The Evolution of Carpet for Green Buildings

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I have been down in the R&D departments of a couple of carpet mills and seen the latest in carpets. Carpet fibers are being created that reflect light better. These fibers have a whole new set of unique issues. The two most important issues are that if a bonnet system is used to clean the carpet the pattern of the carpet is messed up. This has always been the case to some extend but these new high luster fibers are particularly susceptible. Soapy residues can also have an affect on these yarns.

The commercial carpet manufacturers are becoming more and more adamant that no bonnets are used on their carpets. The statements being made by them areĀ even broader–the carpet mills want no rotary action at all on their carpets. I hope that some of my competitors get the message because they are ruining so many carpets. Its terrible.

Retailers will do almost anything to get a sale

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I had to inspect a carpet last week in an apartment. When I got there the carpet was rippled everywhere. The install had been down for three years and “restretched” three times. I ask the customer for the claim history and he starts yelling at me saying “look, look” and didn’t answer any of my questions. I decide to disengage the carpet and look underneath to look for evidence that the carpet had been properly stretched in the first place. Lo and behold I find the carpet is loosely laid over a laminate floor–no tackstrip , no underlayment. The customer screams again, this time statingĀ that the floor cost him $8K and no one was going to put holes in it to put tackstrip and underpad. Okay, so I can understand that the guy is the type who yells and screams until he gets what he wants—BUT WHY IS THE RETAILER ALLOWING IT, LET ALONE “RESTRETCHING IT” THREE TIMES. What has the carpet business come to? For those people reading this blogpost let it be known that carpet over underpad must be tacked down somehow AND it must be powerstretched 1-1.5% of both its length and its width. Otherwise the carpet will buckle.