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Usually defined as wall to wall and is fastened down.
Functions of Soft flooring
Acoustics, Aesthetics, Comfort, Thermal Insulations, Safety, Atmosphere
Criteria for Selecting Carpet
Residential: Color, Cost, Comfort
Commercial: Durability, Traffic, Cost, Maintenance
Advantages: high resiliency, soft, dyeable, naturally fire resistant, beautiful, wears well.
Disadvantages: moths, fuzzes, very expensive, easily stained.
Advantages: Soft, Naturally Stain resistant
Disadvantages: degrades in sunlight, expensive
Rarely used in carpet; more often found in throw rugs (think bathrooms)
Advantages: excellent resilience. resistance to abrasion, mildew and fading. minimal fuzzing, moderate cost.
Disadvantages: melted by strong acids, easily stained, bleached out by chlorine bleach, static electricity.
Is the most popular carpet fiber sold in US.
Advantages: Strong, lightweight, inexpensive, durable
Disadvantages: poor resilience, not soft.
Used in indoor/outdoor carpet and in Berber carpets.
Advantages: Soft, resilient
Disadvantages: low abrasion resistance
Advantages: inherently stain resistant
Disadvantages: poor resilience, attracts oily soils
Five primary fibers used in carpet today?
Wool, Nylon, Polypropylene (Olefin), Polyester and Acrylic
Common Trade Names for Fibers
Anso IV (soil repellant)
Antron III (anti-static)
Ultron Z (soil-hiding)
Chromell SD Nylon (anti-static)
Stainmaster Tactesse BCF Nylon