On the surface, carpet doesn’t seem to have changed much over the years. Sure, there are a few new styles and colors. But there’s only so much that can change, right?
Actually, beneath the surface, everything has changed. Carpet is more durable, resilient and healthy than ever. Here, we’ll take a quick look at the recent features and innovations that make modern carpet a top choice among flooring.
Waterproof Fibers and Backing
There was a time when any accidental spill meant stopping everything and engaging in a long, painstaking process of soaking and cleaning. Otherwise, the spill could soak through the carpet fibers, causing stains and possibly mildew growth in the subfloor.
These days, many carpet fibers are completely waterproof. Such treatments as R2X are designed to repel moisture, preventing any absorption into the material. So spills remain on the surface where they can be wiped away with ease.
Waterproof backing is also becoming a more common feature in modern carpet. Like the fibers, waterproof backing repels moisture, keeping it at the surface. Not only does this facilitate easier cleaning, it also helps protect the subfloor.
Microban® Antimicrobial Technology
Carpet is known for promoting bacteria. When allergens and spills become trapped under carpet fibers, they provide the perfect environment for microbial growth. This is why experts recommend professional carpet cleaning every 18 months.
Microban® is a unique technology that creates a hostile environment for bacteria. Although it still needs to be cleaned regularly, Microban® keeps unhealthy microbial growth at bay between cleanings. It’s the perfect carpet choice for homes with kids or pets.
Solution Dyed Fiber
Unfortunately, carpet color tends to fade over time. That’s because the dye is traditionally applied to fibers after manufacturing, so the color only covers the outside of each strand. Solution dyed fiber is actually manufactured with the color. In other words, the dye is blended into the fibers while they are still in liquid form. So, the color actually becomes part of the fibers rather than just masking them.
It doesn’t take much to ruin carpet. You just need one spill from the right beverage. At least, that’s how it was before the R2X treatment was developed. R2X is similar to the waterproof fibers we described; it surrounds the fibers with a barrier that repels stains. Spills remain on the surface rather than soaking into the fibers. So, they can also be wiped away with ease.
If you’re purchasing new floors, there are more reasons than ever to consider carpet. If you’re ready to make the right choice for your home, visit Hutchinson’s premier flooring experts at CarpetsPlus COLORTILE today!