SmartStrand® Forever Clean.™ The Toughest, Easiest to Clean Carpet on the Planet™

Why? Is it magic? Or voodoo? Nope. Just science. There are many ways to make carpet last longer and stay resistant to stains and dirt. One way is to coat the fibers with a clear dye I.E. Scotchgard or Stainmaster. Another is to use yarn that is water resistant like P.E.T. (Polyethylene Terephthalate) that stains are not absorbed into. Or you could use corn starch. What? Corn starch? Yep. Here is the (non) dirt. http://www.mohawkflooring.com/assets/files/smartstrand-forever-clean.pdf SmartStrand carpet from Mohawk is designed to be permanently...

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Myths and Misses

Myths and Misses

  Everybody knows more about carpeting than the experts. Did you know that? For example, despite years of testing from the Carpet and Rug Institute and the E.P.A everybody knows that carpet causes allergies, has formaldehyde in it and can actually kill you. It is boring, dirty, and bad for the environment and causes halitosis. It is even worse than cooties. Well. Sorry to burst your bubble, but people, people, people. Carpet captures allergens so that you can vacuum them up with your HEPA rated vacuum cleaner. There is more formaldehyde in...

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Flooring Buyer’s Guide Part 2

Flooring Buyer’s Guide Part 2

A good pad = upgrade??? This does not make sense. How can your carpet be protected from foot traffic if I don’t automatically use the best carpet pad? Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. First of all it is my job, not yours, to specify the pad that goes under your carpet. As with anything, there is a correct pad and an incorrect one. There is a lot of confusion about carpet pad (also known as underlayment). In recent years the Carpet Cushion Council (Yes there is a committee for everything) has devised a chart for pad that goes...

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ESD Flooring: A Shockingly Innovative Product

ESD Flooring: A Shockingly Innovative Product

  I have an an arcane subject today for my commercial floor buyers. If static electricity is an issue at your company or manufacturing facility, then electro-static dissipative flooring may be the answer. First, why bother? It’s only a little shock. Really? The human body can generate up to 30 000 Volts in static electricity depending on the type of clothing we wear, the type of upholstery we sit on or floor coverings we walk on. The resulting discharge from the electron imbalance when we touch a grounding source is often felt as a static...

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The Moldy Truth: Part 2

The Moldy Truth: Part 2

What does mold look like? Assuming you have found a leak or area where moisture may be entering your home, mold may be cottony, granular, and velvety or leather like. Its color may be white, grey, brown, yellow, green or black. It should smell musty or earthy. If you see mold and your home is dry and clean, try to clean it with a dilute solution of bleach. Generally this will take care of the problem. Remember: If you do not have a moisture problem you probably do not have mold. Clean and dry = No mold. A great resource for information on...

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Fiber: The Final Frontier

Fiber: The Final Frontier

Today we continue our talk about the different varieties. And of course; the natural floor. Natural fibers made from organic sources that have not been chemically altered include wool, cotton, silk, sea grass, jute, and hemp. Natural fibers require more drying time because they are very absorbent, are more easily damaged by chemicals, shrink, stain easily, water spot, fade, and are readily attacked by mold and insects. Silk is the only natural filament fiber. The fibers usually are about 1000 feet long. It is a protein fiber obtained by...

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