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Asked by Janice K.
Q: Please settle a bet. I say a carpet made with a solution-dyed fiber is better than one that’s not. My husband says they’re all the same and that there’s no real difference. I’ve got a dinner and a movie riding on this!
A. So what movie you seeing? Seriously, there is a big difference. A solution-dyed fiber has color all the way through it. We say the color is “locked in” and can’t wear-off, wash-off or fade-off. You’ll find certain nylon and polyester fibers made this way. Although all carpet fibers today are the best science and technology can produce, solution-dyed fibers are special.
Asked by Sally F.
Q: My husband and I are big pet lovers (we’ve got a couple of dogs and a cat). Is carpet really a good idea?
A. Not a problem. Carpet fiber and construction technologies have made big advancements in the last few years. Two big concerns with pets are stains and odors.
In our Bliss collection, for example, we’ve taken care of both problems, beautifully! You should take a look at Bliss STAINMASTER with Magic Fresh. You get legendary stain protection PLUS odor control built right into your carpet to keep your home fresh and clean smelling.
Asked by Mary C.
Q: Is there anything I can do to avoid getting zapped by my carpet when I walk across the floor and reach for my doorknob?
A. Ouch… yeah, we’ve all been there. Static electricity is a natural occurrence that happens a lot of places. Simply put, it’s the build-up of a static charge on the surface of an object (you, in this case) from friction (you walking across the floor) under certain conditions – usually when it’s dry with a relative humidity under 40%. How you walk, what kind of shoes or socks you’re wearing, and even weather conditions will all affect this. There’s nothing wrong with your carpet – or you.
You can remedy this by keeping some humidity in the air (like using a humidifier), using a spray (although we don’t recommend that because the remedy is temporary and the residual spray attracts dirt to your carpet) or using an anti-static carpet. Bliss STAINMASTER with Magic Fresh and Hollytex carpets are anti-static. These carpets are made to inhibit that zap you’re experiencing.
Asked by Julie J.
Q: I see the designation “BCF” on carpet fiber names. What does that mean?
A. BCF stands for “Bulk Continuous Filament” carpet fiber. This means that the fiber is one long stand that is used to make carpet. If the carpet fiber isn’t designated BCF, it’s likely a “staple” fiber. Staple fibers are short lengths of fiber used to make carpet. BCF is considered superior by the carpet industry.
Asked by Connie R.
Q: My son was just diagnosed with allergies to compounds common in household dust. I’ve heard some negatives about installing carpet in his room as it might make the condition worse. What’s your position?
A. We agree with the Carpet and Rug Institutes’ assessment. After their own studies, they have concluded that with proper care and cleaning, carpet is fine. Carpet actually functions as a giant air filter. The carpet fibers catch and hold onto allergens that settle out the air and stay there until you vacuum and have professional cleaning done, per your manufacturer’s guidelines. Conversely, hard surface flooring doesn’t hold the allergens out of the air, so each time you walk across a hard surface floor, allergens are stirred-up into the air you breathe.
You can learn more at carpet-rug.org.
Asked by Rachel S.
Q: Why do I see some carpets available in 15 ft. widths and some in 12 ft. widths?
A. Interestingly, most rooms in typical American homes are less than 12 ft. wide. That means a 12 ft. roll of carpet at the proper length can be installed in most rooms without having to piece it together with a seam. For those rooms wider than 12 ft., carpet manufacturers have developed a 15 ft. width for carpet styles that have a pattern in them. That makes it easier for the carpet installer to avoid having to piece together a carpet with a pattern and avoid a seam showing (where the carpet comes together) for a smoother, seamless appearance!