Carpet is one of my favorite parts of a house. When I enter a house with nice carpet, I have a strong desire to sit on the ﬂoor even if there are plenty of chairs. It's not just about comfort, though. Carpet color also plays a huge role in your home décor, and how your carpet is dyed is makes a difference in stain and wear protection.
Manufacturers dye carpet two ways: piece dyed and solution dyed. What's the diﬀerence? Piece dyed is when the already woven tufts (the hair-like bristles that make up your carpet) are run through a water and dye bath, dying the ﬁbers on the outside only. Solution dyed is when dye is mixed in with the very liquid chemical solution the yarn is made from (such as acrylic, nylon and polyester) before it’s put through the machine that makes it into thread. With the solution dyed method, the color goes all the way through each ﬁber that makes up the woven tufts of carpet. Think of it like this: piece dyed is like a vanilla ice cream pop dipped in chocolate--the chocolate is only on the outside. Solution dyed is like a fudgesicle--the chocolate is all the way through because it was mixed into the ice cream itself.
There are some serious beneﬁts to solution dyed carpet that you should consider. For starters, it's some of the most colorfast material in the industry, meaning that it’s almost impossible to fade or bleach the color out. So, if you have a living space that gets lots of natural light, you won't have to worry about it fading. Is your family bad about staining the carpet? Well, you can even use mild bleach solutions to clean your carpet and not worry about bleaching out the color. Because of its durability, solution dyed carpets often have a longer warranty as well.
If you want long-lasting color in your carpet with superior stain and wear protection, then solution dyed may be the right choice for your home.
If you have an active home with children or pets, you understand the struggle to keep your home, especially your floors, clean and in good condition. When considering new flooring, you may also be concerned about how safe your flooring will be for your family and pets. Let's take a look at some floor coverings that are all around child and pet-friendly.
When you have children, accidents happen. With rough-housing or running through the house, someone is bound to take a spill. Carpet is obviously an excellent choice for fall protection, but keeping carpet clean around children and pets can be a hassle. One trait that can help with this is choosing a carpet that is speckled, making it harder to see stains. Also, lighter neutrals like beiges and grays, rather than darker colors, will show more stains and spots.
If you’re looking for superior stain protection, an excellent carpet is Mohawk’s SmartStrand. SmartStrand Forever Clean has permanent, built-in “Nanoloc” stain and soil protection that won’t wear or wash off. It also features a zero percent moisture absorption rate to reduce odors and an exclusive All Pet Protection Warranty. SmartStrand is made from the only renewable carpet fiber, certified free of harmful substances, with exceptional durability and luxurious softness.
Dream Weaver also has a carpet line that is perfect for family homes. PureColor carpet features solution-dyed fiber, meaning the color penetrates all the way through the fibers so it won't fade, wear off, or stain. Dream Weaver’s PureColor also has built in soil and stain protection that is applied on the inside and outside of the fibers.
For hard surface flooring, many people are passing up wood for LVT or WPC products like COREtec from US Floors and SolidTech from Mohawk. While wood floors are often hard to maintain with pets and active families, this is no problem for LVT and WPC products. Wood and stone looks are available in a variety of shades and color patterns that are not only beautiful and realistic, but also very durable. They’re scratch and stain resistant and stand up to spills and moisture, allowing them to be installed in wet areas without any worry of damage. COREtec Plus has an attached cork backing that makes it quieter and warmer. SolidTech also has styles available with a premium urethane backing for sound, mold, and mildew resistance. With SolidTech’s “Uniclic MultiFit” technology, the floor planks lock together, creating a surface impenetrable by liquids, thus keeping moisture on the surface for easy cleanup.
Don’t let your lifestyle limit your flooring choices. With today’s advances in technology, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look and function you desire from your floors.