Carpet Features

Carpet features are either inherent properties within the carpet fibers or topically applied treatments that enhance the performance of the finished product. The most prominent features consumers are interested in tend to be soil resistance, stain resistance, durability, and resilience. However, manufacturers have managed to add a few other features that have, in recent years, added value to their products. Some of those properties are odor control, antimicrobial, antistatic, and sun fade resistance. The information provided is as declared by the manufacturers.

Feature page title Soil & Stain

Soil Resistance: The ability of carpet fibers to repel soil or, in other words, the ability to prevent soil from sticking to the fibers. The benefit of this feature is more efficient soil removal through vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning using steam cleaning extraction methods. “Soil” is considered to be solid particles. Since soil particles grate against carpet fibers and can work its way into the tufts, this feature is beneficial towards maintaining the textural integrity of the fibers.

Stain Resistance: The ability of carpet fibers to repel liquid and to prevent liquid from penetrating the fiber. A “stain” is considered to be something that permanently discolors the carpet and is caused by liquid spills. Items such as red wine, cleaning products, mustard, urine, and coffee are notorious for creating carpet stains.

Some soil and stain resistance products are built into the fiber and some are applied topically after the fibers are in their solid state. Superior soil and stain resistant properties are found in those products that have the resistance built into the fiber.

Note: Mohawk’s SmartStrand and SmartStrand Silk are manufactured using the same synthetic fiber called Triexta and is an exclusive fiber to Mohawk. SmartStrand was introduced first followed years later by the softer and more durable version called SmartStrand Silk. Both products have the identical soil resistance, stain resistance, antistatic, and fade resistance claims.


“No Stains, No Worries, No Kidding!

  • Permanent stain and soil protection is built directly into the fiber during manufacturing. It isn’t put on afterward with chemicals. It’s there for LIFE—it will NEVER wash off, walk off or wear off.
  • Need Proof? How about red wine? Mustard? Maybe soy sauce or hot coffee? These and other extra-stubborn stains—including Clearasil®, tea and red food coloring—come out easily with water and a mild detergent or Mohawk FloorCare™ Essentials. Guaranteed. SmartStrand actually resists hot coffee and red wine stains!
  • Less Dirt, Less Time, Less Maintenance
    • In recent third-party testing, SmartStrand resisted up to 50% more regular household soil than leading nylon carpets. Testers using identical methods to clean all carpets found SmartStrand carpets got up to 42% cleaner, leaving virtually no dirt and clearly reducing maintenance time. Homeowners agree with testers: more SmartStrand owners rated their carpets as dirt-resistant and easy to clean than buyers of other carpets.”

SmartStrand Silk with DuPont Sorona is the only premium soft carpet with built-in stain and soil protection that never wears or washes off.

  • The stain and soil protection on all other carpets is temporary and has to be reapplied when it wears or washes off.
  • In an independent study, nylon carpets lost on average nearly 50% of their stain and soil protection after just three steam cleanings. That’s why other carpets become difficult to keep clean over time. SmartStrand Silk eliminates this problem so you can enjoy 100% protection for life.
  • Resists the toughest carpet villains: Red Wine, Mustard, Bleach, Acne Medicine, & Pet Urine
  • Easy to clean with water or mild detergent.
  • Lifetime Stain Resistance Warranty

Lifetime Soil Resistance Warranty

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Only STAINMASTER® carpet uses LotusFX® Fiber Shield, a technology we created that makes our carpets resist stains and stay cleaner longer.All STAINMASTER® carpets feature lifetime* warranty protection against:

  • All food and beverage stains — no exclusions
  • Pet urine stains
  • Soiling

NOTE: Stainmaster is a carpet yarn manufactured by Invista. Stainmaster yarn is used by various carpet manufacturers including Mohawk, Beaulieu, Camelot, and Tuftex. After the carpet is manufactured with Stainmaster yarn, it is submitted for testing by Invista who sets the warranties on behalf of the manufacturer.

You’ll find Beaulieu solution-dyed carpet fiber used throughout all Bliss collections – many styles even carry our Lifetime Stain “No Exclusions” Warranty. Carpets covered by this have been specifically engineered to resist all permanent stains, without exceptions – including pet urine. The warranty does not cover the re-appearance of spots that have been previously cleaned. For more details, see the “Bliss SoftSense Solution Dyed Polyester Lifetime ‘No Exclusions’ Stain Warranty.”NOTE: Solution dyed indicates dye is added during the liquid phase of yarn manufacturing. This method of dying creates the added benefit of preventing liquid spills from penetrating the fiber. The other way to dye carpet is to topically apply dye to the solid yarn. The dye enters the yarn through tiny holes called dye sites. After the dying process, a topical soil and stain treatment is applied which can eventually wear off with use and professional carpet cleaning.

Considering the unavoidable certainty of an accidental spill on your carpet, it only makes sense to defend against it. Which is why we offer PermaShield advanced stain protection. Developed exclusively by Beaulieu® engineers, it ensures your carpet stands up to most common household spills and accidents and the stains they cause – making it a key component of your preventative maintenance for carpet strategy. This technology is available on select Bliss Flirtation™, Healthy Home® and Bliss for Kids™ carpet styles. With it, your carpets will look cleaner and newer, longer. Depending on the carpet you select, PermaShield carries residential stain resistance warranties of 5, 7, 10 or even 15 years. How blissful is that?Of course, there are some exclusions, and here they are: The warranty for PermaShield advanced stain protection excludes substances that contain strongly colored natural dyes, which include, but are not limited to hot coffee, herbal tea, mustard, substances that change or destroy dyes, such as bleaches, caustics, paints, plant food, medicines, skin care products containing benzoyl peroxide, perfumes, colognes, cosmetics, urine, feces, and vomit. Also excluded is carpet installed in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. See Beaulieu of America Carpet Care Guide & Warranty Information for more details.

Scotchgard Protector surrounds each individual fiber to protect the entire carpet, from the fiber tips clear through to the carpet backing, for total stain and soil protection.Scotchgard Protector Advanced Repel Technology gives you:Protection that keeps your floors looking newer, longerEasy cleanups because spills and stains stay on the surfaceTrusted protection from the leader in stain and soil protection for over 50 years*Mohawk features Scotchgard in their Wear-Dated®, EverStrand™, and PermaStrand™ carpet lines.*Select Bliss styles feature 3M Scotchgard Protector for Beaulieu carpets.
Scotchgard-logohttp://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/scotchgard.aspx Scotchgard Protector surrounds each individual fiber to protect the entire carpet, from the fiber tips clear through to the carpet backing, for total stain and soil protection.Scotchgard Protector Advanced Repel Technology gives you:Protection that keeps your floors looking newer, longerEasy cleanups because spills and stains stay on the surfaceTrusted protection from the leader in stain and soil protection for over 50 years*Mohawk features Scotchgard in their Wear-Dated®, EverStrand™, and PermaStrand™ carpet lines.*Select Bliss styles feature 3M Scotchgard Protector for Beaulieu carpets.

Feature page title Soil & Stain

Durability: Carpet durability depends on several factors, the most important are: fiber type, carpet backing, amount of twist in the yarn, and density. A durable carpet will have excellent fiber resilience, lasting structural integrity as provided by the backing, and retention of fiber twist.When it comes to density the style of carpet you prefer should be considered before contemplating this property as some styles are meant to have a loose and casual appearance which will affect density.A good starting point in carpet selection is determining the style you like and then comparingproducts within that style byconsidering the properties that contribute to durability. Be mindful that judging durability based on any one factor alone can be misleading. Consider all the facts, is it a superior fiber, but it lacks sufficient twist and appropriate density? Such a product will perform poorly. Furthermore, appropriate cushion and proper maintenance will increase the life of any carpet.

Resilience: The ability of the carpet to “bounce” back into shape after having been submitted to crushing forces such as foot traffic. Insufficient resilience will cause the pile to mat down in the high traffic areas.

Traditionally, nylon has been the go to fiber for lasting resilience while polyester carpet was chosen for its brilliant colors, softness, and color retention. However, carpet manufacturers have come a long way in beefing up both fibers.Triexta is the latest addition to the carpet fiber family and promises to be an excellent performer. The following is what each manufacturer has to say about the durability and resilience of their products.

 

Mohawk-logoManufactured by: Mohawkhttp://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/smartstrand.aspx DurabilityTough Enough For Kids, Pets, Rhinos and Elephants!If you simply selected your carpet based on looks alone, SmartStrand would be an obvious choice. But your home demands a carpet that is tough, resilient, and able to withstand the rigors of household action. Mohawk put SmartStrand through all kinds of foot traffic and durability tests. SmartStrand passed them all with no problem. Then we installed it in a rhino enclosure at the Birmingham Zoo for two straight weeks. After being cleaned, it looked good as new. So Mohawk went several steps further and carpeted the rhino, elephant and camel enclosures at the Dallas Zoo in SmartStrand. But again SmartStrand passed the test with flying colors. SmartStrand fiber is tough enough even for 50,000 POUNDS of constant animal pressure.* You can read more about this Ultimate Challenge at SmartStrandChallenge.com. What Makes SmartStrand So Durable?Think “Kink.” Each carpet strand has a unique “kinked” structure that bends easily and rebounds quickly to resist the crushing and matting that can happen with other carpets.
Smart-Strand-Silk

Manufactured by: Mohawk

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/smartstrand-silk.aspx

Remains Beautiful 3x Longer*This amazing performance boost means that SmartStrand Silk carpets remain beautiful three times longer compared to soft nylon carpets. In performance tests, SmartStrand Silk endured the equivalent of 60,000 footsteps before beginning to show recognizable traffic patterns.Extraordinarily Different CarpetThis breakthrough in soft carpet can only be achieved with SmartStrand Silk due to the “elastic recovery” naturally built into the fibers. This inherent bounceback means SmartStrand Silk resists and deflects crushing at a level of softness well beyond in polyester or nylon.*Based on independent hexapod wear testing of SmartStrand Silk with comparable soft nylon carpets.
wear-dated

Manufactured by: Mohawk

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/wear-dated.aspx

For over 30 years, Wear-Dated has represented uncompromising durability. Wear-Dated carpets are always created with 100% premium nylon, a high-performance fiber known for its incredible durability, its excellent stain- and fade-resistance, and its appearance retention.In simpler terms, this means Wear-Dated fiber has a higher resilience and a stronger fiber surface, so your new carpet is extra-strong, extra-durable, and better able to withstand active lifestyle challenges. And all Wear-Dated carpets feature Scotchgard™ Protector Advanced Repel Technology for added proven protection against stains and everyday soil buildup.
Stainmaster-carpet-logohttp://www.stainmaster.com/page/our-carpets/stainmaster-advantage Superior fiber technology and lasting durability:
STAINMASTER carpet uses a fiber superhero called nylon 6,6 in our Active Family™, TruSoft®, and SolarMax® carpet lines, making them stronger, more stain resistant and durable.Fibers that bounce back mean carpets that look newer longer, a whole lot longer in fact. So, whether you’re treating your STAINMASTER® carpet to heavy furniture or thousands of foot (and paw) prints, it will stand up brilliantly thanks to our nylon 6,6 fibers.*Camelot, Beaulieu, and Tuftex are among a variety of carpet manufacturers that use Stainmaster yarn to construct carpet. Just look for the Stainmaster logo if this is your preference.
ansolnylon

Manufactured by: Shaw

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Limited 20-Year Texture Retention WarrantyShaw warrants that this carpet will not exhibit significant twist loss or loss of texture from foot traffic for a period of twenty (20) years when used in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation.Shaw warrants that the surface pile of your Anso nylon carpet will not abrasively wear away by more than 10% in any area of the carpet for a period of twenty (20) years when used in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation.
ever-touch

Manufactured by: Shaw

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Shaw warrants that this carpet will not exhibit significant twist loss or loss of texture from foot traffic for a period of fifteen (15) years when used in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation.Shaw warrants that the surface pile of your EverTouch nylon carpet will not abrasively wear away by more than 10% in any area of the carpet for a period of fifteen (15) years when used in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation.
clear_touch

Manufactured by: Shaw

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Shaw warrants that this carpet will not exhibit significant twist loss or loss of texture from foot traffic for a period of ten (10) years when used in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation.Shaw warrants that the surface pile of your ClearTouch PET polyester carpet will not abrasively wear away by more than 10% in any area of the carpet for a period of ten (10) years when used in an owner-occupied residence in a proper indoor installation.
softsense

Manufactured by: Beaulieu

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/cleaning/preventative-maintenance.aspx

The super-soft sensation of Beaulieu SoftSense fiber for Bliss carpets could well be your dream come true for a wonderfully soft floor. This fiber was created for Bliss by a special Beaulieu® of America fiber extrusion process that results in incredibly supple polyester fibers, which are then densely packed together by for a carpet that’s satisfying and cushiony with a buttery-soft feel. HealthyTouch™ is made exclusively with SoftSense and you’ll only find it at your local Bliss dealer.HealthyTouch carpet with Beaulieu SoftSense fiber for Bliss carpets is remarkable in how it uniquely combines softness with rugged durability.

Feature-page-title-Antimicrobial

Antimicrobial: A chemical treatment added to carpet to reduce the growth of common bacteria, fungi, yeast, mold and mildew.

Antistatic: The ability of a carpet system to dissipate an electrostatic charge before it reaches the threshold of human sensitivity. This is a desirable attribute if you have ever experienced electro static shock from rubbing your feet on a carpet, but an additional benefit this feature offers is the protection of your electronic equipment from damage due to static electricity.

Odor Control: It may be hard to believe, but one company offers odor control features in their carpet that helps to assuage or neutralize odor emission. While this is a pleasant feature to have in your carpet, especially in busy households with pets, it does not remove matter from your carpet;therefore, wiping up spills, vacuuming, and professional cleaning are still required.

 

Mohawk-logo

Manufactured by: Mohawk

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/smartstrand.aspx

AntistaticLifetime Antistatic WarrantyFade ResistanceSmartStrand carpet has excellent colorfast properties that resist fading from sunlight exposure, UV light and ozone. You WANT the color, you BUY the color, you KEEP the color.25 Year Fade Resistance Warranty
Smart-Strand-Silk

Manufactured by: Mohawk

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/smartstrand-silk.aspx

Antistatic Lifetime Antistatic WarrantyFade Resistance25 Year Fade Resistance Warranty*See SmartStrand Above
wear-dated

Manufactured by: Mohawk

http://www.mohawkflooring.com/flooring-products/carpet/wear-dated.aspx

AntistaticLifetime Antistatic WarrantyFade ResistanceClaims to have excellent fade resistance, but this property is not covered in its warranty.
Stainmaster-carpet-logohttp://www.stainmaster.com/page/our-carpets/stainmaster-advantage/stain-prevention AntistaticInstead of relying on a sprayed on anti-static solution, we invented built in protection that never wears off.All Stainmaster carpet offers a lifetime Warranty for antistatic features.Fade ResistanceSTAINMASTER®SolarMax® carpet resists fading, even in intense sunlight.*Camelot, Beaulieu, and Tuftex are among a variety of carpet manufacturers that use Stainmaster yarn to construct carpet. Just look for the Stainmaster logo if this is your preference.
clear_touch Fade ResistanceInherently fade resistant.
magic-fresh

Manufactured by: Beaulieu

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/carpet-treatment/magic-fresh.aspx

Odor ControlFor a clean, fresh smelling home, let your carpet do the work with Magic Fresh® odor reducing carpet treatment. It’s completely safe and natural, plus it lasts for the life of your floor. It’s even self-renewing, meaning that it’s continuously working to rid your home of common household smells, like those from pets, cooking and smoking. Magic Fresh is only found on carpets made by Beaulieu®.So how does it work? Well, it’s a lot like how an open box of baking soda absorbs odors in your refrigerator. When they come into contact with Magic Fresh, it breaks down the odor compounds and releases them back into the air as harmless and odorless carbon dioxide. The result is a cleaner smelling home without the use of air fresheners or deodorizers. All homes have odors. Even yours. The thing is, you’ve grown so accustomed to the essence of your home that you may not notice certain smells that others notice immediately. (Studies show 80% of adults surveyed reported this phenomenon.) With Magic Fresh, you’ll never worry about any of that again.Independent laboratory tests prove the effectiveness of this remarkable odor reducing carpet treatment. Testing shows conclusively that pet urine and cigarette smoke on treated carpeting emit dramatically less odor compared to untreated carpets.The beauty of Magic Fresh odor reducing carpet treatment is that it’s always at work and requires nothing of its owner. Magic Fresh will last for the life of your carpet – up to 10 years, or up to 5 hot professional extraction cleanings.
silver-release

Manufactured by: Beaulieu

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/carpet-treatment/silver-release.aspx

Anti-MicrobialTalk about an idea that sells itself! Silver Release is an antimicrobial carpet treatment that safely and naturally inhibits the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria, mold and mildew. It’s exclusive to Beaulieu® of America and is added to select Bliss® carpets during the manufacturing process.Silver has long been recognized as a powerful antimicrobial element and has been used in water preservation since ancient times. In fact, the saying “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth” is largely based on the fourteenth century practice of placing silver spoons in the mouths of wealthy children as a means of preventing disease. More recently, zinc and copper have been found to have strong antimicrobial properties as well. Bliss has combined all of these elements in Silver Release to create a one-of-a-kind antimicrobial carpet treatment.The key to its effectiveness is a unique, balanced combination of silver and either zinc or copper ions. The process takes the same moisture that the microbes use to live and instead, uses it to initiate the release of ions from the fibers. These ions then bind to the microbes, inactivating them. Silver ion technology is widely used in other antimicrobial applications, from surgical masks and bandages to laundry equipment.Because it’s added to the carpet fibers during the manufacturing process (much like our Magic Fresh® odor reducing carpet treatment), you don’t do anything to activate it. It’s always at work. The treatment lasts for the life of the carpet. For a fresher, healthier feeling home, there’s nothing better than Bliss carpet with Silver Release antimicrobial carpet treatment, available only from Beaulieu.*Silver Release is a trademark of Beaulieu Group, LLC and is not related in any way to the antimicrobial feature of the carpet. Such antimicrobial characteristics are built into the carpet to protect the carpet only from stain and odor causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. THE ANTIMICROBIAL CHARACTERISTICS DO NOT EXTEND TO PEOPLE OR ANIMALS AND IN NO WAY AFFECT OR IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE OR ANIMALS.
beaulifu

Manufactured by: Beaulieu

http://www.blissflooring.com/bliss/home-carpet/performance/anti-static.aspx

Anti-StaticSelect Beaulieu carpets have an anti-static feature that’s a permanent part of the nylon carpet fiber. Technically, it’s a carbon core inside the fiber and cannot be lost or broken down by cleanings or wear. The products we offer with this anti-static feature are Bliss STAINMASTER® with Magic Fresh® and Holleytex® main street commercial nylon fiber carpets. Hollytex made with olefin fibers are inherently non-static – meaning they will generate static electricity under industry standards of 3.5 kV.*Static shock doesn’t mean a carpet has a defect — static buildup is a natural occurrence. It’s the accumulation of an electrical charge on the surface of an object, usually caused by the friction of two objects rubbing together. Many things can generate a static charge, under a variety of conditions. In carpet, for example, those conditions are dependent upon the relative humidity in the room, the amount of walking, the type of shoes or soles worn and the type of carpet padding underneath. In most cases, an occasional build-up of static discharge is a harmless nuisance — and that is what our anti-static feature helps to prevent. In fact, personal computer manufacturers have long recognized the challenge of static electricity and have insulated their products to help prevent problems from the occasional discharge.The anti-static feature built into Bliss and Hollytex products carries a Lifetime Warranty and is meant to inhibit discharge, only. Even if you keep your indoor relative humidity above the recommended 40% level, the humidity outdoors can also have an effect. Also, if you use anti-static sprays on your carpet, they have a limited lifespan and will have a tendency to attract soil.