With so many colors, patterns, fibers and warranties, we understanding shopping for carpet can be quite overwhelming! When you visit our showroom our experienced design staff can guide you through the many options and direct you to the best products to fit all budgets. We’ve also put together the following list of terminology to help you better navigate this growing landscape.
We urge you to check out the websites of the following vendors to get an idea of available selections, and design tools that let you see their product in your home as inspiration.
Nylon is the most widely used carpet fiber, primarily due to it’s strength. It is a very durable fiber and holds up well to foot traffic and stains, making it a good choice for high-traffic areas. The strengths of nylon include good resiliency, good yarn memory to hold twist, good carpet cleaning efficacy, good stain resistance with stain treatment applied, good soil hiding ability, and good abrasion resistance. It is the strongest fiber, making it an excellent choice for the heavy traffic of an active household or commercial facility. It’s also the most durable of the synthetics. It is soil and mildew resistant and resilient, but is prone to static. Most nylon is treated with an anti-static treatment to reduce static.
Polyester generally has some of the most beautiful colorations available. It is extremely fade resistant and provides excellent resistance to stains but does have poor resilient properties and thus is susceptible to crushing. Polyester fabrics are generally sold in heavy face weights with high-density construction. Avoid high pile heights with low-density construction. These products tend to flatten and “ugly” out. Also look for high twist levels rather than “blown” yarns. Loose twists (blown yarn) tend to untwist and the yarn tips tend to fuse together creating a matted appearance. Most consumers like to dig their fingers into the carpet pile and if it provides a luxurious feel (hand) they believe this is excellent quality.
This traditional favorite offers a deep, rich look and feel. Wool remains the premier fiber in carpet construction, but its price is on the high end for most consumers. It has excellent resilience and durability, but can be quite expensive, often twice as much per yard as nylon. Other synthetic fibers have done an excellent job of duplicating the characteristics of wool, although none have replicated all of the attributes. Some benefits of wool include ease of cleaning, beautiful colors, and overall resiliency. Although easy to clean, special care should be taken to ensure moisture does not remain as the fiber is susceptible to shrinking and mold and mildew growth. Before selecting a wool carpet for your home or office, it is important to understand that the fiber tends to wear down or wear away, sometimes even causing bald spots in heavy traffic areas
Anso Nylon is available exclusively through Shaw Industries and is their premier carpet fiber. This nylon is sustainable, resilient, soil-resistant and tough. Anso Nylon products are also backed with SoftBac Platinum, a proprietary backing system that offers a no-wrinkle warranty.
Technology has taken carpet fiber one step further with Anso Caress nylon. Not only is it tough, it’s unbelievably soft. Silk-like softness has been married to the performance of Anso Caress nylon to produce a soft, elegant, and naturally touch product.
The flexible and wrinkle free carpet backing system. Not only is this backing system incredibly soft, it also protects against wrinkles and seam peaking. It also makes for stronger, less visible seams as well as higher sound absorption and increased insulation capacity. Softbac is especially beneficial for area rugs so as not to damage the floor beneath the rug with the standard rough carpet backing.
The softest Stainmaster carpet available. Stainmaster TruSoft Carpet is a great option for residential areas because it is made to resist most floor and beverage stains. It has LotusFX Fiber Shield which dramatically increases the cleanability of the carpet, meaning stains and soil can be easily cleaned. TruSoft Carpet is extremely durable, because it resists abrasive wear and is made to retain its original appearance.
Wear-Dated Soft Touch
Wear-Dated carpets are made with the highest quality nylon available for a refined, soft fiber. Every Wear-Dated carpet is performance tested for durability, colorfastness, and stain and soil resistance. All Wear-Dated products are protected with Scotchgard™ Protector Advanced Repel Technology, the most trusted name in stain and soil protection for over 50 years. In addition to lifetime anti-static coverage, Wear-Dated warranties include stain and soil protection, texture retention, and abrasive wear coverage.
Soil resistant technology for carpet. Utilizing unique, patent ed technology, each individual fiber is coated simultaneously with both the soil protector and stain blocker for advanced deep-down penetration from the tip to the backing. By surrounding each fiber, it provides and invisible shield against dirt and soil. From top to bottom it delivers deep-down protection and delivers superb repellency.
Introduced in 2005, SmartStrand® Forever Clean uses the most advanced fiber innovation to offer the highest level of beauty, comfort and performance available. Since its debut, SmartStrand has been quickly embraced by consumers
Why Elite Performance Carpet?
Engineered-In Stain Protection
Elite performance carpets feature a Lifetime Warrenty against stains. Unlike carpet with topical treatments that can wear away, SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® provides permanent stain protection.
Long Lasting Durability
With excellent resiliency and resistacne to abrasive wear, Elite Performance carpets constructed of SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® and perfect for active homes and backed with a 25 Year Wear Warranty.
The use of renewable resources for production helps reduce our dependence on petroleum and preserves the earth’s resources. SmartStrand® fiber is made from DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer, which contains 37% bio-based material made from corn.
R2X Stain & Soil Resistance System
Considered by some to be the industry’s most innovative carpet stain and soil repelling system and the product of years of research and testing. Going beyond conventional repellents that only protect the surface of the carpet, R2X carpets are armed with total fiber coverage, offering complete protection from the top to the bottom of the yarn. So not only does it provide better initial protection to spills and stains, but it also allows more time to react to the problem.