Inner City Twist Carpet Flooring | Color: AgateOther studies, including one using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), have reinforced these findings and concluded that carpets actually reduce exposure to particulates and potential adverse health effects.
In a paper from 2008, “Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Realty,” Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph.D., DABT, examined numerous scientific studies and other research contradicting some long-held beliefs on carpet’s alleged negative characteristics.
Sauerhoff concluded, “…based on the available science, carpet does not cause asthma or allergies and does not increase the incidence or severity of asthma or allergies symptoms. In fact, with respect to asthma and allergies, multiple studies have reported fewer allergy and asthma symptoms associated with carpet.”
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You also should know about carpet fiber. Basically, all carpet starts with a fiber. There are four basic types of fiber and each of them has their own strength or benefit. Decide what’s important to you and your decision will be easy!
These four basic types of carpet fibers are: nylon, polypropylene, polyester and wool. There are also fibers known as Advanced Generation Nylon.
Nylon is the most popular carpet fiber and is preferred because of its strength. It has exceptional resilience and retains its texture well. Nylon carpet fiber is soft yet strong, shows color brilliantly, and cleans well. Advanced generation nylons offer the latest in fiber technology and a built in ability to conceal and resist soil and stains.
The use of polypropylene in carpet has grown dramatically over the past ten years due to the popularity of Berber style loop carpets. Polypropylene is extremely resistant to stains, fading, and moisture. Polypropylene, a value-oriented fiber, is also notably colorfast because it is solution dyed, which means the color is added during the fiber production and not dyed later. Because it’s so resistant to moisture and mildew, it’s generally a good choice for both outdoor and indoor areas including playrooms, kitchens and dens.
Appreciated for its versatility, polyesters popularity continues to grow. Polyester offers exceptional softness, making it ideal for thick, cut pile styles. Polyester is also naturally and permanently stain and fade resistant. It has excellent color clarity, color retention, strength, and abrasion resistance. Carpets made from polyester are easily cleaned and they resist water soluble stains.
Wool was the original fiber for carpet. Its the only natural fiber and is the most durable. Wool is a tough fiber that can take a beating without losing its strength. Dust, dirt, and oil-based stains come out easily because wool naturally releases the soil rather than absorbing it. In a high traffic room, it stays resilient and bounces back. It’s also environmentally friendly because it comes from a renewable resource. Because it is the most expensive carpet fiber, wool is generally used only in luxury carpets and area rugs.
Advanced Generation Nylons
These are fibers that have been specially treated with stain and soil resistant resins that were applied during the dyeing process. These advanced generation nylons are also called “branded fibers” because they have a specific brand name. We feature the following branded fibers:
Premier Stainmaster ®
Anso Caress Platinum
Infinity Nylon Carpet Fiber®
You’ll find carpet made with these branded fibers on our Alexander Smith and American Showcase displays in your Abbey showroom.
When you purchase a carpet made with any of these fibers, you’ll get a comprehensive warranty from the manufacturer. Ask your Abbey expert for more information about the performance and warranties on these branded fibers.
Level Loop Pile
Many carpets are constructed with a loop pile surface. Loop carpets are marked by a continuous uncut surface that resists crushing and matting. This style wears well and is suited for casual rooms with lots of traffic and activity.
Cut pile is probably the most popular construction. It’s durable because of the type of fiber used, the density of the tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn. Highly twisted yarn will hold its shape longer which makes it a smart choice for higher traffic areas.
Saxony is similar to velvet but it’s not quite as smooth. It has a soft texture that’s created by twisting fibers then uses heat to straighten the yarn. This style will show foot and vacuum marks. This is a good choice where you want a formal look in a room that has less traffic.
Friezé (pronounced free-zay)
Friezé has tightly twisted yarns giving it a contemporary look while making it a smart choice for any high traffic area of your home. This style is less likely to show vacuum marks or footprints than other cut pile styles.
Cut and loop carpet combines cut and uncut loops to create a pattern available in solid colors and multi colors. There are infinite numbers of unique geometric and overall patterns from which to choose. This style is suited for both formal and contemporary looks.
Berbers are usually made in a loop construction from thick bulky yarns. The term Berber actually refers to the flecks of color against a pale background. Berbers are available in not only loop style, but in other styles like shag, cables, and friezés.
Shags are back and more stylish than ever! The new shags combine a variety of yarn thickness and textures to make a trendy and bold statement in your home.