Sunday, September 25, 2011

Carpet Fibers - Part 1

Certain types of carpet fibers perform in different ways. Here is a breakdown of Nylon and PET Polyester carpet fibers and their characteristics:


  • Durable, resilient.
  • Abrasion-resistant.
  • Versatile in color.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Must be treated to be stain and soil resistant. 
  • Used in residential and commercial environments. 

PET Polyester

  • Color clarity.
  • Colorfastness.
  • Resistant to water-soluble stains.
  • Noted for luxurious "hand." 
  • Can be produced from recycled plastic bottles.
  • Used in residential and commercial environments. 
Stay tuned for more on carpet fibers next week and for more information on styles of carpet, visit our website!

Source: Mohawk 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Berber Carpet

Berber is one of the best selling types of carpet on the market today. It provides relatively easy cleanup and limits the appearance of footprints and vacuum tracks.

Before 1985, Berber carpet was constructed of nylon and was typically available in beige colors. These light colors tend to require more frequent cleaning, but the are easy to clean and age well. After 1986, when the DuPont StainMaster was added to Berber carpet, customs began buying light colors Berber carpet in droves, expecting that the StainMaster treatment meant the carpet was incapable of getting dirty. Just to keep the record straight, it never made that promise. It simply meant that cleanup of stains and dirt would be easier!

About the same time as the StainMaster was introduced, Berber carpet underwent a change of materials. Olefin fibers were introduced which added a whole new dynamic to Berber. The great characteristic of olefin is that is resists all stains, with the exception of oil-based stains. Once olefin Berber took over the market, nylon Berber became more difficult to find, which is still the case today.

One of the few difficulties with Berber carpet is the installation. It is typically difficult to match up patterns and seams, so you may end up with some mismatched areas around the room. And always order extra, just to be safe!

For more information Berber carpet, visit our website!

Source: CarpetBuyersHandbook

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cut and Loop Pile Carpet

Cut and loop pile combines cut and looped fibers to create a variety of textures that provide medium durability in regards to foot traffic and lifespan. You can find cut and loop pile in several solid or multicolored patterns that hide foot prints and dirt relatively well.

Multilevel Cut and Loop: This type of cut and loop was very popular for many years and typically formed a textured pattern with color randomly spread throughout the pattern. While this variation had limited appeal today, it can still be found if you look in the right places.

Level Cut and Loop Pile: This type of cut and loop had a leveled texture and has a more enhanced color effect than the multilevel cut. Level cut typically starts out as a multi-layered carpet and is then sheared to become level. The appearance provides a very attractive finish for any room.

For more information, contact us at Benchmark Contracting!

Source: CarpetBuyersHandbook

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Frieze Carpet

Frieze carpet is designed for high traffic areas and tends to curl in different directions to hide foot prints, stains, and vacuum marks, making it a great choice for a busy office or home. Likened to shag carpet, frieze resembles the texture of shag, but is not the true shag style as used in the past.

Frieze is available in several colors and patters but because of the nature of the texture, it doesn't come in extravagant designs. Typical frieze carpet is available in solid or flecked color patterns designed to hide the appearance of stains and wear and doesn't need to be vacuumed as often as saxony or velvet carpet.

While frieze carpet may be more expensive than other types of carpet, you do get a much longer lifespan out of it and your money will go a long way.

For more information on this and any other carpet type, contact us!