3 Most Important Elements of Good Carpet Technology

 3 Most Important Elements of Good Carpet Technology 

In recent years, carpet has been practically banished to the bedroom. But with technological advancements it’s a fantastic – and oftentimes more budget-friendly – option for living rooms, dens, playrooms … wherever you want to bring your family together in comfort. 

We’ve often heard the phrase “You get what you pay for.” And when it comes to flooring, you definitely get what you pay for. In this part of our flooring technology series, we’re going to look at the elements of good carpet technology. 

Good Carpet Technology Features You Should Consider 

1. Fibers 

Good carpet technology is most visible in the fiber characteristics. Most carpet is made of synthetic fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, polyester, and Triexta. Technical advancements in these fibers have been substantial over the years. 

The shape of each kind of fiber (seen only under a microscope) has been scientifically created to provide better performance, texture retention, and wear over time. This is especially true with nylon fibers (the most popular and best-performing carpet fiber). 

In fact, a quality-constructed nylon carpet will typically “ugly out” (go out of style) before it wears out. And you can keep it from uglying out by getting a timeless neutral shade. 

When looking for carpet, you want one that is well-made from a notable manufacturer. On the back of the carpet label, you'll find info such as the manufacturer, the warranties provided, and the type of stain and soil protection. This last bit of information is key to the lasting beauty and maintenance of your carpet. 

2. Stain and Soil Protection 

Stain and soil protection on carpet is a huge difference-maker. It's a must-have when you're looking at good carpet technology. 

We carry Shaw carpet – for good reason. Shaw takes stain and soil protection very seriously. You’ll find a wide selection of polyester, polypropylene, and nylon carpets with Shaw’s exclusive R2X Soil and Stain Protection. 

• R2X chemistry is applied to the entire carpet fiber – from top to bottom. This is unusual as most stain and soil protection chemistry is applied to the top of the carpet. 

• Normally, if a stain seeps beneath the surface, you’ve got a problem. Not so with R2X. Liquids stay on top of the carpet longer, giving you more time to react. 

• Spills that do reach the base of the yarn don't penetrate and wick back to the top as they do with conventional solutions. 

 

R2X has been called a "next generation" of good carpet technology and is as much of an innovation today as the first carpet stain and soil treatments were decades ago. And Shaw provides warranty protection for additional peace of mind. 

3. Backing 

The backing makes a difference in the installation and long-term performance of the carpet. If you’ve seen wrinkled carpet, either the installation or backing is at fault. 

SoftBac Platinum backing from Shaw was introduced in 1997 and is still the most significant advancement in backing. Not only is it easier to install and softer on your baseboards and walls, it makes carpet feel even more comfortable regardless of the cushion underneath. 

This exclusive backing also comes with a no-wrinkle guarantee, provides greater backing adhesive strength, and provides higher sound absorption and an increase in insulation capacity. 

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Whether you’re looking for hardwood, carpet, laminate, tile, or vinyl flooring, the manufacturing that goes into each of these flooring options can be technologically advanced … or not. 

Because carpet is a well-used investment that needs to perform and look beautiful over time, make sure you get what you pay for by choosing Shaw carpet from McCullough's Flooring. 

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